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November 3, 2013
Blogger: Columbia Shafer
October 31, 2013
Blogger: Enrique Aguilar
Hey everyone! I haven’t blogged in a while, so in case you don’t remember me, my name is Enrique and I am now a sophomore at Occidental College. A pretty exciting thing that has happened since my last post is that I have declared my major. I chose (insert dramatic drum roll here) Sociology!!! Frankly, I did not expect to choose Sociology as my major because I walked into this school extremely interested in DWA (Diplomacy and World Affairs). After taking a class, I realized that it wasn’t really my thing. My family had always pressured me into thinking about majoring in Economics, so I am currently taking a 101 class. I like it so far, but it just doesn’t compare to any of the Sociology classes that I’ve taken. I appreciated their...
October 31, 2013
Blogger: Daphne Auza
My name is Daphne, and I’m a junior here at Oxy. My default answer for telling people where I’m from is Sacramento, but before that I lived in Cleveland, Ohio and San Diego. I’m an English and Comparative Literary Studies major with a minor in Sociology. Throughout my Oxy career I’ve been involved in Spoken Word Club, Her Campus Occidental, The Occidental Weekly, and Feast Arts & Literary Magazine. So if you’re curious at all about some of the the publications and writing outlets we have on campus, I guess I’m your girl!
So far, this semester has been really different compared to my previous semesters here at Oxy - but in a good way. For one, I’m one of the newest residents in Pet House! The picture I’m...
October 29, 2013
Blogger: Matthew Cecconi
Hi! My name is Matthew Cecconi and I am a sophomore Sociology major from Los Angeles, California. Specifically, I live in Eagle Rock, a whole six-minute drive from campus.
Whenever I get asked why I chose a school so close to home, I love explaining all the perks that come along with it. For example, move-in day for my first year was a Saturday; I started packing on Friday. Additionally, for every break that we have had so far it is much easier to throw my clothes in my laundry bag and take that home rather than attempt to fit them all in a suitcase. These simple perks, however, are not the only reasons that living close to home is so easy and nice.
The fact that my hometown is Los Angeles was another big reason that made coming to Oxy so easy. The city is so rich with history and...Read More
October 29, 2013
Blogger: Marisha Thakker
So, what do political theatre, environmental policy and dance have in common? Me, of course. The countdown to my comps performance has begun – the senior comprehensive project – big, scary words for a very big, very scary process. Not really, especially when you have amazing mentors and friends to help support you (chocolates and hugs don’t hurt either). For my theatre comps, I’m writing and directing an eco-friendly production about four women who control the elements and their journey through the darkness to save the world. Pretty epic huh? What’s really incredible is that I get to work with so many talented designers and actors. My Theatre in Times of Crisis class is also an excellent source. We discuss everything from parodies to Brecht.... Read More
October 24, 2013
Blogger: Daisy Zhang
"He felt like cheering privately because people often wanted to start their lives all over again in tough times and not many of them actually got to do it." - David Chen, Claim the Earth
7 classes with 2 labs and a class at Caltech (with Everest!), plus 3 on-campus jobs as a grader, international student liaison and language table coordinator. Here is my third...Read More
October 22, 2013
Blogger: Madi Tsuji
I used to say commonly-heard things like, “the start of the year is so busy!,” “I’m still settling in,” and “I hate midterms week.” Now, in the middle of my fourth and final fall semester at Oxy, I’m realizing that all of the aforementioned statements are misleading. Yes, the start of the year is busy, but so is the rest of the semester. Yes, I am still settling in, but I will still be settling in until finals week, and then I’ll have to get used to a whole new schedule. And yes, I do hate midterms week, but midterms are really more aptly described as the season from the 3rd week of the semester to the 12th. And not only are the statements misleading, they are also commonly-given excuses.
We’re nearly at the halfway point of the...Read More
October 18, 2013
Blogger: Claudia Dumpson
My name is Claudia and I’m a sophomore from Burlingame, California, a suburb about 20 minutes south of San Francisco. I’m a Sociology major, Spanish minor and a possible double minor in Education. I’m a new tour guide, member of Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha sorority, and a mentor for a program called WYSE.
I’m a new tour guide this year and something that prospective students and parents ask often is “Why Oxy?”. And since this is my first blog I decided that’d be a perfect way to start.
Disclaimer: This list is definitely not exhaustive because I love Oxy way way way too much to summarize it via blogging.
I guess my high school would be considered big (around 1,300),...Read More
October 16, 2013
Blogger: Martin Pittman
My Name is Martin Pittman, and I am junior sociology major from Washington DC.
Being so far away from home, some might imagine, is a big struggle and one that has me longing for bitter winters of the east coast. I am almost the exact opposite, though. The beautiful weather and great people here at Oxy have me consistently searching for ways to get back to the CALI SWAGG DISTRICT. My mom always said I was a flower child at heart, and my love for the west coast has done nothing but prove that.
I came to Oxy as a math major, but like a lot of students at Occidental, the social justice route was just too enticing. After a few semesters of science, social theory, and crazy fun, I settled on Sociology which let me combine my interest in society and and my...Read More
October 10, 2013
Blogger: Ashley Wilson
Hi, my name is Ashley Wilson. I'm from San Francisco, CA and a sophomore at Oxy.
When I was applying to Oxy as a senior in high school, I went from wanting to go to college on the east coast to staying on the west coast...and back again. So Oxy was really the last place I was originally considering for attending for college. Turns out that it was one of the best choices of my life. I'm only a short plane flight or a fun (relatively short) road trip away from home. This became especially important for me as I get easily homesick if I'm away from home for extended periods of time. Because I live so close, my mom can visit me and I can go home fast if there's an emergency.
I've realized, looking back at my experience so far at Oxy, it's been a relatively positive one. I'...Read More