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September 29, 2016

Elise Sugarman '17

I am  back on campus and drowning in Comps preparations and midterms, and I can't help but look back on one of best summers of my life. This summer, I interned in the House Democratic Caucus on Capitol Hill, which serves every Democratic Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Caucus organizes the Democratic members of Congress in order to accomplish a Democratic agenda on the Hill.


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September 22, 2016

Elizabeth Andrews '20

As a first year, these last four weeks of school have been a whirlwind of transition. There has been so much to learn in the last month, some I have personally learned and some I have learned from watching others fail miserably. As first years, we were all blessed with the task to attempt to assimilate to a new culture. It has been great to watch my peers rise to the challenge of trying to appear as if we have any knowledge and understanding of what is going on. I have no doubt the lessons will continue...

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September 16, 2016

By: Matt Hao '19

Ioooooooooooo Triumphe! Heyyyyyy Tigers/potential new Tigers/Tiger parents/people just browsing the Internet who happened to come across this wonderful page. It’s me, Matt, and I’m baaack! With another school year starting, what better way to start off the Student Voices blog than informing y’all about one of the best experiences of my life, O-Team! To paraphrase Drake, O-Team O-Teaaaammmmm; we do a lot of cheers when we in O-Team! If you inserted those words into the verse of Drake’s song, One Dance, you’re most...

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July 14, 2016

Blogger: Alexis Morse
My name is Alex and I'm a rising junior, psychology major, and writing minor. Here at Oxy, we have an amazing program called InternLA, which I am lucky enough to be a part of for the summer. InternLA is a pretty prominent part of the internship opportunities at Oxy, so I wanted to tell a bit about how it has been so far. 
To apply to ...
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June 29, 2016

Blogger: Maddie Dimarco

Internships can be an anxiety-provoking topic for students, particularly for those like me who are entering their senior year in college. Getting the right opportunity can mean the acquisition of significant skills, contacts and even the promise of a job after graduation. The kinds of internships towards which my social science peers and I gravitate tend to be with non-profits, NGO’s, or organizations that work in the international development world. Unfortunately, those amazing internships rarely provide any funding for their interns. This...

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June 7, 2016

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

To whomever is reading this, whether it be my mom, my boss, or my mom, hello for the final time. This is my 24th blog post while being at Oxy; I can say with confidence that many of these were mediocre at best, and often lacked any real substance, but there was something about reading my first blog post from September 2012 that really got me to think about how Oxy has made me the person that I am today. And it’s not easy to put these thoughts into words, so please bear with me for this one. I’m also writing this...

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May 12, 2016

Blogger: Neah Bois

With the end of the year fast approaching, summer break is on the minds of students at Occidental. Sure, we have finals next week but we’re so close! We made it! And after summer break comes…. Next year? I won’t lie, I am a little excited for next year, and one of the reasons I am so excited is due to where I will be living.

A few weeks ago, my friends and I went through room draw. There were a few options for us: triple room draw, normal room draw, or themed housing. For a lot of rising sophomores, which I am, Norris Hall is high in demand. It’s a themed living space where you live in shared quads. A lot of my friends went for this option, but I decided I didn't want to live with 8-16 people. That being said, I decided to go for a triple...

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May 10, 2016

Blogger: Emily Henderson

This semester I finished one of the biggest achievements of my college career; I made a movie for my Advanced (Film) Projects class. Granted it was only five minutes long, but still. You’d be surprised how much work goes into five minutes of film.

Last January (...

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May 4, 2016

Blogger: Matthew Hao

Hey future/prospective/current Tigers! I hope that the last few weeks of school are treating you well and you’re not too stressed with life (if you are, I suggest Netflix). Fortunately we all have a few months of lying in the sun, binge watching Netflix without guilt, and vacationing to look forward to! Even though this is going to be the best summer ever, there are still a few things you should consider if you are an incoming Oxy student. Hopefully I can help make life a little easier with this blog!

First off, take some time for yourself and just relax. Honestly, you deserve it, because making it through high school is huge and getting into Oxy...

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April 29, 2016

Blogger: Camille Baechler

I am not one of those people who makes it to the gym. I might have every intention of doing so, I might spend way too much money on fancy leggings, I might even chow down on a protein bar in anticipation. But I am not one of those people who makes it to the gym. Actually, to be fair, I can usually get there. But getting there and actually getting things done are two vastly different things.

We all know that staying fit and healthy in college is mega-important. No one wants to admit how serious the “freshman 15” is, nor do we want to be one of those people who “hasn’t fit into those jeans since high school.” But staying fit and making time to go to the gym in college is much harder than it sounds – giving up precious time in your schedule that...

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