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December 4, 2013

Blogger: Everest Law

As my roommate said, the Thanksgiving holiday is EVIL for giving us a taste of what Winter Break is like, and then leaves us to the mercy of the mountain of work coming up next. That being said though, the break was much appreciated, since I needed the time to revise for my physics comprehensive exam (comps), among other things.

The physics comps is a multiple-choice exam comprised of 5 sections, each of them corresponding to material taught in one of the Foundation classes (waves, mechanics, EM, modern physics and thermal/statistical physics). Students have three hours to attempt the exam, and they don’t have to pass every section in one go. No calculators though!

In any case, junior year is a busy time, and it’s important to keep in mind what our priorities are as college students. For me personally,...

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December 2, 2013

Blogger: Connie Oh

Hey everyone! The end of the semester is coming up really, really quickly. Did I really start college just three months ago? Now that the semester’s almost done, these past few weeks have been really busy as extracurricular activities are beginning to wrap up. I just had my College Chorus concert on Sunday – and it was awesome. After an entire semester of hard practice, the concert was a great success. The entire chorus sounded beautiful in Herrick Chapel (the on-campus chapel). The chapel is absolutely gorgeous in the afternoon, when the sunlight hits the colorful stained glass windows at the perfect angle. Singing gospel pieces and classical music in such a wonderful building really made the concert so much better. Your religious beliefs (or lack thereof) didn’t matter...

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November 27, 2013

Blogger: Laurel Cox

Hello lovely readers! It’s been a long time. Too long.

In case you’re wondering, the title is a reference to my favorite movie as a young tot, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Here is a link to the curious and bold of heart: It didn’t nearly rain that much this week, but whenever it does rain, this is what I think of. 

I think I talk about weather a lot here, but weather is kind of a big deal to me. Just last week, we had a high of 90. In November! I couldn’t believe it. It’s also strange that it is already week 13 in my last fall semester of undergrad, assuming nothing goes dreadfully, dreadfully wrong in the coming...

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November 27, 2013

Blogger: Julius DiLorenzo

Hey all,

Hope everyone’s been enjoying their first semester of the year. Unlike my first year of college, this semester shot by. There are about three weeks left that pretty much go sequentially as Thanksgiving to reading week to finals and then homebound. Though many students opt to go home for Thanksgiving, I’ll be hanging around on campus. ResEd puts on a fancy Thanksgiving dinner for all the students staying, and there are various activities and trips to do throughout the break, so I’m looking forward to some downtime on campus, and hopefully the opportunity to get a jumpstart on finals studying. But we’ll see.

Since my last blog, life has only turned up. I went camping in San Diego with some friends over fall break, which was a good time all...

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November 27, 2013

Blogger: Matthew Cecconi

Hey all.

Let me start by saying Los Angeles’ attempt at a fall season is one of the most confusing times of the year. For example, it was raining the other day and within the hour, the sun had come out and dried almost everything up. That same night it was really windy and cold again. You never know what to expect as you wake up each morning. Fall is also confusing at Oxy because of what most people consider one of the most stressful weeks of the semester: Registration.

Signing up for spring semester classes takes up just a couple hours of your week but can cause a lot of stress for some. I, luckily, have never had much stress while registering. I actually find signing up for classes fun as I often am greatly looking forward to what the next semester will bring. One...

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November 25, 2013

Blogger: Rhys Berkwitt

Hey All!

The semester’s end feels like it is flying at us at warp speed and now everytime I fall asleep, I half expect to wake up the next morning as a senior. This fall semester of my sophomore year has seen its fair share of late nights and caffeine dependent days, but as I reflect on it now, I can honestly say that this year, so far, has been a huge success.

Last year as an undeclared first year, I struggled with the typical identity crisis that so many of us undecided undergrads have faced. I had to truly reflect on my wide ranging spectrum of interests and come to terms with how I wanted each of them to play a role in my life. After some major contemplation, personal reflection, and a few moments of hysteria, I am incredibly proud to say...

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November 25, 2013

Blogger: Daniel Calzadillas 

Zoom. Zoom. Beep. Screech. Zoom. Zoom. 

The stream of cars is neverending as I wait for the bus. What is a cacophony to others is a sound that continues to excite me. The cars that keep passing, day and night, are a reminder that I am no longer in my small town in Colorado.

I am in Los Angeles.

Dynamic, global, chaotic, and exciting Los Angeles. This city is full of little bookstores, charming cafés, cheap eats - and cars. It’s also full of mega malls, expensive houses, and - of course - celebrities. You find all different kinds of people walking - actually mostly driving - to all different kinds of places.

How I live in Los Angeles without a car is beyond me. However, I have managed to...

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November 23, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

I was seven years old. It was cold outside for the first time all year, so I got out of bed to snag an extra blanket from the hall closet. I opened the closet door and my eyes were immediately drawn to a small box on the middle shelf.


It was the kind of q-tip box that has a flap on the front that can be opened and closed at your leisure. I had been using q-tips my whole life. Why was I so enthralled by them in that moment? I had a premonition, a “Raven Baxter” if you will, of myself moving out. I was packing boxes. At 20 years old, I would open that same closet and see the same box of q-tips and I would remember to take them with me to my new apartment. Q-tips. Something so simple, yet so easily forgotten. I returned back to my seven year-old self and my...

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November 20, 2013

Blogger: Amber Thai

It’s already November, and we have a few weeks left until finals come and winter break starts. I hope everything has been going well for all of you, and that the school year hasn’t been too stressful!

For a quick recap of my summer, I went to Portland for the first time and it was nice to spend some time outside of L.A. I was able to go to Voodoo Doughnut and it was good (eating a maple bacon bar late at night ended up not being such a bad idea after all)! My friends and I finished the first season of Orange is the New Black and I didn’t like it in the beginning, but it grew on me in the end and I can’t wait for the second season. I also interned at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at school where I was...

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November 20, 2013

Blogger: Becca Patch

Hello wonderful readers!

I just had the startling realization that this week marks the last full week of Fall Semester. Soon we’ll be in Thanksgiving break, and then reading days, finals, and the semester will be over. And what a semester it’s been so far!

This semester has been a stressful one for me, particularly because I’ve been working on both of my Senior Comprehensive Projects—one for each of my majors. My Cognitive Science project involves doing individual research, and the final draft for that project (luckily) isn’...

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