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March 21, 2014

Blogger: Martin Pittman

As Spring break quickly came upon us, I began thinking about how I would spend this break. During spring break my first year I went home and relaxed with my family. Last year, I had the pleasure of escaping to a cabin in the woods for a Midspring Night’s Dream with some friends. I realized how much I have typically traveled over spring break, and this year I found myself forced to remain around campus.

Unfortunately, the Sunday before break began our oxy men's rugby team caught it's first loss which meant we would play Sunday the 16th. I was so frustrated that my spring break plans had come crashing down as I knew we would have practice this week. However, this time spent at school gave me time to reflect on the semester so far, and what I realized is that...

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March 20, 2014

Blogger: Becca Patch

In less than two weeks, your mailbox will begin overflowing with piles of fat envelopes, the word CONGRATULATIONS scrawled in elegant letters on the front. It’s an incredibly exciting time, because it’s the product of all the work you’ve put in over the last four years, but it can also be very stressful. With that in mind, I wanted to take a break from talking about my experiences at Oxy, and instead share some advice that spans from opening the mailbox to choosing your college! 

(I'm also including a lot of random photos, courtesy of my first week of college-- this first one is of my mother and I sitting in Rush Gym during the very first day of Orientation)

1. It’s a Roller-coaster. One day you’ll open the mailbox and you’ll have a CONGRATS envelop and you...

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March 19, 2014

Blogger: Claire Marsden

Hello world! New blogger here. My name is Claire Marsden, and I’m a senior Politics major and an Admissions Senior Fellow from South Orange, New Jersey.

It’s starting to feel very real that in about two months, I will be graduating from Oxy. It feels like just yesterday that I was schlepping my huge Parent Trap-style yellow duffel bag up the hill to Braun Hall and taking a sweaty ID photo thanks to the 90+ degree heat (perhaps because I am haunted by that photo every time I hand over my ID to buy food at the Marketplace). As a first year, I remember thinking about graduating and feeling like it would never come – that I would be forever hanging out in the Quad, tanning on...

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March 17, 2014

Blogger: Laurel Cox

Hello everyone!! It’s been a while!! As we reach the halfway point of the semester, I feel like I—along with all the other seniors—am faced with two conditions: extreme nostalgia and extreme denial. It has been (and will continue to be) a semester of “lasts” for me. Last recruitment, last class registration, last spring break, last semester of college. BUT! Rather than focus on what everyone knows is coming and can’t help but talk about (GRADUTATION!!!), I’d rather reflect on the things I’ve learned in these four wonderful years at Occidental.  So here I present to you some of my senior wisdom. I even made pictures \^o^/

1.     It’s never too late to change your mind.


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March 17, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Cover letter? Check. Personal statement? Check. Resume? Check. Recommendation letters? Check. Double check that you’ve checked everything? Check.*

Applying for internships is a tedious job. I could probably score an internship with someone trying to apply for internships. We need the most help out of anyone, if you ask me. Are there any companies looking for college students with experience watching Netflix? (Yes, I have already checked Netflix.) I can almost guarantee you that I spend more time focusing on the what-seems-like-100 applications I need to fill out than any of my actual academic classes this semester. Let’s just say I am very thankful for the wonderful women at our Career Development Center these past few weeks. Whether it's checking over my resume and cover...

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March 15, 2014

Blogger: Ashley Wilson

The further I've gotten away from my first semester of freshman year, the more I've realized how happy and at home I finally feel at Oxy. However, it's really nice to be home (in San Francisco), too. I was one of the only people in my quad that left campus to come home, and I'm really glad I did. I love spending time with my mom – she's one of my best friends. We have always had a great relationship with each other, mother-daughter and friend-to-friend. I talk to her about my problems, and she gives me great advice, especially when I'm feeling uneasy about my friends. Likewise, when she is having problems, I'm there for her, too. For the most part, my family and I have been blessed with good luck, good health, and happiness. We even just added a new addition to our family! However, since...

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March 15, 2014

Blogger: Sarah Schmitz

Hi everyone! As spring break comes to a close and I have to finally accept that my real life must resume, I wanted to reflect and recap some of the fun stuff I’ve done this past week.

This year my friends and I decided to stay in LA as opposed to going back home, as many Oxy students do. While I tragically do not have a car on campus (it’s back home in the great city of Houston) I have wonderful friends with cars who volunteered to provide transportation.

Here are a few of the things we did during...

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March 13, 2014

Blogger: Qiu Meng Fogarty 


As it’s my first blog, I believe an introduction is in order! My name is Qiu, pronounced “Cho” as in “Cho Chang” or “Cho-sen.” I’m a Senior, studying Social Justice through making my own major. I hail from New York City. I enjoy hot yoga and I just adopted a 5 month old cat. ADORABLE!

So the topic of my blog post today is RACIAL DIVERSITY & EQUITY at Oxy.

As everyone will say, there are tons of types of diversity: diversity of thought, geographic location, religion, gender, sex, sexuality, race, class, ability, age etc. Occidental College has been made famous by its mission of diversity and equity. When potential college students start their college search, diversity is often one of the...

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March 13, 2014

Blogger: Lisa Chang

It's finally Spring Break at Oxy!

This past week for me was filled with a mixture of excitement, nervousness, stress, and relief. For one, I celebrated my 20th birthday last Saturday by attending a Pentatonix concert! (For those of you who have not heard of Pentatonix, you are missing out. Look them up on Youtube!) One of the biggest things that I appreciate about Oxy is certainly its fantastic location. Not only is there a plethora of museums, restaurants, and diverse attractions that you can visit any weekend, LA also has an exciting music scene in which both up-and-coming and famous artists remain active. As someone who especially loves all the music that artists on Youtube produce, I definitely appreciate Oxy's close proximity to all these concerts. In fact, I will be attending another concert in...
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March 7, 2014

Blogger: Jill Marucut 

As I'm writing this blog post, I'm becoming more and more excited about spring break. In approximately 17 hours from now, I will be jet set on my way to Puerto Rico, with a stop in New York! And I will be reuniting with my best friend from high school in Puerto Rico, which is undoubtedly the best part. We will be staying in San Juan for one week, and I can't wait to enjoy the beautiful weather, soak up the culture, and live carefree  for one week with the best company in the world.
As much as I may want to feel guilty for using Spring Break to explore Puerto Rico as opposed to catching up on work, making progress on Comps, and reading books that I've had on my to do list, I can't help but feel that going to Puerto Rico...
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