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November 8, 2016

 Elise Sugarman '17


            With the election happening this week and it dominating the news cycle, it is an exciting time to be a Politics major. For those sophomores currently trying to figure out your major and registering for classes for next semester, let me give you a pro tip from a senior: Politics is the best major at Oxy. And to prospective students who literally have no idea what they want to major in, I’d highly recommend taking Politics 101 (and then declaring a Politics major).

            Let me back up a little: the Politics major at Oxy covers a wide range of subjects from local to national to international...

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November 3, 2016

Tanvi Varma '19

It is hard to believe that I am almost halfway through my sophomore year. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was tearfully saying goodbye to my friends and family. As I embarked on this new and somewhat scary chapter in my life, one of my biggest fears was that I would not have many friends. While I enjoy people and want to get to know them, I am a very shy person by nature. It is difficult for me to go out of my comfort zone to do so. Instead, I gravitate towards staying quiet and keeping to myself. That being...

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November 1, 2016

Neah Bois '19

Confession: I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I don’t know what I want to do after graduation, I don’t know where I want to live or what kind of job I want to have. Sometimes, I think I know, and then I get distracted by something new and completely change my idea.

Confession: Coming into college, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had it all planned out: where I would live, what I would do, when I would do it. I was the annoying friend who let everyone know that I was going to be a politics major who then did the peace corps and then worked in D.C and this and that and you get the point.

Then I came to Oxy and my world changed. It all started in my CSP class, my first class of my first semester of college. The...

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October 27, 2016

Carol Ma '17

One of the things I have to mention every time I talk to people about my school is the food here. Food at Oxy is ranked no. 8 in the nation among all colleges in the U.S., and second for vegan and vegetarian opyions. The Marketplace is the biggest dining facility at Oxy, and one of my favorite places on campus.

One of my favorite things about the Marketplace is that there are different choices every day. There is the Salad bar, Sandwich station, Homestyle station, Saute station, Chef’s corner, and Grill station. The Salad bar serves three kinds of freshly cut fruits, three salad greens, and almost twenty different other vegetables and dressings every day. I was curious about how many different combinations of salad there could be, so I...

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October 24, 2016

Katherine Kim '19

Just like that, it is already that time of semester again! This being my first blog of the year, it is surreal to think that the second half of the fall semester is already well underway. As a sophomore, this means thinking about what major I want to declare and narrowing down the scope of classes that I need to sign up for. Reminders have begun to flood into our emails from the Advising Center that advising week is the first week of November and that registration for Spring 2017 classes is the week of November 7...

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October 19, 2016

Mackensie Priley '18

I am studying abroad in Amsterdam this semester in the SIT program Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender. I live in the southeast with my host Milly. I also have the opportunity to spend time with other members of Milly’s family as well. I have bonded with her nine-year-old granddaughter, but because she speaks very little English and I don’t speak Dutch, we communicate in different ways. One of our favorite ways is to show each other music videos we like. Milly and...

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October 17, 2016

Tanvi Varma '19

This past summer, I had an internship that involved managing the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society sector for the company I worked for. This entailed single-handedly putting together a low-cost social event to get a head start on fundraising for the annual Light the Night Walk in October. Though it was difficult asking organizations to donate, and a challenge overseeing and executing every aspect of the event flawlessly, the overall experience taught me qualities that are useful in my daily life as a student at Occidental...

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October 14, 2016

Laura Chun '19

As an Occidental student, I am proud to say I love the food on campus. We have four places to devour meals here at Oxy: the Marketplace, the Cooler, the Green Bean, and the Coffee Cart. The Marketplace is our main dining hall, with some fan favorites including omelet and pasta bar, taco Tuesday, specialty salad, and of course sandwiches made by Cathy. The Green Bean is the student run coffee shop on campus and features the best cold brew coffee and lattes in Eagle Rock (shhh, don't tell Cafe de Leche). And then there is the coffee cart, which is open late on the weekdays for students who...

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October 13, 2016

Hiipoi Lee '18

My Study Abroad Experience


Kia ora (Hello!) from New Zealand! While the students at Oxy are surviving...

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October 6, 2016

Romy Hackl ‘19 and Myka Kielbon ‘18

About KOXY, Romy Hackl

KOXY is the student-operated radio station here on campus, where students can apply to have their own show, either with or without co-hosts, and have it broadcast on ...

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