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May 5, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

And here's why:

So Japanese are super into Western sweets, which I don't understand because Japanese deserts are the best thing ever, but there you have it. I guess they're just a sweet-loving culture. Anyway, so this morning I woke up to the sunniest, most beautiful day I've ever seen. It wasn't too hot either, nor むし (humid). My host mom had mentioned she wanted to go to a dessert place today, and told me the wait would be long as it is Golden Week, and today specifically is Children's Day. We drove for about an hour into the mountains. My neighborhood is fairly rural, but there is actually a downtown. Where we went makes my town...

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May 4, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

I've noticed that every time finals week rolls around teachers decide to give more and more work due on the day OF a final. I am currently working on an 8-10 pg paper due this week, not to mention a 10-15pg paper due Monday (the day of my final when I have a presentation too!), a 5-10 pg Music paper due on the day of our cumulative final, and I have a Spanish final and a Stats for Psych final to study for...really professors?! Yeah that's a little taste of junior year for all you future students! I feel so overwhelm that I cannot WAIT until Friday of next week..that is, if I survive...

Word to the wise: Be aware of what the professors put in the syllabus and plan ahead. If the syllabus says that there will be a paper and a final, think about starting it early. Also in regards to majors, if you are sure of the major you want to complete, start taking classes freshman year. Get ahead of the game.

Well that's all I can write...

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May 4, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

It's crunch time here at Occidental College. This morning I turned in the longest paper I have ever written in my academic career. Tomorrow I have a shorter paper due for my International Economics class and a slightly longer one is due for my Modern Latin American History class on Monday...which is the same day my final exams start (I'll be taking three in total). I'm not writing my paper right now though, I'm composing a blog post while screwing around with Photoshop. I was returning to my dorm room today after an event that I brought my camera to and I found this photo opportunity--so I took it.

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April 27, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

Soooooo Japan is awesome. Over the past three weeks (wow, has it already been that long!?) I've been sort of observing my progression along the road of culture shock and in-so-doing have come across some glaring dissimilarities between Japan and America. I'll give a short taste then move on to what's new this week below. Observations

  • What you think is a wide sidewalk is actually a third lane.
  • There is no such thing as sarcasm.
  • Girls wearing skirts you'd get arrested for in America are a) normal, b) not thought of as 'slutty', c) can call someone out for touching them without judgement.
  • Cute things are ...
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April 27, 2012

Blogger: Jeremy Childs

Hello again, friends! Today’s post is going to focus on some of the various creative writing opportunities for students here at Occidental. If you enjoy writing fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction, then this post is meant for you!The first opportunity I want to mention is Occidental’s annual literary contest. Each winter, the English and Comparative Literary Studies (ECLS) department holds a contest for students to win cash prizes for their original written work. The contest has three categories (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) and offers prizes of up to two hundred dollars for each one! In addition to the monetary reward, each author gets their piece published in Feast, Occidental’s Art and Literary Magazine. Along with the contest winners, Feast publishes a diverse number of other submissions from the student body. The most recent issue of the magazine was released this past...

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April 25, 2012

Blogger: Lisa Gilliland

 

Hello readers! Don't worry, I haven't caught a rare disease or fallen off of the earth, although it may seem like I have judging by my lack of posting! So, here's my excuse for not posting in a while: This past weekend we had our last four softball games. Our last two home games were on Friday, which also happened to be the schools 125th anniversary and the Founders Day celebration!

As you've probably heard or seen, the school had a big carnival to celebrate the anniversary, which unfortunately I missed out on because I was too busy playing 2nd base! 

The carnival had games, balloon animal makers (do they have a specific name?) face painters, henna artists, and of course a FERRIS WHEEL.

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April 21, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

I realize I just posted like a week ago, but Japan is so awesome I just want to share more!

Yesterday a bunch of the Tokyo International University (TIU) students put on a welcome party for the Japanese Studies Program (JSP) students. We went to something called nomihoudai, which means all you can drink. About 60 people showed up, maybe 15 of whom were Americans (and one German), and crammed into a room with four tables to eat, drink, and yell bilingually for two hours, for one low price of 2300yen, which is about $25.

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April 20, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

A couple weekends back I did something that I had no idea I would ever do: I attended an indoor football game. I played soccer all throughout elementary and middle school and I ran track in high school, but I have never been an avid sports watcher. I've been to a couple of pro and minor league games and like most Americans I'll tune into watch the Superbowl, the Olympics and World Cup--and that's it. My good friend Alex (and fellow Oxy student) is a fan superfan of indoor football, "the lowest level of pro football in the United States." He first got...

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April 20, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

As a college student the first thing you learn to do is to manage time. You have to go to class, do homework, socialize, and maybe do extra curricular activities. As the years progress there might be more stuff added to your, already, piling to do list. I have found that during my junior year I have been thrown so many other things to juggle that I didn't know if I was going to make it. One thing to know before going to college is not to sign up for all of the programs, clubs, jobs, etc that they might offer you. Choose wisely! Choose something that you enjoy, that will pay off, and that you could use in the future. For example, during my freshman year I signed up for so  many clubs and organizations and as the weeks progressed, I realized that I was not going to be able to attend all these events and meetings. I chose wisely and, although I feel that I have no time to myself these days, I feel that the organizations I am a part of will...

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April 20, 2012

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

Hi blog readers,

Spring is in full swing here on campus. It's hot pretty much every day, projects and papers are piling up (if I am never heard from again after next week, you can blame my Kinesiology class), and everybody is itching for summer. People are always sprawled out on the grass and finding prime benches in the quad has become a sport (probably the only sport I'm good enough to make varsity on). I love spring!!

What's happened since my latest post? My awesome sister COMMITTED to Oxy!! She will be here in the fall, and since I'm going abroad I'm going to miss all of her first semester which I am so so sad about. I'm so proud of her for working hard and getting in, and I'm real excited to spend the next couple of years with her at Oxy.

Meanwhile, at Alpha, PC Spring 2012 is initiating tomorrow night. I am so proud of my little! So weird to think that we met only a few months ago, because she's...

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