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November 16, 2013

Blogger: Jill Marucut

During this time last year, I hopped on a plane to go back to Los Angeles from Philly. I said my final goodbyes to the campaign lifestyle, and could not wait to come back home to return to my family and friends and resume a normal academic life.

Now, things are much different. I’m a senior at Oxy, and I have already completed the first half of my spring registration for my last semester of classes in college. I have submitted my first comps proposal. I have turned 21. And this has all happened during the past 7 days. My last fall semester at Oxy is already 75% completed, and I have barely been able to recollect my thoughts to realize that senior year has been moving SO MUCH FASTER than I thought it would!

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, three more weeks left of...

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November 14, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

It's been a while, blog-readers! To re-introduce myself, my name is Lisa and I'm a sophomore at Oxy who recently declared as a double major in Sociology and Religious Studies.

Now that I've familiarized myself with all the routines and expectations of a college student, I've been more involved with campus life and have made (and am still making) some important decisions. Currently, I work as a resident advisor and a campus tour guide. Both jobs have been busy but rewarding. As an RA, I  organized a trip for students to enjoy some delicious Korean barbeque in Korea Town, planned our very first Oxy Amazing Race (complete...
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November 14, 2013

Blogger: Malcolm MacLeod

Hey all, Malcolm MacLeod here. I'm a sophomore here at Oxy and I've got a lot going on this semester. Right now I'm trying to decide on a major. I'm choosing between English or Media Arts and Culture, and if I have the time I'd like to fit in a Fine Arts Minor. Right now I think I'm leaning toward English. I work for our paper, The Occidental Weekly, and I've taken two journalism classes here at Oxy. Those classes are both taught by Bob Sipchen, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who is the current editor in chief of the Sierra Club Magazine. Between the newspaper and those classes, I'm pretty fired up about journalism right now and think it might be something I'd like to pursue.
I'm also on the football team, and after...
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November 12, 2013

Blogger: Claudia Dumpson

Hi everyone! As the end of the semester dwindles down (AH!), I’m starting to settle into my classes and get into the swing of things. Took me long enough. Anyway, as I’ve been settling in, one thing that has really stuck out to me is the realization that the things I’ve always enjoyed can be turned into academic, social, and professional opportunities. My first year was about settling in and exploring my options, academically and socially - this year is about deciding what I want and what I’m going to do about it. 

In high school, I did a lot of volunteer work with non-profit organizations looking to alleviate homelessness and provide resources for the homeless community. The issues surrounding homelessness and poverty have been really important to me,...

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November 8, 2013

Blogger: Sarah Schmitz

Hi! I’m Sarah, a 20 year old sophomore from Houston, Texas. I work as a social media and web intern as well as a campus tour guide for the Office of Admission. Additionally I’m a writer for HerCampus Occidental ( and I co-host a weekly radio show for KOXY, our on-campus, student-run radio station (shameless plug: tune in to every Thursday at 9pm). I’m also a member of Hillel, and in the past I have volunteered as a tutor and worked as a part of a film crew on campus. Am I forgetting anything? Oh yeah, I’m also a student here.


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November 6, 2013

Blogger: Jane Drinkard

Hi everyone! My name is Jane Drinkard. I’m a freshman here at Oxy hailing all the way from Brooklyn, New York. I’m involved in two amazing dance pro dances and I’m a new member of the writers workshop. I’ve also snagged a job as a note-taker. Even still, I constantly feel like I could be doing more  (especially when I receive Oxy’s digest emails). Since everything is so new and exciting, for this first blog I’m just going to sort through some initial thoughts on my experience here at Oxy:


Parent’s weekend was a couple of weeks ago and it proved to be pretty revelatory seeing my parents for the first time since I stopped living with them. They’re the same: my dad wore his embarrassing sandals (even after I...

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November 6, 2013

Blogger: Donovan Dennis

The great Californian John Steinbeck once wrote of my home state, “I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”

Thus, it’s a hard case to make for moving from one of the loveliest places in the West to the state deeply rooted as the source of all evil for every Montanan: California. As astonishing as it may sound, however, I found it within myself to temporarily abandon the 22nd coldest city in the United States (Great Falls, MT), pack up, and join the masses migrating to Los Angeles.

Much to my surprise, I found a community strikingly similar to my own (sans frigidity of course). Though deep...

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November 3, 2013

Blogger: Connie Oh

Hey everyone. My name is Connie and I’m a brand new freshman here at Oxy. I’m from Irvine, California – a suburban city about an hour away from campus. 
One Saturday evening, I was at the Cooler with my friends, chatting amongst ourselves about this and that, when suddenly, a group of people rushed into the place. They were wearing old-school plaid shirts with jeans, and beautiful long skirts with vintage patterns. They paired up, 
turned on the country music, and then started square dancing in the middle of the Cooler. We weren’t really sure...
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November 3, 2013

Blogger: Columbia Shafer

The beginning of my junior year caused the daunting realization that I am more than halfway through my time at Oxy. This caused me to reflect on what I’ve learned during my time here. Of course I’ve learned academically (especially about the brain, I’m a Cognitive Science major), but what about outside of the classroom? Here are some of my ponderings, the result of my time here so far. A list of life hacks for living and studying at Occidental. 
Get Creative in the Dining Hall
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October 31, 2013

Blogger: Daphne Auza



Hey everyone!

My name is Daphne, and I’m a junior here at Oxy. My default answer for telling people where I’m from is Sacramento, but before that I lived in Cleveland, Ohio and San Diego. I’m an English and Comparative Literary Studies major with a minor in Sociology. Throughout my Oxy career I’ve been involved in Spoken Word Club, Her Campus Occidental, The Occidental Weekly, and Feast Arts & Literary Magazine. So if you’re curious at all about some of the the publications and writing outlets we have on campus, I guess I’m your girl!

So far, this semester has been really different compared to my previous semesters here at Oxy - but in a good way. For one, I’m one of the newest residents in Pet House! The picture I’m...

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