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December 12, 2013

Blogger: Daphne Auza

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to write for this blog without sounding unoriginal. I’m going through what pretty much everyone else is this time of year: looking forward to winter break, stressing over finals, bundling up for LA “autumn”, etc. I’ve also been trying to do more grown up things like present conference papers and wear lipstick. But right now I’m at a point in the semester where complaining about all the work I have to do seems useless. I’m just going to try and endure it with as much positivity as I can muster and the “Frozen” movie soundtrack.

To keep myself motivated, I’ve also been thinking a lot about next semester, which is when I will be studying abroad at the Universiteit van...

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December 12, 2013

Blogger: Jill Marucut

Last Friday was the last day that I could feel sorry for myself for the roller coaster of exams and papers. With two 20-page papers and two exams on the horizon, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed. Luckily, to calm myself down, I realized that finals don’t have to be as bad as I make them out to be. Here are some options on how to prepare for your finals in a manageable fashion:

Option 1: Wake up early, have a substantial and healthy breakfast, watch your favorite TV show for 30 minutes, and then work on finals for 6 hours--with 4 15-minute breaks in between.

•   That schedule has always worked for me, and I don’t feel as bogged down.


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December 8, 2013

Blogger: Jane Drinkard

We arrive at the Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard. The line for Sam Smith just reaches around the block. The crowd is full of couples and young hipsters sporting jean jackets and ironic mustaches. Jimmy, Lily and I bounce around in anticipation. We feel like we are in on a cataclysmic secret. The response was the same from everyone who we told about the concert: “Who is Sam Smith?”

For those of you reading this that find yourselves asking the same question, Sam Smith is a 21 year-old British singer/songwriter. You may have heard his luscious vocals seeping through Disclosure’s electronic track, “Latch” but most likely, you haven’t heard some of his acoustic tracks such as, “Nirvana” or “Lay Me Down.” This should change...

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December 4, 2013

Blogger: Kyle Beasley

Wow. It definitely seems as though this semester went by rather quickly. But when looking at all the work that has been put in over the last couple weeks, whether it be the Re-Investment campaign that my UEP310 (Community Organizing and Leadership) class is organizing or the many tours that I’ve given recently, I definitely feel as though I am in need of a break…

As the final class sessions of the semester are starting to wrap up and as we are preparing to complete our final exams, it's definitely a hectic time of year for Oxy students. Luckily, there are a lot of de-stressing activities for students including the Winter Fair being sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the annual puppy playdate. (Additionally, we did have Chance the Rapper come to campus a couple weeks ago for Fall Concert). I,...

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December 4, 2013

Blogger: Everest Law

As my roommate said, the Thanksgiving holiday is EVIL for giving us a taste of what Winter Break is like, and then leaves us to the mercy of the mountain of work coming up next. That being said though, the break was much appreciated, since I needed the time to revise for my physics comprehensive exam (comps), among other things.

The physics comps is a multiple-choice exam comprised of 5 sections, each of them corresponding to material taught in one of the Foundation classes (waves, mechanics, EM, modern physics and thermal/statistical physics). Students have three hours to attempt the exam, and they don’t have to pass every section in one go. No calculators though!

In any case, junior year is a busy time, and it’s important to keep in mind what our priorities are as college students. For me personally,...

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December 2, 2013

Blogger: Connie Oh

Hey everyone! The end of the semester is coming up really, really quickly. Did I really start college just three months ago? Now that the semester’s almost done, these past few weeks have been really busy as extracurricular activities are beginning to wrap up. I just had my College Chorus concert on Sunday – and it was awesome. After an entire semester of hard practice, the concert was a great success. The entire chorus sounded beautiful in Herrick Chapel (the on-campus chapel). The chapel is absolutely gorgeous in the afternoon, when the sunlight hits the colorful stained glass windows at the perfect angle. Singing gospel pieces and classical music in such a wonderful building really made the concert so much better. Your religious beliefs (or lack thereof) didn’t matter...

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November 27, 2013

Blogger: Laurel Cox

Hello lovely readers! It’s been a long time. Too long.

In case you’re wondering, the title is a reference to my favorite movie as a young tot, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Here is a link to the curious and bold of heart: It didn’t nearly rain that much this week, but whenever it does rain, this is what I think of. 

I think I talk about weather a lot here, but weather is kind of a big deal to me. Just last week, we had a high of 90. In November! I couldn’t believe it. It’s also strange that it is already week 13 in my last fall semester of undergrad, assuming nothing goes dreadfully, dreadfully wrong in the coming...

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November 27, 2013

Blogger: Julius DiLorenzo

Hey all,

Hope everyone’s been enjoying their first semester of the year. Unlike my first year of college, this semester shot by. There are about three weeks left that pretty much go sequentially as Thanksgiving to reading week to finals and then homebound. Though many students opt to go home for Thanksgiving, I’ll be hanging around on campus. ResEd puts on a fancy Thanksgiving dinner for all the students staying, and there are various activities and trips to do throughout the break, so I’m looking forward to some downtime on campus, and hopefully the opportunity to get a jumpstart on finals studying. But we’ll see.

Since my last blog, life has only turned up. I went camping in San Diego with some friends over fall break, which was a good time all...

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November 27, 2013

Blogger: Matthew Cecconi

Hey all.

Let me start by saying Los Angeles’ attempt at a fall season is one of the most confusing times of the year. For example, it was raining the other day and within the hour, the sun had come out and dried almost everything up. That same night it was really windy and cold again. You never know what to expect as you wake up each morning. Fall is also confusing at Oxy because of what most people consider one of the most stressful weeks of the semester: Registration.

Signing up for spring semester classes takes up just a couple hours of your week but can cause a lot of stress for some. I, luckily, have never had much stress while registering. I actually find signing up for classes fun as I often am greatly looking forward to what the next semester will bring. One...

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November 25, 2013

Blogger: Rhys Berkwitt

Hey All!

The semester’s end feels like it is flying at us at warp speed and now everytime I fall asleep, I half expect to wake up the next morning as a senior. This fall semester of my sophomore year has seen its fair share of late nights and caffeine dependent days, but as I reflect on it now, I can honestly say that this year, so far, has been a huge success.

Last year as an undeclared first year, I struggled with the typical identity crisis that so many of us undecided undergrads have faced. I had to truly reflect on my wide ranging spectrum of interests and come to terms with how I wanted each of them to play a role in my life. After some major contemplation, personal reflection, and a few moments of hysteria, I am incredibly proud to say...

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