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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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February 27, 2014

Blogger: Rhys Berkwitt

Hello Again!

So it has been ages since my last post and A LOT had happened. After making it out of last semester alive (there were a few moments during finals week that I was questioning whether I would), I had a great break back home in Seattle. Since coming back, some new developments have come into place. I started out this semester strong when I came back to LA a week early for rugby camp which ended up being an absolute blast. I love rugby but to be honest there are times, when you are feeling a little beat up, that you question “why in the world am I doing this?!” Camp answered that question for me. After spending 4 1/2 weeks up north in the cold, gray (but lovable!) bubble that is Seattle it was great to be back in SoCal with sunny 85 degree days in the...

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February 26, 2014

Blogger: Connie Oh

It’s only been a month since the new semester started, and I can already list at least three things that I accomplished so far this semester. Not bad, huh?

First of all, I have been exploring Los Angeles far more than I did last semester. I went to Chinatown to see the Lunar New Year festival parade. I visited Koreatown to get some awesome (and affordable) barbeque. I also explored around Pasadena, which, by the way, has a lot of great eateries as well. And I don’t even have a car! Don’t underestimate the places you can go by foot and bus.

Secondly, I have begun interning with The Occidental Agency, the on-campus student-run business that creates graphic designs for campus clubs and events for – get this – free. I’m...

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February 25, 2014

Blogger: Enrique Aguilar

Hello, everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA (if you’ve even noticed) from blogging, school has been pretty hectic lately! Among the many applications I have to fill out, classes are more rigorous and time consuming. I’m not complaining, though, because now that I have my declared my major and have most of my semesters planned out, I can cross that stress off the checklist.

Anyway, lets catch up a little bit. Besides going to class, I’ve been starting to explore California a lot more. One of the reasons I left Chicago was because I wanted to see what else is out there, and I am finally doing so. Hiking has become one of my new favorite hobbies. A couple friends and I have made it a tradition to go at...

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February 19, 2014

Blogger: Michelle Lo

*Disclaimer: Friday, February 14 was an especially busy day for me!  It was also a very unusual day—I didn’t have class, but I had a plethora of campus activities I had to attend.  Most days are NOT like this, but today was the perfect storm of a day to showcase all of the activities happen on our campus!

First off, to those of you who aren’t familiar with me (meaning most of you because this is on the interspace and none of my non- virtual friends read blog posts), I’m Michelle!  I’m a second semester senior biology major and the Transfer Senior Fellow.  The following is a play- by- play of my very busy day!

8:00 Wake up!  My roommate (Roomie 1) and I were up late after our basketball game, watching “Rise of the Guardians...

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February 17, 2014

Blogger: Caitlin Fein

The spring after a semester abroad is a weird time. You’ve just come back from meeting the best and most culturally diverse friends you’ve ever had. You’ve been to the most amazing places and had so little work that going clubbing was part of your weekday routine. You’ve eaten so much bread and cheese that your pants don’t fit and you don’t even care. That extra bulge is a sign that you’ve lived, uninhibitedly in a new country for four months. As a post study abroader, it’s hard not to think: “Well, I’ve been to Paris, Dublin, and Amsterdam now. What could L.A. possibly offer me?” Well, it certainly does not offer the stellar public transportation that I fell in love with during my time in Brighton,...

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February 13, 2014

Blogger: Jane Drinkard

Hey prospective students,

Well I’ve been back at Oxy now for about 3 weeks and the time has truly flown by. I’ve been applying all over the place for on campus jobs and internships and trying to bravely navigate Oxy as a second semester freshman. All of the older kids that I talked to first semester told me how different Oxy was second semester, but before I came back from break I didn’t understand exactly what they meant. Now being back, I get it:

1. I am familiar with the campus which makes everything feel more comfortable and accessible.

2. There are tons (at least it feels like tons) of people that I see walking around that I feel like I’ve never seen before (some have probably been abroad, but maybe I’m just paying closer attention).


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February 11, 2014

Blogger: Malcolm MacLeod

My schedule this semester is quite hectic I have to admit, but I have a feeling the next few months are going to be very rewarding. In crafting my schedule for the semester, I made sure that I only signed up for classes and activities I felt I could really invest myself in. 

In terms of journalism, which has been my primary focus of study thus far, I'm taking steps to hopefully get myself an internship this summer. I'm working as a TA for journalism professor Bob Sipchen. I've taken all of his classes at Oxy, but didn't want to let go of him as a mentor, so I asked if I could still sit in on his classes, and help him and his students in whatever ways I could. 
I'm still writing for the Occidental Weekly. This week I wrote about a proposed writing minor that, if...
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February 10, 2014

Blogger: Miriam Subbiah

If you asked me a year ago what I would do for my senior comprehensive project (comps), I would have had no idea. All I knew was that I loved linocut reduction prints. The clean sensation of gauging into the rubbery linoleum was like meditation for my hands. And yet a year later, somehow the entire project flowed out naturally.
It began when my friend Abby and I drove a sixteen foot U-Haul truck down from Seattle to Los Angeles at the start of the summer. This was the first road trip I had ever taken, and I was struck by the California landscape, made even more dramatic by our elevated position within the truck. Three months later when I had to pitch an idea for my comps, I still could not stop thinking about the bald patches on the hills due to logging, the miles and miles of...
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February 6, 2014

Blogger: Marisha Thakker

It’s finally 2014, and I just realized how strange it is going to be to leave Oxy in the fall. When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 came out, I was the one that refused to leave the theatre because it means it would officially be over. Maybe they’ll have to do the same at graduation! Oxy has become home. This semester, I decided to take all the classes I had always wanted to but never really had time in my schedule to do. I’m really enjoying my musical theatre class (it’s taught by an acting professor and a voice coach, which is really cool) and it doesn’t have any pre-requisites so I didn’t even have to audition to get in! We have a lot of musical talent at Oxy, and it’s interesting as a director to see the other side of theatre and be part of it.


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