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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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February 1, 2014

Blogger: Kristen Treat

Hey Potential New Tigers! My name is Kristen Treat and I am a senior Environmental Biology major here at Oxy and first-time blogger!

Reflecting on my past 3.5 years here at Oxy, I have realized quite a few things, but especially:

  1. I started exploring the amazing city of Los Angeles much too late in my college career.
  2. Being a second semester senior makes you feel really, really old.
  3. Kathy, the nicest sandwich lady/ human being you’ll ever meet, makes one killer turkey pesto wrap.

Although all are valid points, I would have to say that not venturing out into the City of Angels a bit earlier in my Oxy career has been one of my biggest realizations, especially after last weekend. In just a three day span, I think I did more off-campus exploring than I...

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January 29, 2014

Blogger: Everest Law

“I cannot rest from travel: I will drink life to the lees” – A. Tennyson in Ulysses

It feels strange to remain at home, while all my Oxy friends are already engaging themselves in a typical (i.e. busy) Oxy semester. No matter – within three days I will be setting off to St. Petersburg, Russia for my Study Abroad program. The excitement and anxiety of going to a new place hasn't struck me yet, and somehow I feel more secure than three years ago when I first arrived at Oxy. These few years of life in the US have indeed prepared me better – at least mentally – for facing unknowns and abrupt changes in life.

It is interesting to see how Oxy tries to prepare...

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January 29, 2014

Blogger: Kyle Beasley 

And we're back.....well, not exactly...

Instead of settling back into the dorms for another semester at Oxy, I'm actually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil studying abroad this semester. Having come to Rio with no prior Portuguese skills, I was definitely worried about communicating and simply understanding everything that would going on around me. I'm very grateful that Cariocas (Rio de Janeiro Natives) are so incredibly friendly and extremely helpful. I am doing a homestay, where I am living with a great family in the Copacabana neighborhood of the city. My host mom and dad are extremely patient with me and are always willing to help me with my acquisition of the language.

Even though I've only been here for about 4 weeks now, I am already having a lot of fun. Of course I've done all of the...

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