Hi everybody! First off I'd like to apologize for the lack of pretty pictures. I write this short piece from my cubicle at my internship, which is coming to a close pretty soon. As I type, my boss is interviewing a potential replacement for me! I doubt she'll be nearly as good at filing though. This semester has honestly been the busiest period of my short life and I'm concerned that it will only get busier! My internship has been an amazing experience and oftentimes a welcome escape from the drama of campus life (read: sorority life) but I'm a little relieved to have the 12 hours a week back. Thanksgiving couldn't come faster! I just wrote a paper for a Judaism class by drawing parallels between the characters' academic interests and Freudian methods of psychanalysis. A truly liberal arts college kind of experience. My sorority's new pledges will activate this Friday, which is awesome! Congratulations to Alpha Lambda Phi...Read More
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November 17, 2011
November 17, 2011
I've been counting the weeks until the end of the semester for two weeks now, and somehow the end doesn't seem any closer. Most people I've talked to are going home for Thanksgiving next week. Lucky ducks.
For the first time, this year I really want to go home for Thanksgiving (I never have and probably never will). That said, I'm looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with my Pasadena-based grandfather and a friend visiting from Scripps before heading out with her and some local friends to Calico Ghost Town for some mine-spelunking and old-West fun.
November 16, 2011
Hey everyone! Thanksgiving is almost a week away! (Can't wait to go home!) Around this time every year, students must register for their spring semester classes. The days leading up to registration can be very stressful. What if you don't get the class you want? What if you don't get any classes? What if you can't get into the class that you need to graduate and then you never graduate and can't get a job and are homeless and poor forever? (These are just some of my personal thoughts). Registration at Oxy begins with meeting with your advisor. Your advisor is a professor assigned to you freshman year that works in the department you plan on majoring in. He or she can help you choose the classes you want to enroll in. Your advisor also tells you what your registration time is. In previous years, each grade would have a registration day, and within that grade there would be two groups: morning and afternoon registration. If you get...Read More
November 15, 2011
November 14, 2011
Last week I completed my final undergraduate class registration for Spring 2012. Not sure how I feel about that. Classes have always been a love/hate relationship as I typically enjoy the courses' content but dread the homework. So registration is a time where you can get excited to think about the topics you'll be learning about and not have to think about all the coursework that come along with them. For me, the registration process has never been too painful. I honestly can't remember a semester that I had to take a class that I didn't really want to or that I was required to anyway. This semester, they switched around the process so you pick two classes first in your first round, then your second two during a second round - giving everyone a better chance at getting their most desired classes. I have no complaints, especially since I'll only be taking three courses and got into all three that I wanted. I'm only taking...Read More
November 14, 2011
During my first three years at Oxy, I was able to live in three wonderful residence halls. Living on campus couldn't be more convenient - free internet and printing down the hall, classes and free food less than a two minute walk, to state the basics. I never had any particular complaints about doubles or triple rooms as I was always living with close friends and there is plenty of free space around campus to chill. Pictures and descriptions of them can be found here. Still, moving off-campus senior year has been awesome. While Oxy can't claim the status of UC-Merced's off-campus housing situation, Eagle Rock offers a decent variety of housing options. Some residencies serve as designated party houses almost every year, while others are...Read More
November 10, 2011
hello all, this past saturday i went to the oxy rugby tournament. if you havent heard, our rugby team is relatively pretty good. as in second in the nation good. last spring, they won every game up until the championship game where they lost, placing second in the nation. so i decided to show my support... at 6:30am. in long beach. but it was worthwhile. [gallery]Read More
November 8, 2011
Hey everybody, (short post this week) As a freshman, I picked up on a trend that I noticed was apparent in some of my upperclassman friends - CLASSY MONDAY. I started doing it in the second week of school, and some of my frosh friends picked up on it too! I'm starting to catalog the results of each classy Monday, so here are some photos: [gallery columns="1"]Read More
November 7, 2011
The quizzes, exams and tests don’t stop and I seem to still have so much to do. There’s about a month left of classes here in Hong Kong and the work isn’t letting up. In other news, I went to Mong Kok and bought a tripod so that I could do some night photography. Above is the view from the top of my hostel here at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Enjoy. David is a junior Economics major, a very amateur photographer and dressed up as a "Hairy Crab" for Halloween.Read More
November 6, 2011
So, the really cool thing about my study abroad program is that is gives me a lot of free time to travel around all of Asia! Although I go to the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a normal exchange student, I was lucky enough to not get Friday classes!! In fact, almost all the exchange students here only have 3-4 days of classes and the rest of their time is free to do whatever they like! Awesome, right?! Right now I am in Bangkok, Thailand on a little weekend getaway. No. Big. Deal. Aha, I am so lucky to get to travel around like this!! Its such an amazing opportunity! Yesterday my friends and I got to ride elephants through the jungle... check it out:[gallery] In two weeks I'll be headed to Taiwan, and hopefully in December I can make it down to Vietnam. I...Read More