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July 1, 2014

Blogger: Connie Oh

Summer means something different for everybody. For some, it’s a time of relaxation and rest. For others, it’s a time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the school year. Even F. Scott Fitzgerald had something to say about the season, as he once wrote, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” I have to agree with Fitzgerald’s beautifully worded statement: for me, summer is a time of new life – of new energy.


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June 25, 2014

Blogger: Kristen Treat

Unlike most of my fellow senior classmates, my last assignment was not turned in inside one of the hallowed halls of our now alma mater (whoa, that’s weird to say!). I submitted my final group paper for BIO 370: Tropical Ecology just a few nights ago at the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Bocas del Toro, Panama after eight days of intensive coral reef research. For the past three weeks, the class has been traveling through Central America, applying the ecology knowledge and research skills we have worked tirelessly on during the semester to conducting mini-research projects at each site, while simultaneously eating our weight in beans and rice.


Starting in Costa Rica, we visited La Selva Biological Station, which has also been my home for the past two...

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June 18, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” –Winston Churchill

The other day at my internship, my supervisor asked me what that something was. It made me put a lot of things into perspective. Mainly it made me think about how I will one day successfully get my own Ben & Jerry’s flavor. (Hey, if the Dave Matthews Band can do it, so can I!)

This summer I am an intern at the Writer’s Guild Foundation Library and, for the amount of time I spend reading Parks...

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June 14, 2014

Blogger: Donovan Dennis


As a high schooler, my long Montana summers were spent at the pool, relaxing in my lifeguard stand, hanging out with my closest friends. Sophomore through senior years, I claimed lifeguarding my profession, and was lucky enough to land a cushy job at a low traffic pool where most of my close friends also worked as guards. Many days were “no patron days,” which we spent laying out on the lawn chairs, playing in the pool, or more often than not, sleeping in the guard hut. Weekends off-duty took us cabin-hopping between my cabin and my friends’, from Flathead’s shores to stargazing in the Highwoods. It was hard to imagine a better gig....

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May 5, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Coming into my second year at Occidental, I feared the imminent “sophomore slump” that everyone talks about. I had vivid flashbacks to high school, where sophomore year consisted of stress, sleepless nights, and about fifty too many basketball tournaments. Just the word, “sophomore,” gave me some not-so-good vibes. Now, with only two weeks until the end of the semester, I’m finding that I somehow avoided the slump and actually had the most incredible year to date. Here’s how:

3. I chose a minor. Deciding to minor in Education both challenged me and opened my eyes to classes I didn’t know existed. This semester I took the Conflict In Education course and, despite my fear of debating, came to enjoy it...

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May 3, 2014

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

Like many seniors, I am currently in the midst of the professional job hunt. The search for the elusive $38k/year salary has often entailed having to defend my liberal arts degree to future employers. As a public relations, communications, and marketing professional, I am often asked why I majored in psychology and art history instead of communications, business, journalism, or another directly applicable field. This is my response.

A) A liberal arts degree means your brain has been taught to think critically, think quickly, and learn broadly. Having a liberal arts degree means a high ability to learn whatever new task is presented and to think outside the box and on your feet. In an age where computers can do the formulaic work, creativity gets people hired.


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April 29, 2014

Blogger: Donovan Dennis

Although it feels as though the world of finals will come crashing through my façade of sanity at any moment, this has been a pretty good week. I’m currently stressing through a history term paper (on freed slaves and the colonization of Liberia), but earlier today j’ai fait une promenade along the beaches of Dana Point and San Onofre for a geology field trip. I couldn’t have asked for a better morning. I actually got to put my hand on one of California’s famous faults that had cut through the sandstone cliffs along the beach. I got some new samples and enjoyed a morning out and about before coming back to buckle down on my paper. I know my friends back home in Montana certainly weren’t in shorts exploring the outdoors today… still a little too...

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April 28, 2014

Blogger: Michelle Lo

At the end of the year it's time to give out all of the awards.

As my time at Oxy comes to a close (last blog post ever, wut? It's been such a short but sweet ride, my friends), I wanted to make a "Best of" and “Most likely to” award list that exemplifies everything about my Oxy experience.  I should mention while I advertise this as a “Best of” and “Most likely to” list, I had to pick from stiff competition—I also eliminated the stories that needed too much backstory, inside jokes, or not- appropriate- for- Admission’s- blog (but still SFW) material for your, the general public’s, enjoyment.  So without further ado, here it is!  

Best rooming situation
Berkus House (...

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April 25, 2014

Blogger: Enriqe Aguilar 

Hey guys! I’m back for another blog post, and this time I thought of doing something different. Finals are approaching, and you know what that means? Time to start studying. Actually, if you are one of those students who plans ahead of time, you probably have already started studying. Now, for those of us procrastinators who wait until the very last minute to get our studying done, stress is probably going to kick in within the next couple of days. So, instead of my usual life rants, I thought, “why not do a list of do’s and don’ts for studying for finals?” Here I go.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert. These are just MY suggestions.


  • Look over your notes. Don’t ignore them. I mean, you...
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April 25, 2014

Blogger: Martin Pittman

Last weekend was our first admitted students weekend together with our Multicultural visit program. I now find myself realizing how busy the months of April is. This is shocking because it makes me aware of how little school we have left. There is only about 2 weeks of school left.   This is both a frightening and amazing realization. This year seems to have dragged on so long, but now realizing how little time is left it feels like it has really flown by. I have to say I was able to do a lot of fun things in LA this semester like going to Little Tokyo to see the Japanese American National Museum, going with my sister to Disneyland for the first time, and getting to enjoy a rugby spring break staycation on campus. It seems like not so long ago I was...

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