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July 29, 2013

Blogger: Evan Thomas

When my high school self imagined college summers, the scenarios often took place in Los Angeles--but they didn’t involve me sitting in a room amongst distinguished researchers and theorists of science education from colleges and universities across the country. Even if I had imagined such a scenario, I wouldn’t have guessed these professors would bother to ask me to introduce myself and speak about my research findings. Don’t scholars have plenty to discuss amongst themselves, and have neither time nor need to hear from undergraduates? But to my surprise, Oxy provided me with this experience, as I’ll discuss below. 
I’ll keep my personal introduction short so I can discuss what incoming freshmen and prospective students actually want to know about: the...
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July 25, 2013

Blogger: Abby Chin-Martin

This summer began with my friend Miriam flying to Seattle all the way from Vermont. From there, we packed up an entire 16-foot Uhaul with furniture, kitchen stuff, a bike, a potted plant, and lots of road trip snacks. We left early in the morning, spent the night in Sacramento, and safely arrived in LA at our new house the early afternoon of the following day. It was such a fun adventure! 
Now, I’ve spent one summer in LA before. It was overwhelming and new, I was subletting in a house with no furniture, I was borrowing someone’s car…it was a fun learning experience. This summer, I felt prepared. We were moving into our new place, I had my own car, I had an internship at Live Nation I was really looking forward to, and this...
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July 19, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

Happy summer, everyone! I write to you from my home country, Taiwan, where I will be spending the rest of my summer. While Taiwan is certainly an awesome place to be, things can get old, especially when spending more than two months here. So, I've decided to use my time here volunteering as well as planning and leading some local summer camps.

I am currently volunteering at a specialized school for blind students. In addition to being visually impaired, 80 percent of the students also suffer from various mental and health issues such as Autism, and most are slow in learning. Many children enter the school without even knowing how to walk or go to the bathroom on their own. As a result, rather than teaching common school subjects such as math, history, Chinese, etc, I've been...
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July 3, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

So far, summer has taught me three things:

  1. If you go to bed past 3 AM, it’s impossible to sleep less than 12 hours.
  2. Spending enough time on the Internet could lead you to meeting Andy Samberg.
  3. You’ll find me wearing something other than sweats, getting bored of my cat, and enjoying Big Bang Theory before I’m ever employed.

My best friend and I volunteer at a preschool every summer. While I look forward to these four weeks above all else during the year, I’m (almost) nineteen years old and this is nowhere near a real job. While awaiting my friends to return from their respective colleges, I was productive, (or at least as productive as I can get when I don’t have plans for a month) reading three books and writing an article for...

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June 28, 2013

Blogger: Becca Patch

When I decided to stay at Oxy to work this summer, my first thought was what am I going to do with all my free time? I’m used to rushing from activity to activity, both at school and at home with my regular summer job at a local theater group. Working regular business hours all summer was going to present me with a new challenge: what to do after 5pm? What to do all weekend? Weren’t weekends created for homework?

I’m kidding about that last one. But it is true that it can be easy during the academic year to fall into a pattern of constantly stressing over work and homework (often because you’ve procrastinated a little too long).

So welcome to the summer of exploration! My friends and I have put together a summer bucket list of places we want to go,...

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June 24, 2013

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

Hi blog readers!

School has been out for about a month now, which is hard for me to believe. This summer is already flying by! Summers are important to college kids. It’s the time for internships, jobs, and the pool. This is the first summer I won’t be back in my hometown of Seattle, WA, and as people like to keep reminding me, it is also my last summer of college (and last summer… ever?!). Frankly, I’m terrified that I’m going to be a senior - can’t this summer last forever?

So what am I doing with my all-important summer vacation? I’m staying in Los Angeles, living in my sorority house, and working 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. Actually, I’m a Getty Intern, which means I achieved the impossible and...

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June 20, 2013

Blogger: Amber Thai

I hope that everyone has been having a great summer and had a great academic school year. I have been relaxing at home and hanging out with friends and family. It’s been nice to get some downtime, and it has also given me time to look for other things to do throughout the summer. Recently, I accepted the position as the Healthy Food Policy and Program Intern at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute. It’s been great to engage with new material and participate in workshops with parents and children in the local communities around the Eagle Rock area. UEPI and the program that I work for supports a great cause, which is to make people more aware about their access to local, healthy food and how they can improve their lifestyles as well as those of their children. If...

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May 31, 2013

Blogger: Sarah Sterling


I have to say that the best part of graduating happens before you acutally graduate. "Senior Week" is a week packed with events for Oxy seniors before graduation weekend. Most students take the first few days of Senior Week to travel to Las Vegas for what has been called "the Oxy invasion." Over one hundred students went this year, and it was a Vegas experience unlike any other. You could not go down any street or into any hotel without seeing a fellow classmate! I'd say my favorite day in Vegas was when we all descended upon the pool at the MGM Grand for an afternoon of lounging and taking underwater photos.

On-campus events during Senior Week included a pub night hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, a special performance of our school's...

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May 19, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

Myth: Oxy does not have a business or entrepreneurship program, which means that Oxy students and faculty aren't interested in them.

Answer: False. Think again.
Allow me to introduce to you Oxypreneurship, a student-led organization that seeks to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among students through innovative thinking and so much more. As one of the leaders in Oxypreneurship (OP), I have been fortunate to work with a team of incredibly motivated students and supportive faculty and board of trustees to create and hold events on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Even though OP has only been in existence for less than a year, the progress we've made so far gives testament to just how big of an influence OP has had and will continue...
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May 11, 2013

Blogger: Everest Law


 “Knowledge is power.” – Francis Bacon

     But when a person doesn’t even have the freedom of movement, his or her access to knowledge is no doubt severely restricted. The world seems much smaller in a prison, with the bars and barbwires pressing down on all sides. The four walls around the facility will eventually turn into the four walls in the inmates’ minds, and making them forget that it is possible to have a life “outside”. When they do get out, the lack of direction in life, combined with the lack of the means to create one, might eventually force them back into criminal activity.

     It is not a healthy situation, which is why initiatives such as the Prison Education Project...

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