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February 26, 2015

Blogger: Donovan Dennis

I think it’s safe to say I’m having an “off” semester so far.

I reluctantly returned from the five week recess, and was greeted with a textbook-slam to the face by the reality that sometimes, college is hard. Even the best students find something they struggle with, especially when they start to take advanced classes and work on more comprehensive projects. If I’ve learned anything so far this semester, it’s been trying to rationalize and accept that the effort I put into my schoolwork sometimes isn’t reflected by the results that come out. That’s life, I guess. We can’t all be brilliant. I’ve never been bad at school (when I’ve actually tried), so failing homework...

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February 24, 2015

Blogger: Lisa Chang

After a whole semester studying abroad in Italy, I have finally returned to Oxy! Despite the small changes here and there, it's like I never really left. The stir-fry is still on point, the library entrance still gushes wind as if Beyonce's about to strut through, the readings are still never-ending, and people are still overly-friendly. As someone who's moved a lot in the past few years, it's hard to pin point where my "home" is. But returning to Oxy after a semester abroad definitely solidified this feeling of belonging that I feel on campus.

On my campus tours, I tend to tell visitors the big impressive things that make Oxy one of a kind. But in actuality, I really feel like the small things are what makes Oxy home to me. Whether it's...

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February 22, 2015

Blogger: Samuel Wylie

Occidental is small.  You’ll hear this fact in many different contexts.  In the college’s promotional materials, it’s followed by an academic benefit:  Occidental is small, so professors know and help you.  When you take a campus tour, it’s followed by a logistical comment:  Occidental is small, so you can walk to all of your classes in ten minutes or less.  When you’re considering Occidental as your future, it’s followed by hesitation:  Occidental is small, I’m scared it might feel too much like high school.  When you’re a student, it’s followed by a social fact:  Occidental is small.  I know everybody and everybody knows me.

If you...

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February 19, 2015

Blogger: Denzel Tongue

Hello internet! This is my first time taking a shot at this whole blogging thing, but I’ll do my best. My name is Denzel Tongue and I am a sophomore sociology major and public health minor. I’m also the historian for Oxy’s Black Student Alliance, and a Diversity Initiative Intern in the Office of Admission. I also dabble in a bit of lax (lacrosse for the lay person). This current semester is the most involved I’ve ever been at Oxy, and I love every bit of it.

College is one of the few opportunities a person has to live with all of their friends for an extended period of time. One of the main reasons I decided to come to Oxy was the...

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February 17, 2015

Blogger: Annie Yang

Hello everyone!

This is my first time blogging! My name is Annie Yang and I am a senior economics major and psychology minor. I am an international student from Taipei, Taiwan, and I work at the Office of Admission as the International Admission Intern. Besides my work, I am also the co-president of Pulse and Dance Production at Occidental College which are both dance related clubs. As you probably know now, I am pretty into dancing.

I first came to Southern California when I was in high school. Now I realize that I was pretty brave to make the decision to fly over by myself and study in a different country with a different language. Fortunately, the boarding...

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February 15, 2015

Blogger: Malcolm MacLeod

My name is Malcolm MacLeod, I'm a second semester junior here at Oxy.
The spring semester always flies by. It seems like it just started, but spring break is just around the corner and I've got a lot to get done before then. This semester my academic schedule is very focused, meaning that all of my classes are related to one another, and that's something I haven't really had before. As a Media Arts and Culture Major, I've studied many different facets of media, but this semester I'm particularly interested in film. It's been fun learning how much thought and direction goes into even the simplest shots, and fascinating to experiment with how I...
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February 13, 2015

Blogger: Columbia Shafer

Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend, and fair warning: I’m a big holiday person. Any day that involves special foods (particularly candy) a reason to dress up or silly traditions is highlighted in my calendar.

Luckily I attend a school that fully embraces holidays. For upcoming Valentine’s Day there will candy grams and glitter hearts strung across the dining hall, and a special spread in the student paper. But holiday cheer isn’t only for Valentine’s Day, each holiday on campus has its own traditions.

My personal favorite holiday is Halloween. Halloween combines two of my absolute favorite things: candy and dressing up. Planning my...

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February 11, 2015

Blogger: Matthew Cecconi

One of the best parts about going to school in Los Angeles is the access that you have to many different opportunities. One of these great experiences I have had is taking classes with current Los Angeles Unified School District school board member Steve Zimmer. While also serving full time on the school board, Professor Zimmer works as an adjunct professor for one class a semester. In the fall, the class is about the current education policy debates that are going on in the school district. I am currently in his spring class where we work on specific policy issues that are going to be brought in front of the school board in the next few months.

An added benefit beyond simply working with Professor Zimmer is his ability to bring...

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February 9, 2015

Blogger: Nicholas Yeh

After 5 long weeks of break, I was happy to be back in school. I had some pretty cool classes, some pretty awesome professors, and a really great schedule.  Yet, despite all that, I left on the Friday of the first week of school to the Netherlands.  Yup, I basically skipped the entire second week of school to be in the Netherlands.

Mind you, it wasn’t just for fun, or for a longer holiday, I mean 5 weeks is a pretty long break as is.  I was in The Hague, Netherlands for a week because I am the director of an Online Model UN Organization, and was the team director of our third travel team to THIMUN (The Hague International MUN) conference.  I was there last year as a team...

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February 5, 2015

Blogger: Emily Johnson

If you have ever been on one of my tours or in one of my information sessions, you likely heard me gush about professors, babble on about the beauty of office hours, and boast about the amazing required reading in college. Surprisingly, I don’t think this is so uncommon at Oxy.

Just reading that over, I understand how nerdy it sounds. But, over my four years at Oxy, I have become proud of my nerdiness. And with graduation just a few months away, I find myself reflecting on how my nerdiness has prepared me for the world that awaits. My nerdiness and appreciation for learning taught me how to be the author of my educational experience.

I now realize that I wrote my own educational story when I chose...

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