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December 2, 2012

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three months since my last blog post, and that I go home in less than two weeks. So much has happened since I left Seattle, I’m not sure where to start. If you’ve been following my personal travel blog, you know I’ve traveled all over Italy and all over Europe. I’ve seen some of the world’s best art museums, and I’ve eaten a ton of great food. I’ve also struggled with more than one language barrier, been eaten alive by mosquitoes and other buggy little things, felt homesick, and I got my iPhone stolen. Study abroad has been the best experience of my life, but I’d be lying if I said it was all roses.

I thought study abroad would be about Rome (new friends! new city! new...

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November 30, 2012

Blogger: Jeff Leblow

 

Hey guys, my name is Jeff and I’m a music major!  I think that music at Oxy is probably the most under-represented major in the entire school.  I know that when I came in as a Chemistry major, I had almost no exposure to the musical opportunities available to me.  Oxy offers opportunities in music to all students, whether that be beginning piano or guitar lessons, a 100-level class about African-American music and culture, or one of our many ensembles which are open to anyone interested in music!

My emphasis is in composition and conducting, and I am a member of the Jazz Ensemble and the Oxy-Caltech Concert Band.  Some of the opportunities that I’ve had as a student in the music department have gone above and beyond what I expected life as...

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November 27, 2012

Blogger: Daisy Zhang

 

Hi! It's Daisy (梦溪) again! It has been a few weeks since my last blog post. I know the early decision deadline is approaching, so I wish you good luck!

The last few days were Thanksgiving break at Oxy and the campus was super quiet. On Facebook everyone was posting about his or her family reunion. Coming from Beijing, China, it was unlikely that I could go back home during this rather short break. Yet it is not impossible: a Japanese first-year flew back home to Tokyo!

My Philosophy 210 Professor, Saul Traiger, invited the three international students, Keith Chen (from...

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November 26, 2012

Blogger: Kyle Beasley

 

I feel as though this semester is passing me by so quickly. I cannot believe that there are only 2 weeks of classes left in the semester before final exams. It is difficult to wrap my head around the idea that I am almost done with my second year…

Class registration was a couple weeks ago and as a second-year student, registration was a breeze. In terms of getting my classes, I had no trouble whatsoever. Next semester I will be taking:

        CTSJ140 – Critical Theories of Sexuality
        EDUC141 – Community Literacy
        GEO105 – Geographic Information Science
        PSYC110 – Intergroup Dialogue: Race...

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November 23, 2012

Blogger: Ava Martinez

The heightened workload that comes with sophomore year is certainly impossible to ignore. This semester, I'm taking 18 units, 10 of which are 300-levels. Although it could be easy to become burnt out after studying for tests, writing research papers, and hundreds of pages of reading a week, my friends and I have been keeping the stress of sophomore year in check with various baking projects. The proximity of Target, Trader Joe's, and Fresh and Easy has made it that much easier to keep a constant supply of cookie dough and other mixes, and my friends and I find ourselves taking over the Norris kitchen at least once a week. ...

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November 20, 2012

Blogger: Sarah Sterling

At this point, our Admission Blog has provided you with insight into all things Oxy. Living on campus, eating on campus, activities on campus, working on campus . . . but now it’s time to talk about my favorite off-campus activity, and what is probably the most famous and alluring SoCal attraction there is: Disneyland.

Being a SoCal native, Disneyland and I have been in a deep, committed relationship for over 20 years now. I started off with the normal childhood indoctrination via Disney movies and sporadic trips to Disneyland, but, as I got older, the obsession grew out of control. When my friends at Oxy went abroad during our junior year, I opted to take a semester off to participate in the Disney College Program, a paid internship where you work at...

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November 19, 2012

Blogger: Enrique Aguilar

Hey guys, it's Enrique again! I don't expect you to know my name just yet...oh and yes, I am using another song title for my blog. After submitting my last blog post I realized that I had not mentioned one of the most important things in my life: music! A week before coming to Oxy I decided to clean my entire room, including the closet (where everything on my floor is hidden), and came across some VHS videos. I felt like if I was a scientist who just discovered fossils in some exotic place in the world because I could not remember the last time I had seen a VHS. Anyway, I yelled to get my mom’s attention and as soon as she ran into my room I asked her to lead me to the nearest VHS player. The first thing I see is little-Enrique (cue...

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November 15, 2012

Blogger: Marisha Thakker

 

This week is going to end with the busiest day that I’ve had in a long time. Programming Board (the event management group on campus that I work for) is putting on a Charity Fashion Show on Friday – we’re collecting funds for Great Strides, a program at Oxy that helps the local community. I’m going to be helping with sound systems, and I think it’s going to be a great event- check out the Facebook link here.

Think setting up one event is enough for the night? Think again. I’m also performing at and executing the South Asian Student’s Association’s biggest event of the year. We have an annual Diwali/Eid Dinner to celebrate the muslim and hindu cultures together. There is going to be large amounts of Indian food, Mediterranean food, performances and music. I’m going to be starting a couple of dance...

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November 14, 2012

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

 

Hey everyone! It’s Maddy, back reporting for duty. Since the last time I wrote, I got through my first round of midterms, attended what some would consider a concert (I’d call it a claustrophobic death-trap), discovered that TOGA! TOGA! TOGA! is a real thing, and watched the sunrise shine upon Michael Cera’s beautiful face. So basically nothing out of the ordinary.

In an attempt to procrastinate doing work, I decided to check my Oxy email. Nothing out of the ordinary…movie screening in Mosher…Moodle is experiencing technical difficulties…Festivus celebration…

Wait. What? Other students celebrate Festivus?

It has finally sunk in that I live in a place where people can freely gather around a Festivus...

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November 13, 2012

Blogger: Jill Marucut

 

I'm returning to campus from Campaign Semester for my first class this year, and a flood of memories of the Organizing for America campaign has come back to provoke some critical thinking and bittersweet emotions.

Only one week ago, it was Election Day - the day that everyone on the campaign has been painfully and anxiously anticipating. Whether you were a Field Organizer, who endured the strenuous nature of the campaign for months with seemingly no end in sight, or a full-time or part-time fellow, who agreed to remain as one of the most committed and unpaid minions to the very end, or a weekly/daily volunteer, who made time to ensure that no resident was ignored by the Obama for America campaign - November 6th was considered a HOLIDAY.

However, unlike most holidays,...

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