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March 22, 2014

Blogger: Julius DiLorenzo

Hey you!

The second semester is well under way, with less than two months until the end of the semester! Having just navigated through midterms flawlessly (well, until the grades come back), it’s time to start planning courses for fall 2014. Fortunately, I am planning on participating in Campaign Semester so I get to circumvent this step, fun as it is. For those that don’t know, Campaign Semester is a program through the politics dept. (though open to all majors) where you spend the fall semester of an election year interning full time on any high-level campaign in the country. You then return to campus after the election for a month-long seminar with the other participants and discuss and write on the experience. The best part: It’s full...

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March 21, 2014

Blogger: John Ugai

So it’s not exactly a secret, but I do feel like I need to get something off my chest—I love food. I would love to be able to say that it’s a cute problem, like the kind of problem that’s not actually a problem, but it isn’t. This is a safe space, so let’s be honest, mixing peanut butter into my Rocky Road at twelve a.m. will never be cute. I know what you’re thinking too, that is definitely weird enough to be completely true. It is true, and I know first hand that those seemingly contradictory ingredients blend into a gooey, peanut buttery, smooth, chocolate, chunky concoction. I also know firsthand how food can help a small town kid from rural Colorado can blend with vibrant life in LA and at Oxy.

Coming from a small town with only two four-lane roads, Los Angeles was a...

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March 21, 2014

Blogger: Martin Pittman

As Spring break quickly came upon us, I began thinking about how I would spend this break. During spring break my first year I went home and relaxed with my family. Last year, I had the pleasure of escaping to a cabin in the woods for a Midspring Night’s Dream with some friends. I realized how much I have typically traveled over spring break, and this year I found myself forced to remain around campus.

Unfortunately, the Sunday before break began our oxy men's rugby team caught it's first loss which meant we would play Sunday the 16th. I was so frustrated that my spring break plans had come crashing down as I knew we would have practice this week. However, this time spent at school gave me time to reflect on the semester so far, and what I realized is...

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March 20, 2014

Blogger: Becca Patch

In less than two weeks, your mailbox will begin overflowing with piles of fat envelopes, the word CONGRATULATIONS scrawled in elegant letters on the front. It’s an incredibly exciting time, because it’s the product of all the work you’ve put in over the last four years, but it can also be very stressful. With that in mind, I wanted to take a break from talking about my experiences at Oxy, and instead share some advice that spans from opening the mailbox to choosing your college! 

(I'm also including a lot of random photos, courtesy of my first week of college-- this first one is of my mother and I sitting in Rush Gym during the very first day of Orientation)

1. It’s a Roller-coaster. One day you’ll open the mailbox and you’ll have a CONGRATS envelop and you...

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March 19, 2014

Blogger: Claire Marsden

Hello world! New blogger here. My name is Claire Marsden, and I’m a senior Politics major and an Admissions Senior Fellow from South Orange, New Jersey.

It’s starting to feel very real that in about two months, I will be graduating from Oxy. It feels like just yesterday that I was schlepping my huge Parent Trap-style yellow duffel bag up the hill to Braun Hall and taking a sweaty ID photo thanks to the 90+ degree heat (perhaps because I am haunted by that photo every time I hand over my ID to buy food at the Marketplace). As a first year, I remember thinking about graduating and feeling like it would never come – that I would be forever hanging out in the Quad, tanning...

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March 17, 2014

Blogger: Laurel Cox

Hello everyone!! It’s been a while!! As we reach the halfway point of the semester, I feel like I—along with all the other seniors—am faced with two conditions: extreme nostalgia and extreme denial. It has been (and will continue to be) a semester of “lasts” for me. Last recruitment, last class registration, last spring break, last semester of college. BUT! Rather than focus on what everyone knows is coming and can’t help but talk about (GRADUTATION!!!), I’d rather reflect on the things I’ve learned in these four wonderful years at Occidental.  So here I present to you some of my senior wisdom. I even made pictures \^o^/

1.     It’s never too late to change your mind.


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March 17, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Cover letter? Check. Personal statement? Check. Resume? Check. Recommendation letters? Check. Double check that you’ve checked everything? Check.*

Applying for internships is a tedious job. I could probably score an internship with someone trying to apply for internships. We need the most help out of anyone, if you ask me. Are there any companies looking for college students with experience watching Netflix? (Yes, I have already checked Netflix.) I can almost guarantee you that I spend more time focusing on the what-seems-like-100 applications I need to fill out than any of my actual academic classes this semester. Let’s just say I am very thankful for the wonderful women at our Career Development Center these past few weeks. Whether it's checking over my resume and cover...

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March 15, 2014

Blogger: Sarah Schmitz

Hi everyone! As spring break comes to a close and I have to finally accept that my real life must resume, I wanted to reflect and recap some of the fun stuff I’ve done this past week.

This year my friends and I decided to stay in LA as opposed to going back home, as many Oxy students do. While I tragically do not have a car on campus (it’s back home in the great city of Houston) I have wonderful friends with cars who volunteered to provide transportation.

Here are a few of the things we did during...

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March 15, 2014

Blogger: Ashley Wilson

The further I've gotten away from my first semester of freshman year, the more I've realized how happy and at home I finally feel at Oxy. However, it's really nice to be home (in San Francisco), too. I was one of the only people in my quad that left campus to come home, and I'm really glad I did. I love spending time with my mom – she's one of my best friends. We have always had a great relationship with each other, mother-daughter and friend-to-friend. I talk to her about my problems, and she gives me great advice, especially when I'm feeling uneasy about my friends. Likewise, when she is having problems, I'm there for her, too. For the most part, my family and I have been blessed with good luck, good health, and happiness. We even just added a new addition to our family! However, since...

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March 13, 2014

Blogger: Qiu Meng Fogarty 


As it’s my first blog, I believe an introduction is in order! My name is Qiu, pronounced “Cho” as in “Cho Chang” or “Cho-sen.” I’m a Senior, studying Social Justice through making my own major. I hail from New York City. I enjoy hot yoga and I just adopted a 5 month old cat. ADORABLE!

So the topic of my blog post today is RACIAL DIVERSITY & EQUITY at Oxy.

As everyone will say, there are tons of types of diversity: diversity of thought, geographic location, religion, gender, sex, sexuality, race, class, ability, age etc. Occidental College has been made famous by its mission of diversity and equity. When potential college students start their college search, diversity is often one of the...

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