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October 27, 2014

Blogger:  Aviva Alvarez-Zakson

Hello Internet,

Im a first-time blogger here, besides that one time I tried to be an angsty teenager and found out I was actually really happy, but I digress. As the tour guide coordinator here at Oxy, allow me to introduce myself in my tour guide fashion: My name is Aviva Alvarez-Zakson, a senior, Los Angeles native, history major, education and Japanese studies double minor here at Oxy. Outside of my work at the Office of Admission as the tour guide coordinator, I am a member of the Varsity Swim and Dive team and co-president of the Student Athlete-Advisory Committee on campus. I have...

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October 24, 2014

Blogger: Daphne Auza

Hello world!

I’ve been sitting here brainstorming ideas for this admission blog for the past half hour, and apparently all I can draw out of me is “Hello world.” After the festival that I worked for all summer ended, I was excited to see that I had at least a couple free hours of nothing (sweet, glorious nothing!) every day in my schedule. But I quickly realized the deception of “nothing”. The end of my internship meant catching up on material for...

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October 22, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Oh, hello. Didn’t see you come in. Welcome to my humble abode, aka Installation Numero 16 of my blog posts. Can you believe we’re already past puberty? Time is truly amazing. Are you all getting sick of me yet? Do you even read these? Who knows? To be honest, I’m struggling to figure out what to write about this time ‘round. Mainly because I’m sick of writing about myself, and you all probably remember how busy I am, so what more is there to say? I guess strap in for a few rounds of shameless self-promotion.


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October 21, 2014

Blogger: Kate Coursey

Hey everyone! This is my first time blogging, so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kate Coursey, and I’m a senior studying English and Biochemistry here at Oxy. I’m preparing to apply for med school after college. I transferred to Oxy last year in the Fall, and after one year here, I feel I’ve gained a lot of perspective on what makes this college so unique and extraordinary.

            Before attending Occidental, I studied at the University of Utah for two years. The University of Utah is a large public research university with some really great professors and classes. Ultimately, however, I...

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October 20, 2014

Blogger: Keane Tarrosa

Hey everyone, my name is Keane.  This is my first time blogging for the Office of Admission, so I’ll start off with some basics. I’m a senior economics major here at Oxy, minoring in education and sociology. On campus, I’m a member of Oxy’s Impact Fund (a microfinance club) and the Vice President of Phi Kappa Psi (one of Oxy’s eight greek organizations). I’m from Huntington Beach, CA and still have no idea what exactly I’m going to be doing next year despite seemingly being asked every time I talk to someone. I couldn’t be happier with the time I’ve spent at Occidental and am excited that you all are considering Oxy in your college application process. 
I was going to write this blog looking back...
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October 15, 2014

Blogger: Kyle Beasley

Hello Readers!

It has been a while since I have blogged for Oxy, so allow me to reintroduce myself. I’m Kyle and I am a senior, urban and environmental policy major. I am just returning to campus after spending the Spring 2014 semester in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year at Oxy I am actively involved with the Black Student Alliance and I am also a Senior Fellow with the Office of Admission. 

As I mentioned, I am just returning after being abroad for 6 months. It is weird to know that, already, I am well into the first semester of my last year here at Oxy. While it sounds so cliche to say, it seems like just last week I was starting my first year, nervous about starting classes and getting involved. Now, as a “seasoned veteran”, its cool to be in a...

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October 14, 2014

Blogger: Amber Thai 

Hey all!

I hope that the semester has started off well (: It’s already October and I’m in the middle of doing my senior comps and can’t even start thinking about how I’m going to be graduating next Spring semester because everything seems so far off into the future. Time is passing by slowly which is good because I want to have as much time as possible to hang out with my friends. I don’t know if it’s because it’s Senior year but I’ve also had much more energy to do homework and work now more than ever. Maybe it’s due to the past three years that have trained me to stay up late haha.

As far as what I’ve been up to for this semester, I applied for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to Vietnam, which would allow me to spend a whole year in Vietnam to teach English to...

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October 13, 2014

Blogger: Columbia Shafer 

On tours I often have been asked, “What is the defining quality of an Oxy student?” After three years of close observation of Occidental students in their natural habitat I have come the the conclusion that we are a busy bunch. No matter what a student's interests are they probably involved in half a dozen different organizations, taking challenging classes, working, and making time to go out and explore LA. I'm certainly no exception to the busy Oxy lifestyle, and this past week has been proof.

The week started at 6am on Sunday when I got up to watch the sunrise on me and my roommate's birthday (a tradition I've blogged about before, pictured below)....

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October 10, 2014

Blogger: Rebeca Lopez

I took me a while to finally admit this to myself, but I am an indecisive person. If you can relate to this then you can imagine the difficulty I encountered when I had to chose my major. I considered at least 6 different majors before I finally decided I was going to study Urban and Environmental Policy. I took classes across several departments and realized that even though I enjoyed Sociology, Politics, Economics, Critical Thinking and Social Justice, and Kinesiology, I did not want to major in just one of those. 
My sophomore year I took the intro class for Urban and Environmental Policy and realized that it combined everything I enjoyed and even more; I felt like the decision had basically been made for me. I am now in my Junior year and still very confident that I chose the right...
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October 7, 2014

Blogger: Janel Booker

The past 3 years at Oxy, I have stayed pretty much consistent as far as extracurricular involvement is concerned: Dance Production and Cheer.  Then, senior year rolls around and I find myself trying to juggle my newly acquired job in admissions with my position as captain of the cheerleading squad and prepping my resume and cover letter for the job I hope to acquire before I graduate in May. ..along with my classes. Surprisingly, even though I feel as if I am doing less then in years past, I have much less free time. 


I’m constantly stressed or on the verge of tears because of the fear of failing. Often I’m very sleep deprived...

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