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February 29, 2016

Blogger: Katherine Kim

Choosing which classes to take can be overwhelming, and if you’re like me, there is no clear path of courses to take because you aren’t sure what you want to major in yet. It’s a big question that needs to be answered by the end of your sophomore year, and it’s something that always is in the back of your mind. However, the beauty of a liberal arts education is that your first year at Oxy is the year for you to discover. As a first-year, you are given the freedom to take whatever classes interest you. Other classes that are offered can help you decide on which academic direction you may want to pursue.

Last semester I took the course CSP (Cultural Studies Program) 96, “Experiencing Mathematics and Science,” which aimed to...

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February 27, 2016

Blogger: Natalie de Benedetti

This semester I am taking Economics 101, my first step in completing my economics major! The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour and a half, a bit longer than Monday, Wednesday, Friday courses. Last Thursday, my class went on a field trip, my first field trip of college, so naturally I was very excited.

We set off in little groups, taking the Bengal Bus (Oxy-owned and operated vans) onto the main strip of Eagle Rock. We arrived at our location a few minutes later: an art gallery. An art gallery? For Econ? I was confused too. Once we met the curator of the gallery we learned that we would be helping her record data for her interactive art project. The gallery consisted of different sized squares of paper that were to be folded into boxes. Elementary school...

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February 21, 2016

Blogger: Neah Bois

Real talk: college is so much fun. The people, the parties, the teammates and the teachers are all amazing. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: even studying is fun here at Oxy. Now, you might be asking yourself, “What? Studying, fun? How??” Do not fear, prospective student, for I am here to tell you.

Before I left for college, I remember my best friend telling me to find a place that I could always go to study and do homework. A place that was quiet, private, and open late at night. In my mind, as a scared incoming first year, I thought I was going to be stuck in the dark trenches of some unforgiving library for hours on end. Good news though, Oxy's beautiful campus has a surplus of places to study and do homework that make it not...

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February 16, 2016

Blogger: Allen Chen

Hi, future first-years! Here’s a little guide for how to pick classes for your first semester at Oxy.

In my first semester, I took CSP 24: Visual Storytelling and Narrative Film, Education 101, Philosophy 101, and Sociology 101. While they weren’t all my first picks, I’m extremely happy with what I learned in each class.

Backtracking a little, coming into my first semester at Oxy, I thought I had a clear vision of what I wanted to study: Media Arts & Culture (MAC), Cognitive Science, and Education. I had it all planned out, take a cool CSP, a MAC course, a CogSci course, and an Education course. Well, if anyone reading is a hardcore planner, like myself, you’ll probably know that...

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February 11, 2016

Blogger: Maddy Farkas (with the help of Donovan Dennis)

You probably know me by now as the girl who writes too many blog posts and is clearly running out of ideas. If not, let me reintroduce myself. My name is Maddy and I am a senior Media Arts & Culture major with a love of Art History. I did not spend a semester abroad like many of my classmates because if I can’t have a good burrito and Chinese food every week, I will probably die. However, Oxy is great for offering short trips abroad for individual courses. When I saw that Professor Frank was once again offering his course on Michelangelo, an Art History course that goes abroad to Italy for two and a half weeks over winter break, I immediately hopped on that application. The result: possibly the most amazing experience of my life. I knew that I would...

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February 8, 2016

Blogger: Jessie Baek

Last Saturday was Oxy’s annual MLK Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service is a big service event on campus, and around 200-300 Oxy students participate each year, volunteering in the Eagle Rock community. This year we had a total of 20 different sites, and the volunteer activities ranged from gardening to mentoring.

I was a site leader for Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization geared towards empowering young girls and helping them realize their full potential as students, daughters, and friends. The nonprofit organizes after school mentorship programs for girls in grades three through eight. The goal of Girls on the Run is to provide social, emotional, and physical support for the girls. The girls are actively encouraged to pursue healthy relationships throughout their day to day lives,...

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February 1, 2016

Blogger: Neah Bois

Well folks, it’s second semester here at Oxy! I survived my first semester of college, including all the craziness that has come with it. The highs, the lows, and the in-betweens have been well worth the laughs and late nights. Furthermore, I survived my first semester of the Cultural Studies Program, or CSP as we first years affectionately call it. The CSP program is a set of classes that all incoming students take. I like to think of it as Intro to College or College Writing/Studying/Reading 101. Unlike other universities though, Oxy doesn’t pile a bunch of first years into a lecture hall and teach them just basic writing. Each class has a distinct focus and issue they are exploring through reading and writing.

My CSP was called Dionysus and Modern Thought...

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January 25, 2016

Blogger: Jessie Baek

Dear You,

Yes, You. You know who you are. You’ve been my #1 for as long as I can remember. From chasing around boys after school at the library, to lip synching to the most embarrassing songs and tragically uploading them to Facebook, you’ve been there with me through it all. You’re the first person I consult when I’m racking my brain over something stupid, and you’re also the first person I run to when I need to rant about Justin Bieber’s new girlfriend (team Jelena).

Our weekday sleepovers came to a devastating end when we both left for our first year of college. It was tough. Though the three hour time difference wasn’t the end of the world, it majorly...

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January 22, 2016

Blogger: Matthew Hao

What’s up Oxy and potential Oxy fam! I’m writing this at the tail end of winter break, and it’s kind of a bittersweet feeling. I’m sad that winter break is coming to a close and that I have to start feeling bad when I watch Netflix for eight hours straight; but, I’m excited to get back to campus and see everyone again! The first semester of college is a huge adjustment, and needless to say, this winter break was much needed. I learned many things throughout, and here are just a few.

  1. College is great. But wow, I never truly realized how much I missed my own bed until I laid on top of it for three hours straight. To be fair, there are a few things that are worse...

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January 20, 2016

Blogger: Darby Pak

We’ve all been at that point in a school break where there’s nothing to do.  Your friends are all busy, Reddit is debating something boring, Tumblr only has the same dog pictures, and Facebook gives you real bad FOMO (fear of missing out).  You could do something “productive” like cleaning your room, washing the dishes, and a slew of other boring household tasks, but why?  Very few people derive pleasure from cleaning their room, and I am most certainly not one of them. So what do you do when there’s nothing to do, and the beginning of the semester is forever away? Well, when I hit that point, I bust out one of my favorite shows, ...

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