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May 5, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Coming into my second year at Occidental, I feared the imminent “sophomore slump” that everyone talks about. I had vivid flashbacks to high school, where sophomore year consisted of stress, sleepless nights, and about fifty too many basketball tournaments. Just the word, “sophomore,” gave me some not-so-good vibes. Now, with only two weeks until the end of the semester, I’m finding that I somehow avoided the slump and actually had the most incredible year to date. Here’s how:

3. I chose a minor. Deciding to minor in Education both challenged me and opened my eyes to classes I didn’t know existed. This semester I took the Conflict In Education course and, despite my fear of debating, came to enjoy it...

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May 3, 2014

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

Like many seniors, I am currently in the midst of the professional job hunt. The search for the elusive $38k/year salary has often entailed having to defend my liberal arts degree to future employers. As a public relations, communications, and marketing professional, I am often asked why I majored in psychology and art history instead of communications, business, journalism, or another directly applicable field. This is my response.

A) A liberal arts degree means your brain has been taught to think critically, think quickly, and learn broadly. Having a liberal arts degree means a high ability to learn whatever new task is presented and to think outside the box and on your feet. In an age where computers can do the formulaic work, creativity gets people hired.


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April 29, 2014

Blogger: Donovan Dennis

Although it feels as though the world of finals will come crashing through my façade of sanity at any moment, this has been a pretty good week. I’m currently stressing through a history term paper (on freed slaves and the colonization of Liberia), but earlier today j’ai fait une promenade along the beaches of Dana Point and San Onofre for a geology field trip. I couldn’t have asked for a better morning. I actually got to put my hand on one of California’s famous faults that had cut through the sandstone cliffs along the beach. I got some new samples and enjoyed a morning out and about before coming back to buckle down on my paper. I know my friends back home in Montana certainly weren’t in shorts exploring the outdoors today… still a little too...

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April 28, 2014

Blogger: Michelle Lo

At the end of the year it's time to give out all of the awards.

As my time at Oxy comes to a close (last blog post ever, wut? It's been such a short but sweet ride, my friends), I wanted to make a "Best of" and “Most likely to” award list that exemplifies everything about my Oxy experience.  I should mention while I advertise this as a “Best of” and “Most likely to” list, I had to pick from stiff competition—I also eliminated the stories that needed too much backstory, inside jokes, or not- appropriate- for- Admission’s- blog (but still SFW) material for your, the general public’s, enjoyment.  So without further ado, here it is!  

Best rooming situation
Berkus House (...

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April 25, 2014

Blogger: Enriqe Aguilar 

Hey guys! I’m back for another blog post, and this time I thought of doing something different. Finals are approaching, and you know what that means? Time to start studying. Actually, if you are one of those students who plans ahead of time, you probably have already started studying. Now, for those of us procrastinators who wait until the very last minute to get our studying done, stress is probably going to kick in within the next couple of days. So, instead of my usual life rants, I thought, “why not do a list of do’s and don’ts for studying for finals?” Here I go.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert. These are just MY suggestions.


  • Look over your notes. Don’t ignore them. I mean, you...
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April 25, 2014

Blogger: Martin Pittman

Last weekend was our first admitted students weekend together with our Multicultural visit program. I now find myself realizing how busy the months of April is. This is shocking because it makes me aware of how little school we have left. There is only about 2 weeks of school left.   This is both a frightening and amazing realization. This year seems to have dragged on so long, but now realizing how little time is left it feels like it has really flown by. I have to say I was able to do a lot of fun things in LA this semester like going to Little Tokyo to see the Japanese American National Museum, going with my sister to Disneyland for the first time, and getting to enjoy a rugby spring break staycation on campus. It seems like not so long ago I was...

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April 24, 2014

Blogger: Claire Marsden

Hi everyone! I’m back! Last time we talked I was stressing out hardcore about my senior comps, which I’d been working on since last November. But as of Friday, I’m done! And despite all the whining and groaning, it feels great. Holding my 47-page magnum opus after getting it bound at the campus Copy Center was surreal. It’s awesome and gratifying to see four years of your college education culminate in one project – but I have to say I’m glad it’s over!

Finishing comps is one of the last steps taken in the senior year trek to graduation. It’s happening in about a month now, and denial is no longer a viable strategy. I’ve been spending a lot of time reminiscing about the past four years and feeling nostalgic for my...

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April 22, 2014

Blogger: Claudia Dumpson

Hey everyone! 

As my sophomore year comes to an end, I’ve started reflecting and reminiscing a lot on the past two years (I’m not emotionally prepared to be halfway done with college, but that’s another topic altogether). My experience at Oxy has been nothing but great, but I realized that there are some things that I wish I knew before coming to college. Despite much wise advice and an embarrassing amount of time on College Prowler, I wasn’t totally prepared. 

So, here are 5 things I wish I knew.

1. Friends - The fear of not having friends in college was one of my main anxieties. Thankfully, I found a great group of friends pretty fast.  But if you don’t find your friends for a couple weeks, or even for a couple...

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April 21, 2014

Blogger: Laurel Cox

I can’t believe it’s already that time of year again. There are only a couple of weeks left in the semester, and for me only a couple of weeks left to be an undergrad. It is so strange and surreal; I’ve been a student for the past 17 years, and now all of a sudden I won’t be one anymore. Everything I do has a bittersweet tinge to it as a series of “lasts” unfold before me. My last Dance Production, my last MOFA, my last SpringFest. Rather than be sad about everything ending, though, I’m trying to be in the moment and focus on how much I’ve enjoyed my time here. Dance Pro ended a couple of weeks ago; I’ve participated every year (except the semester I was abroad), so when it ended, it really hit home that yes, I actually am graduating. At the end of...

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April 21, 2014

Blogger: Daphne Auza

Hi everyone! In case, you missed my last blog post, I’m currently studying abroad in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is finally spring here, although according to Dutch locals this past winter was actually unusually warm. It’s been really nice to enjoy some sun while biking through the city. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how often I’ll be going outside this week because I’m actually feeling pretty sick… but for reasons that make it totally worth it.

This past weekend, the program I’m studying with (CIEE) tookof us on a weekend excursion to the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog. I guess this congestion/sore throat is the product of running around in strong winds, biking in the cold, and living in close quarters with around 30 other people....

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