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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 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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March 13, 2014

Blogger: Lisa Chang

It's finally Spring Break at Oxy!

This past week for me was filled with a mixture of excitement, nervousness, stress, and relief. For one, I celebrated my 20th birthday last Saturday by attending a Pentatonix concert! (For those of you who have not heard of Pentatonix, you are missing out. Look them up on Youtube!) One of the biggest things that I appreciate about Oxy is certainly its fantastic location. Not only is there a plethora of museums, restaurants, and diverse attractions that you can visit any weekend, LA also has an exciting music scene in which both up-and-coming and famous artists remain active. As someone who especially loves all the music that artists on Youtube produce, I definitely appreciate Oxy's close proximity to all these concerts. In fact, I will be attending another concert in...
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March 7, 2014

Blogger: Jill Marucut 

As I'm writing this blog post, I'm becoming more and more excited about spring break. In approximately 17 hours from now, I will be jet set on my way to Puerto Rico, with a stop in New York! And I will be reuniting with my best friend from high school in Puerto Rico, which is undoubtedly the best part. We will be staying in San Juan for one week, and I can't wait to enjoy the beautiful weather, soak up the culture, and live carefree  for one week with the best company in the world.
As much as I may want to feel guilty for using Spring Break to explore Puerto Rico as opposed to catching up on work, making progress on Comps, and reading books that I've had on my to do list, I can't help but feel that going to Puerto Rico...
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March 7, 2014

Blogger: Lisa Gilliland 

A few weeks ago, all of the Greek organizations went through formal recruitment - one week of chatting endlessly with first years and other interested potential members, learning about them and telling telling them about your organization and your experience at Oxy. Going through this week and the aftermath for the final time definitely felt strange for me. When the new Theta's walked into their first chapter on Monday, I remembered clearly the nerves I felt during my first chapter and meeting all of the seniors who seemed so much more mature and knowledgeable than I was.
Another interaction that called to light my "big-bad seniorness" happened when a friend brought a first-year to our off-campus game night, and the...
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March 6, 2014

Blogger: Amber Thai

Hi all!

  We're entering midterms week here at Oxy before spring break so things have been a little hectic. I've had tests for all of my classes within the last couple of weeks and the studying has been keeping me busy. I continue to do research with Professor Kerry Thompson on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Epilepsy and I was also able to help plan Greek recruitment week which was really fun! Other than that, I've been applying for internships for this summer ranging from consulting to law internships in different cities like LA, San Francisco, New York, and overseas too because I'm always up for an adventure. Though I am planning to go to law school after I graduate from Oxy, I am trying to apply for a variety of internships that could expose me to different fields and make summer more productive. In addition to that, I'm also planning my academic path towards law school which makes me pretty nostalgic of my junior year...
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March 4, 2014

Blogger: Claudia Dumpson

Over the long President’s Day Weekend, my roommate (and sole car owner of our friend group) took a trip to San Francisco. Thus, we were left without a car for the weekend. At first, we questioned how we would possibly survive the weekend without the glorious blue Prius we had become so accustomed to. 

Dying to get off campus, we decided to grab lunch at Highland Cafe on York Boulevard, one of the main streets surrounding Oxy. After a lovely lunch of quinoa veggie burgers, we walked to Scoops, an ice cream shop known for it’s unique flavors. I got chocolate bourbon, and my friend got avocado honey. 

We then walked down York and made our way to Rangeview avenue. Admiring the beautiful Los Angeles February weather (mid 70s), we...

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March 3, 2014

Blogger: Matthew Cecconi 

A truer statement has never been spoken. I cannot believe that spring break is already just a week away. This semester seems to be flying by and I have been trying to make the most of it. From a standing weekly date to go to a taco truck and then watch the new episode of How I Met Your Mother with friends, to going hiking on the weekends, life this semester really has been fun. One of my favorite trips this semester has been a midnight trip to the local bowling alley to bowl with my friends. Another plus from this semester is that my classes are all really fun and entertaining.

As I mentioned in my last blog I am taking two sociology classes, deviance and qualitative research methods, to help satisfy requirements for my major. In...

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March 1, 2014

Blogger: Jeremy Childs

Is it just me, or does spring semester always seem to go by faster than fall semester? I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising: spring semester has a lot going on. In addition to a full course load, students often have to spend their spring semester planning out the rest of the year. Applications for internships, study abroad, summer research, and financial aid take up a significant amount of time, especially when compounded with the search for new living accommodations. It’s a very stressful time because plans are up in the air for most of the semester, and by the time dust finally settles, it’s too late to apply for anything else. Every opportunity feels like it’s make-or-break, and even though experience has taught me that things tend to work out eventually, the process does not become any...

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March 1, 2014

Blogger: Columbia Shafer

I had my first class of Spring semester yesterday, after the longest winter break of my life. I’ve spent three months out of school waiting to spend a semester abroad studying in New Zealand. Because of the reversed seasons in the southern hemisphere, I’ve had my summer break in the middle of winter. After my months of waiting I’ve finally arrived in Aotearoa - the indigenous Maori name for New Zealand meaning the Land of the Long White Cloud. And so far it has been worth the wait! I’ve only been in the country for twelve days, but it certainly has been jam packed with excitement. 

I am spending this semester at the University of Otago in the city of Dunedin. If that city doesn’t sound familiar than you are just like me when I started looking at programs in New Zealand. I thought I...

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