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January 12, 2015

Blogger: Columbia Shafer

A few days ago I was giving a tour and someone asked me what I would do differently if I could repeat my time at Occidental. I’ve loved my time at Oxy, so my initial reaction was that I wouldn’t change a thing. However, upon reflection I realized I wish I had taken greater advantage of all of the opportunities available. Below are just a couple of Oxy’s most amazing resources and opportunities that I wish I had discovered earlier and a few more that I plan try out in the coming semester.

As a senior it’s embarrassing how many programs and resources I didn’t take advantage of earlier in my time at Oxy. During the past semester I checked out a bike from the Bike Share program for the very...

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January 6, 2015

Blogger: Nina Greenebaum

As winter break comes to a close, Occidental students are beginning to think about what the next semester will hold. However, before returning to Los Angeles to begin my final semester at Occidental, I wanted to share some insight on this past semester at Occidental, and finals week in particular. 
This past finals week, the library was filled to capacity at all hours of the day with students shuffling through flash cards, preparing for an exam, rapidly debating in study groups or buried into their laptops, constructing essays. As a senior, this was by no means my first finals week at Oxy; I like to think that I know the drill, but each finals week presents a new set of challenges and assignments. At the start of each finals week, there is a sense of impossibility considering the essays, exams and presentations ahead; however, despite the stress during finals, there is also an amazing sense of...
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January 2, 2015

Blogger: Sarah Tamashiro

It’s 11:04 Hawaii Standard Time on New Year’s Eve 2014, moments away from a new year.  Those that interact with social media know that recently Facebook and Instagram have been compiling some of the best moments of your year to share with the rest of the internet.  I’m not a fan of these types of things but I like the concept of reflecting on how much love and joy we’ve been fortunate to share with others over the past 365 days.  As a recent graduate, I’d like to take this last blog post to reflect on how much admiration I have for Oxy.  
Hawaii is the “50th state” but really it's a country far removed from the rest of the US – historically, culturally, and geographically.  Over the past few...
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December 30, 2014

Blogger: Griffin Taylor

As I write this, I wade waist-deep into the least favorite part of the semester: finals week. It is like any other week: there’s a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and even a Saturday. Except there’s a catch- the monolithic examination of your knowledge on the entirety of a class. The fruits of your labor are either exalted to the stellar mark you always swore you would bring home to your parents, or is doomed to haunt you in regret. I would say this is a fairly agreed-upon conception of finals week between college students. 
As one might wonder, finals week is not a fan favorite among students, as first-years and seniors alike cram for an unknown test, compile readings upon readings into a final paper, scribble notes late into the night preparing for a...
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December 25, 2014

Bogger: Connie Oh

Now that winter break is here, and you’ve probably already heard way too much about finals week at this point, I’m going to talk about something other than academics here at Oxy – I’m going to talk about getting involved with community service. I’m extremely passionate about giving back to the community. It’s always been a big part of my life, so obviously, community service is one of the most important activities I do here at Oxy. Here’s my little blurb on why (and how) to get involved in community service at Oxy.

First of all, it’s so easy to get involved in community service at Oxy. One look at the website for the Office of Community Engagement will tell you immediately that there are tons of ways to get easily involved....

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December 23, 2014

Blogger: Keane Tarrosa

Hey everyone,
As the fall semester ends, it is just starting to hit me that I only have one semester left at Oxy. The real world is rapidly approaching and I am desperately trying to make the most of my remaining Oxy experience. That’s why instead of working on my grad school apps or looking for jobs, I’m going to spend the next hour reminiscing with you all and sharing 7 things I wish I had known starting at Oxy. 
1) Make friends with Barry, Kathy, and Jenny
Each of these terrific people deserves their own bullet point but if I start to get too in-depth with them, I will never finish this post. Barry has found the perfect balance between fulfilling his role as a campus safety officer while simultaneously being a friend to...
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December 14, 2014

Blogger: Lisa Chang 

Fall semester has come to end, and with finals winding down, my time in Rome is also coming to a close. I cannot begin to recount all the amazing experiences, lessons, and cultural encounters I have had this semester. But instead of being one of those annoying individuals who can't seem to stop ranting and raving about their experiences abroad, allow me instead to end this semester with some closing thoughts of reflection.
As I start to pack my bags back home, I am reminded of the quote, "This is not the end, but a beginning." Studying abroad in Rome has not only exposed me to a different culture, but also prepared me for more intercultural experiences and adventures in the future. 
After learning to be semi-independent (...
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December 9, 2014

Blogger: Sarah Safuto

Greetings and salutations, readers! Last time I wrote about how happy I was that I transferred to Occidental; today I'm going to talk about my senior year here thus far and how being a transfer student plays into my feelings about that.

I'll start off by saying that all those things that my relatives told me about it all “going by so fast” - those things at which I smiled very politely then brushed off in high school – are absolutely true. Now that I'm getting ready to submit my comps and staring the first round of senior-year-finals in the face, it has started to hit me how close I actually am to graduating.

I told someone a few weeks ago that I...

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December 8, 2014

Blogger: Daphne Auza

As a senior, it’s almost like I am expected to write on the following topics: Senior C*mps (yes, that asterisk is as necessary as it is for a swear word because of how other seniors shudder every time I mention it). Gap year, job, and internship applications. Time speeding by so fast it’s unfair. A bucket list for everything about Eagle Rock I still need to explore before May. All of these things ring true for me, especially the fact that I feel as though all I needed to do was blink and senior year had already half finished.
However, I thought I would use this blog post to mention three campus resources that have proved incredibly useful to me lately. Some of them I’ve been using for a while, and one of them I’ve only become a little more familiar...
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December 5, 2014

Blogger: Aviva Alvarez-Zakson 

Hello again, internet! Did you miss me? Today I’m going to talk to you all about a process at Occidental College known as comps—the senior comprehensive thesis most majors on campus require, where students make contributions to the academic field they spent the last four years studying. As a senior history major, I am just starting to wrap up my comps, a 25 page paper and presentation. A lot of senior bloggers have alluded to their comps, and how much work they are. So, I figured I’d actually describe my own experience. Come on this journey won’t you? 
Step One: Find your passion within your passion 
Ask any of my friends or family members and you will know I was basically born a history  major. I often refer to different...
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