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November 29, 2014

Blogger: Emily Johnson

Gratitude. This word keeps reverberating in my thoughts this week. But I am not grateful simply because of the time of year. Instead, in the midst of my senior year and approaching my final semester, I am experiencing a different sense of gratitude. Sure, my parents and sister would love to read how grateful I am for their love and support. And, although this is true, I find myself more and more grateful each day for the spectacular students that surround me at Oxy.

When I decided to come to Oxy, I never realized how much the students around me would shape the person I am becoming. The rhetoric around choosing a college revolves around the school that offers the best classes, best degree, and best ability to get your dream job. (I’m still waiting for that shoe to drop.)...

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November 27, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

¡Hola! Welcome to “Maddy’s 17th Blog Post”. I’ll refrain from making a cheesy joke using the lyrics from “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” but know that it hurts me not to. It’s officially Thanksgiving break and, in the spirit of the holiday, I thought I would list what I’m most thankful for about my life at Oxy, minus the obvious stuff like weather, squirrels that chase each other, and the Financial Aid Office.

Here it goes:

1. The Quad. If you ever see me on campus, there’s a good chance it’s on the quad. I spend a lot of time on those benches. Sure, I have my favorites, but I’m always open to...

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November 24, 2014

Blogger: Kyle Beasley

This semester has kept me busier than ever. With all the programing going on, coupled with the loads of homework, and on top of that, working on my senior comprehensive project, my scheduled has been packed. But to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
One of the big programming efforts this semester was Unity Week. Oxy’s Black Student Alliance (BSA), in collaboration with numerous other cultural organizations, came together to put on...
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November 20, 2014

Blogger: Amber Thai

These past few weeks have been filled with birthday activities and the final grind towards working on my senior comprehensive presentation. I recently turned 21 a couple of weeks ago, and it was by far the best birthday that I celebrated at school. It reminded me of how great it is to go to a small school and how awesome of a community Oxy is! Since my birthday was two days before Halloween, I remembered to head to Krispy Kreme for their Halloween-themed donuts. 

With all that was going on, I have been working on my senior comprehensive presentation. As a Biology major, I signed up to present on an environmental neurotoxin known as the Tetanus neurotoxin produced by a bacterium that causes prolonged muscle contractions and spasms. My presentation is coming up in a week and I’m trying not to...

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November 19, 2014

Blogger: Griffin Taylor

Working as a senior fellow at admissions allows you to meet a myriad of people from different backgrounds, different states, different countries, different everything. In many ways, these students have similar interests in Oxy and the liberal arts, but one thing that I’ve found that links all of these students together -- and everyone at Oxy -- is that we’re all on our own journeys.
For the students applying to college, they have a new journey ahead of them. They are about to embark on what is probably going to be an incredibly formative four years for them. But what has led them to this point in time, where they must decide which college to attend, turns entirely on their life experiences up until this point. One...
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November 17, 2014

Blogger: Kate Coursey

When I first transferred to Occidental, I had very few memories of my first two years in college. I attended a large state university only five minutes from my childhood home. It was a commuter school with tens of thousands of students. My classes were huge, professors rarely knew my name, and there was no community to speak of. Walking around campus, I could go weeks at a time without seeing a familiar face.
Now, one and a half years into my time at Oxy, I’ve created more memories and friendships than I ever had at my old university. I’ve embarked upon adventures I never would’ve imagined. But perhaps most importantly, I’ve rediscovered the love of learning. It’s a love I lost a long time ago…...
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November 12, 2014

Blogger: Matthew Cecconi

Hey Everyone!

Matthew here, and it is that time of the semester where once again we come to registration. This time is championed by lots of frantic searching for classes and the ever present question, “So, what are you taking next semester?” I wanted to give what I think are 5 important things to remember while registering.

They go like this:

  1. Plan, Reevaluate that Plan, and then Plan again
    I would say this is the first thing because you never know how many times you will change what you want to do. I have gone through 3 potential majors before settling on sociology. One of the many things you can do is create a four-year academic plan. This is in no way binding and it can just be an aid. I would recommend using...
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November 11, 2014

Blogger: Claudia Dumpson 

One of my main reasons for studying abroad in Madrid, Spain was to gain more fluency in the language. I’ve been taking Spanish classes since 7th grade but my level of Spanish had plateaud and I knew that living in a Spanish-speaking country would be the only way to remedy that.  
I was right. It’s been said before and I’ll say it again - the only way to truly know a language is to live in it. Being surrounded by Spanish has been one of the hardest yet most rewarding things about being abroad. 
When I say surrounded, I mean it. Madrid has its fair share of tourists, but less than many major European countries, so most people working in restaurants, shops and bars know little to no English. All of my classes are taught...
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November 10, 2014

Blogger: Nina Greenebaum 

As a senior at Occidental College, I now live off-campus, allowing for engagement with both the on and off-campus communities. While the majority of my time is spent on campus, either in class, in meetings, or in one of my favorite study spots, the opportunity to live off-campus as a senior is invaluable; it fosters continuity between the Eagle Rock community and life at Occidental. 
This Halloween, the moment the sun began to go down, my housemates and I heard a knock at our door. 
“Nina, it’s trick or treaters!!!” Beebe Sanders (senior) yelled. 
We scrambled to find the candy bowl and greet the trick or treaters.
“Trick-or-treat!” The Devil, Tank Engine and Princess squealed. 
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November 6, 2014

Blogger: Somer Greene

Hi everyone!

Hope your semesters are going well and things aren’t getting too busy.  It’s hard to believe that it’s already November and I’m going to be registering for spring semester’s classes next week. This year has been all over the place. One minute I’m discussing research methods and the next I’m coordinating plans for January’s Martin Luther King Day of Service.

 I’ve definitely had to grow up this semester, and even though it’s tough I’ve loved every minute of it!  I have an internship off campus, which means I rely on public transportation from time to time, and...

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