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September 12, 2014

Blogger: Daphne Auza

Hello everyone, it’s good to be back! Well, technically I returned to L.A. in June for an internship, but over the summer I was able to hang out with people who were working on campus. However, Oxy in the summertime is definitely not the same, especially when there aren’t students bustling around the Quad or socializing in the Marketplace. I love being back in the swing of things, although I’m already wondering if I’m spreading myself a little too thin. It’s like I never even left 9 months ago for study abroad!

Also, it’s finally happened, folks: I’m a senior. Although I haven’t been able to let it sink in quite yet. Between an off-campus internship, two on-campus jobs, my senior comprehensive project, and all the...

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September 11, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman in possession of a good college education, must be in want of a life.”

That incredibly authentic quote by Jane Austen really sticks with me. In my first two years at Oxy, I needed a steady balance between schoolwork and free time. Now in my junior year, my desire for that life outside of school has surprisingly diminished to the point where finding myself with a free hour during the day must mean that I forgot to go to a meeting. I think my favorite part of this semester is having so much to do that I actually have reason to color-coordinate my Google Calendar. While it is daunting to look my life in the face and see how little time I have to myself, it’s comforting to know I can’t let myself sleep in until ...

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September 9, 2014

Blogger: Matthew Cecconi

Hey all! 

It is good to finally be back in school. Summer is always a great time but I am excited to begin my third year. It is, however, hard to believe that it is already here. Twice in the past week, I have told people that I am in my second year and have had to correct myself. Before starting this year though, I want to tell you about my summer.

This summer I had an internship with a private company called MorphoTrust USA. You have probably never heard of them, and that is totally alright. It really all fell together after I thought that I would not be getting...

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July 1, 2014

Blogger: Connie Oh

Summer means something different for everybody. For some, it’s a time of relaxation and rest. For others, it’s a time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the school year. Even F. Scott Fitzgerald had something to say about the season, as he once wrote, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” I have to agree with Fitzgerald’s beautifully worded statement: for me, summer is a time of new life – of new energy.


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June 25, 2014

Blogger: Kristen Treat

Unlike most of my fellow senior classmates, my last assignment was not turned in inside one of the hallowed halls of our now alma mater (whoa, that’s weird to say!). I submitted my final group paper for BIO 370: Tropical Ecology just a few nights ago at the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Bocas del Toro, Panama after eight days of intensive coral reef research. For the past three weeks, the class has been traveling through Central America, applying the ecology knowledge and research skills we have worked tirelessly on during the semester to conducting mini-research projects at each site, while simultaneously eating our weight in beans and rice.


Starting in Costa Rica, we visited La Selva Biological Station, which has also been my home for the past two...

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June 18, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” –Winston Churchill

The other day at my internship, my supervisor asked me what that something was. It made me put a lot of things into perspective. Mainly it made me think about how I will one day successfully get my own Ben & Jerry’s flavor. (Hey, if the Dave Matthews Band can do it, so can I!)

This summer I am an intern at the Writer’s Guild Foundation Library and, for the amount of time I spend reading Parks...

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June 14, 2014

Blogger: Donovan Dennis


As a high schooler, my long Montana summers were spent at the pool, relaxing in my lifeguard stand, hanging out with my closest friends. Sophomore through senior years, I claimed lifeguarding my profession, and was lucky enough to land a cushy job at a low traffic pool where most of my close friends also worked as guards. Many days were “no patron days,” which we spent laying out on the lawn chairs, playing in the pool, or more often than not, sleeping in the guard hut. Weekends off-duty took us cabin-hopping between my cabin and my friends’, from Flathead’s shores to stargazing in the Highwoods. It was hard to imagine a better gig....

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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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