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March 10, 2012

It’s kind of odd to have nothing to do. I mean, relatively speaking- there is never really nothing to do in college. I’m finally on spring break, and it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Between the Holi dinner with the South Asian Students Association (free Indian food, great music by yours truly and colorful decorations everywhere? You don’t really see me complaining xP) and the Oxy -Caltech Orchestra concert, I had a great break from the papers I had to write. And of course we’re two weeks to the show for Dance Production- when did that happen? The Oxy-Caltech Orchestra is one of the many highlights of the music department. They usually have two concerts per semester and rehearse...

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March 9, 2012

Hello blog readers. I apologize in advance if the title of this blog post sounds too much like an analytical essay of some sort. I also want to warn you that my thought process recently has been a tad jumbled. Here's why: On Monday I went to class as always, tired and bummed cause it was a Monday, but generally excited about the last week before spring break! Around dinner time I started to get a sore throat (boo!!!) Tuesday morning I went up and went to , the health center on campus. Emmons has walk-in hours from 9-10 and 3:30-4:30 daily. The doctor that I saw told me that I had the flu, which apparently has been going around schools all over the country lately. She was incredibly sweet - at one point I felt faint and she held my hand and rubbed my back while I laid down, just like my mom would have done. I spent all of Tuesday and much of Wednesday in bed, unable to get work done or concentrate for very long, which was incredibly frustrating....

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March 9, 2012

Today is the begining of a 2 week spring break and I couldn't be happier.  I plan on heading home to sunny San Luis Obispo for some much needed relaxation.  The only downside to this spring break is that no other university/college has the same time off so it is hard to see friends from home.  But maybe this is a blessing in disguise to try and get some work done...... On another note, Common was announced today as Occidental's Spring Fest headliner.  This is exciting news considering I have never seen him live before.  Previous acts have been, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Dead Prez, People Under The Stairs, Lupe Fiasco and A-trak.  These are all tough acts to follow but I'm sure it will be a good show. Read More

March 8, 2012

hola from southern spain, granada. one of the many pleasures of studying abroad in europe is the ability to travel.  ive never been to this continent, so i am taking full advantage of the relatively inexpensive ticket prices and busing/flying all about. my first trip outside of the country was to lisbon, portugal. -twelve hour over-night bus from granada to sevilla to lisbon - terrific hostel, wonderful people -snuck into a museum in the interest of our lowly budget - went to belem for tasty treats - found ourselves at an english pub - went to sintra, a city/town/mountain made for the portuguese nobility (castle upon palace upon mansion) - photographed great street art - went to the other side of the river to see the monument of jesucristo - rode a street cart - got lost a lot - learned a bit of portuguese - went to a jazz bar with classic porto. enjoy the photos! [gallery columns="4"]

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March 7, 2012

Wow!! I just got accepted to study abroad in the fall of next school year! I am so incredibly excited! I will be studying psychology at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. The International Program Office sent out an email last month saying that acceptances wouldn't be sent out until after Spring Break, but I guess they decided to surprise us! My Facebook newsfeed is full of people's statuses about studying abroad next year.  So far, I've seen statuses for Morocco, Australia, Rome, Spain, France, Amsterdam, India, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, Chile, and I'm sure many more are still to come! Next year is going to be so incredible with so many of my classmates spread across the world. I'll be sure to write a longer, less spur of the moment post in a couple days, but I thought it would be fun to post in the midst of the excitement!

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March 7, 2012

Today I was getting really worried about my living situation for my senior year. As seniors, we have to accept a contract that says that we will participate in Room Draw. Since there are limited rooms for seniors, this contract lets the school know how many seniors to accept living on campus. I of course want to live on campus my senior year (to save up money!) so I definitely needed to accept this contract. Unfortunately (or fortunately actually) I applied to study abroad in the Fall of 2012 and so if I picked a room at Room Draw and then cancelled it when I found out if I got into the study abroad program I would be charged $750 (I know!). I was asking around to see when I would find out if I got into my study abroad program and people said we would find out after Spring Break (which is after the deadline for the senior contract) so I was getting worried that I was either going to get charged or not have a room when I returned from abroad. After...

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March 2, 2012

I can’t believe it’s already March! It feels like the second half of February went by even faster than the first half did. I've been very busy these past two weeks and a lot has happened since my last post; if you’re interested, read more after the jump!The first major thing that took place during these past couple of weeks was that Oxy Housing revealed Room Draw numbers for the 2012-2013 school year! For those of you who don’t know, Room Draw is the process that determines on-campus housing for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Even though I got an incredibly good room draw number (7 out of 528!), I’m actually hoping to live in themed housing next year. Occidental offers several types of themed housing, from gender-neutral rooms in Rangeview Hall to Pauley, the Multicultural Hall. I chose to apply for a custom theme in Norris Hall (not to be confused with the Norris Hall of ...

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March 2, 2012

Okay, so I should preface this by mentioning that I'm not a fashionista in any way, shape or form. In high school I was often told I 'had style,' which I think meant 'you go to alternative school, don't you?' So no, I don't follow the trends any more than someone who occasionally visits the mall does.

Typed 'ohmygodwhat' into Google Images and came up with this. I have never been happier.

So anyway, while I've occasionally been accused of being fashionable, I'm not exactly an expert.

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March 1, 2012

Hello there! Spring Break is just around the corner and after that we will be half way through the semester! I can’t believe junior year is almost over. I will definitely feel old when I have to introduce myself to people as a child “senior”, bummer. But any who, since my last post I have been busy with work and homework, go figure, but now I have taken up an internship at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, CA. This internship is on a “beta” for now so we will see how it goes. Basically what we (3 other students and I) will be doing is translating manuals from English to Spanish as well as working with the patients on techniques to help them remember to take their medicine and show up for their appointments. The patients we will be working with are patients who suffer from HIV and so it is critical for them to take their medication every single day at the same time. It is also...

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February 27, 2012

So I’m a full time student. If you were to ask the registrar what that means their office might give you a numerical answer, like earning 12+ credits per semester. But there’s more to that, there’s the feeling of being a full time student that I carry as well. The feeling that time is a precious commodity when I look at my calendar and see that I’m booked straight from 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM. The feeling that the cycle of problem sets, office hours and exams are perpetual and infinite. The feeling that I'm working hard at all times. This might sound terrible to you, but it really isn’t. It’s a mindset that I’ve grown into and grown to love. When...

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