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March 23, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

Hey gang, apologies for the length between posts. To reiterate and for those of you newly joining me, I am still on Winter Break! I'm technically studying abroad this semester, but I haven't actually left yet.

But my wait is (mostly) over! I will be leaving for Japan on April 5th, arriving late April 6th... and now I'm freaking out.

Is this trip to study in Japan the fulfillment of a childhood dream? Yes. Is it going to be super-awesome? Yes. Will I look back on it with fondness and longing...

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March 22, 2012

Blogger: Lisa Gilliland

Hello there! As most of you probably know, acceptance letters go out tomorrow! (Right? if not... oops :P) Anywho, good luck to everyone! Now on to a bit about my week... Seeing as this is the first week back from Spring Break it feels like time is moving half as fast as normal. It's only Wednesday and yet this is the first time I feel like I've had a chance to sit down and actually do something besides homework/softball/class/meetings since Monday! I personally like being busy - it keeps me awake and interested, but this is borderline chaotic!!! This week is I-week for my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. What this means is that the new girls who went through formal recruitment a few weeks ago will formally be initiated on SUNDAY!!! This is a super big deal and really exciting, but is also quite...

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March 22, 2012

Bloger: Kyle Beasley

Wow, spring break definitely went by a lot faster than I expected it too. After being spoiled with a five week winter break, I can’t really complain though. Over spring break I didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary. For the first couple of days I relaxed at home with my family and caught up all the sleep that I missed out on during the previous week due to term papers and such. I did get to catch up with a few of my other friends who were on spring break as well. I also attended a dance show over break, put on by my former high school. It was good to see old friends and all.  That’s about it for my spring break. Nothing special really happened. All my other time was spent preparing for my Kinesiology midterm coming up.

Now that I’m back on campus….

A few days ago, a couple friends and I decided to go to a local coffee shop called, Swork to study for a bit and just catch up with each other. It...

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March 21, 2012

 Blogger: Chris Suzdak

For many, high school sports were a memorable activity that didn't translate to collegiate athletics for various reasons. Lucky for us, intramural sports serves as an outlet for continued friendly competition - especially at Oxy. For the past four years, I have personally played multiple seasons of soccer, wiffle ball, and dodgeball - racking up five championships (with t-shirts to prove it!). Most of the time I've played on official ΣAE fraternity teams. We have a designated IM Chair who makes sure we field teams for every IM sport every semester, which has led us to take home the all-IM Championship trophy for the past three years. Obviously, it's something we take seriously - haha.  Other fraternities, sororities, clubs, staff, and friend groups also consistently create...

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March 21, 2012

Blogger: Abby Chin-Martin

Back into the swing of things here at school already! Last week was spring break, and I was lucky enough to go home to Seattle for the first half, and spent the second half at my friend's beach house in San Clemente. I got to experience the best of both worlds! This last week, Seattle experienced some crazy weather conditions, including dumping rain, raining moderately, drizzling, and only raining a little bit. During my descent into Seattle, the clouds parted and I was able to take an awesome picture of downtown and the Sound.

I had a wonderful time catching up with my family and friends.  The second half of my break in San Clemente was equally as fun! I was there with three of my best friends.  We had a house to ourselves, and because of the mediocre weather, ended up...

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March 20, 2012

Blogger: Nicholas Conti

Last Saturday I had the urge to explore and found myself all across LA.  I started off by biking up to Debs Park which is a beautiful shrubby woodland atop a 200 acre hill just east of downtown.  Coyotes, Great Horned Owls, Red Tailed Hawks, and ancient Oaks all inhabit the park. Below is a panorama from the dry side of the park, however it doesn't do it justice.

Lucky for me there was a paved road on the southern side of the park which allowed me to practically coast all the way to downtown.  I was graciously greeted by a brand spankin new bike lane...

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March 19, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

I was fortunate enough to spend my spring break in Switzerland visiting family and friends. In case you've never been, I think this picture is pretty emblematic. My schedule for each day of the week was:

  • Wake up at 7:30 AM
  • Spend the entire day out and traveling around
  • Return back to the house for dinner
  • In bed and asleep by 10:00 PM
  • Rinse and repeat...

So... I was busy. Throughout my many trips I took a lot of photos--like 16 GB worth. Most of them are crap, and I'll edit that total down to the couple hundred that came out best. Soon I'll post them to my personal blog: DavidSacci.com, so be sure to read the posts...

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March 18, 2012

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

Hi everybody! Between now and my last post, something major happened - I found I'm headed to Rome!!! And even better, I'm going with my best friend!!! Are we the luckiest girls ever or what? My group of friends and I are all going fall semester, so we don't miss each other for a whole year. Sadly, I will not see some of you incoming first-years the first semester you are on campus.

Places my friends and I are going: Rome (!!!), Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, and so many other places. It's still hard to process that we're all going to be all over the place.

In other news, I can't believe spring break is over! I spent my spring break mostly on campus, catching up on sleep and reading, but I went down to San Diego for a couple days to hang out with a friend and I also went to work a few times.

Having an on-campus job is great: it's not enough time to take away from living life, doing you...

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March 15, 2012

Blogger: Katherine Carey

As my title says, life is a little busy.  As I'm sure it is for all of you too.  I haven't posted in ages because of everything that's been happening.  Getting back from study abroad has been more of a challenge than I anticipated, between seeing friends, being the VP of Delta sorority, re-training as a tour guide, applying for various positions for the summer and fall, and, of course, taking classes.  I forgot how mixed my personal, academic, and professional lives are here on campus.  But one thing at a time, right?

Probably the most exciting thing that has happened to me since I last posted is that I was accepted to Oxy's program at the United Nations in New York for the fall semester.  I'm bummed to be off-campus again for half my senior year,...

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March 15, 2012

Hey all, Spring Break is around, and the living is easy! I took the Amtrak train from LA to San Francisco, a needlessly long journey which nonetheless gave me a view of the changing scenery of California from South to North. I stopped at San Jose, where my uncle picked me up and took me to his house in Fremont. Venturing through the city and seeing all the sights was basically the coolest thing ever. San Francisco is pretty much the coolest place I've ever been. I love LA and going to school there, but I could definitely see myself settling down in San Francisco. It's like a Californized version of New York City, which basically means New York without the attitude and rush. It's hard to explain. The city is something that deserves to be photographed, and photograph it I did! Two of my friends from back home in Singapore go to the Claremont Colleges, so we traipsed through the city together and I took waay too many photos. All of the...

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