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November 23, 2015

Blogger: Jazzy Lee

My room is chaos, swirling, teeming chaos, like dripping bubbles of watercolor are colliding into one another and bursting, leaving a glorious stain as artful receipt of their deadly expenditure. Oh wait, did I say my room? I meant my head.

Oxy for me means the ability to be involved in a ridiculously large number of ridiculously amazing groups, activities, and organizations. But that also means my highly creative brain is in a supercharged overdrive. I love Oxy because of pho and movie nights with my best friends where we order in and bundle up, both bemused and confused about the cold weather. The ideal location composed of an uncomparable triad of fantastic food (reminiscent of my hometown, Oakland), waves, and city lights make Oxy the ideal protective microcosm for me. I...

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November 22, 2015

Blogger: Allen Chen

On campus, NPP (Neighborhood Partnership Program) often hold events called “shadow days” where high schoolers from nearby LA schools get to follow Oxy students for a day. I love participating in shadow days because it allows me to share my experience here at Oxy between classes, office hours, and of course, my numerous daily visits to the Green Bean.

All of my shadows so far have been sophomores in high school, transporting me back to my naive, sophomoric days. I focused all my attention on my academics and was clueless about college from all facets. How do I apply to college? What does a typical college day look like? What classes do college students take? Throughout shadow days, these are the questions I try to...

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November 19, 2015

Blogger: Natalie De Benedetti

This past week I attended an open dance class held by one of Oxy’s dance groups called Hyper Expressions. I have previous experience in ballet, however I had never tried much contemporary or improvisational dance, which was the focus of this week’s session. The class was held on a week night and was open to all students, regardless of their dance experience, which made the class a lot of fun due to its relaxed nature. Members of the dance group led each section of the class and also choreographed the dances.

We started out with a breathing exercise, lying on the ground, centering our energy and slowly moving our limbs. The next section was...

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November 16, 2015

Blogger: Carol Ma

The Oxy Student Film Festival is held every year to present film projects that are created by Oxy students. I am interested in film so I signed up immediately when I got an email asking for volunteers for the film festival.

It was a valuable experience for me because I got to do so many things I’ve never done before. For instance, we did not have enough funds for prizes so one Friday afternoon, me and the student production coordinator went out and asked for sponsorship from local businesses. We went door to door and introduced the event to business owners. It was not easy for me at first because I had never asked so many strangers for their financial help. But as I talked to more and more businesses, I felt more comfortable explaining what our event was and why we...

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November 14, 2015

Blogger: Camille Baechler

Life has this funny way of flipping things upside down just when you thought you had it all figured out – at least that’s what happened to me when I packed my life up and moved to California all the way from Virginia to start my first semester at Occidental, quite literally on the other side of the country from my other half.

I had always known that I wanted to get off the East coast. And why wouldn’t I? California really is THE place to go if you want to get away, start fresh, and explore the world on your own for the first time. I dreamed of palm trees and In-N-Out, and when my Occidental acceptance letter opened and spewed digital confetti all over my computer monitor all I could think was “I’m going to California! I’m going to...

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November 12, 2015

Blogger: Darby Pak

When people imagine a college student, they imagine books, constant studying for tests and classes, and more books and when people imagine a college they picture a place of learning and academia. And while our student body at Oxy embodies all of these traits, and Oxy is a place of learning and academia we students still know how to have a bit of fun. Here at Oxy, one of the many wonderful facilities available to students is Johnson Hall, with a media wall on the first floor and hallways with whiteboard walls located on every floor. On the whiteboard walls, students can do work, writing in preparation for a test, drawing diagrams to check their memory, writing descriptions of chemical compounds, or drawing the popular meme Pepe.

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November 11, 2015

Blogger: Marlaina Bemis

My first day of volunteering with Peer Health Exchange did not go as I had planned. Then again, no one can quite predict how ninth grade health classes will go. I remember how hard of a time my ninth grade friends and I gave our sex-ed teacher Mindy. I’m pretty sure she didn’t appreciate the jelly beans flying across the room.

I stepped out of the car with my PHE shirt on and my white binder in hand. Even though I wasn’t teaching the class, I was still nervous, and not being able to find the entrance to the school did nothing to calm my nerves. When I finally stepped into the courtyard of the school, I knew I was in trouble when a loud bell rang across campus. Swarms of students funneled out of the various classrooms spread out around the...

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November 10, 2015

Blogger: Neah Bois

Hello internet and interested future Oxy students! Today I wanted to tell you all about the opportunities on campus to get involved with clubs and organizations. When I first got to campus, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, and many of my friends felt the same way. Luckily, Oxy puts on an amazing involvement fair in the first few weeks of school. The fair takes over the quad, music blasts from various speakers, and there is an overall sense of excitement and possibility. I went from booth to booth speaking with upperclassman students along the way. It was hard to not sign up for everything! There were different sporting clubs ranging from rugby and martial arts to Quidditch and hiking; artistic clubs such as different dance troupes, spoken word, and Oxy graphic design...

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November 7, 2015

Blogger: Matt Hao

Ahh Fall. The smell of Pumpkin-Spice Lattes fill the air, scattered leaves of red, yellow, and orange cover the ground, students breaking out those North Face sweaters and Ugg boots. Wait hold up, something’s not right – oh right we’re in LA! Sorry, I got confused with my fantasies of those magical fall days. Let’s take a look at what fall is really like here at Oxy, and what makes it just as magical.

First of all, the weather during the fall months has been sunny skies and 80° to 90° weather – give or take a few rainy hours. Now, I originate from Northern California (go Giants) so this weather is not that unusual to me. However, I saw many Snapchat stories of rainy days around Oxy that were captioned with something like “Finally...

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November 5, 2015

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

One of the reasons I fell in love with Oxy was because of its emphasis on “community-based learning.” My tour guide constantly repeated this phrase, crediting it for her amazing academic experience at Oxy. I, too, frequently talk about it when giving my own tours as a tour guide.

But what exactly is community-based learning? I define it as extending my education beyond the classroom and experiencing what I am learning in the surrounding community. Because of Oxy’s Los Angeles location, I have had many opportunities to apply my education beyond the classroom by visiting jazz clubs for my Jazz History class, seeing a play for my CSP, and my personal favorite, going to Dana Point to look at geological structures (shout out to the Geo Gang pictured below!).

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