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January 13, 2012

Well, I've returned from Cape Town. It was INCREDIBLE. The only problem is that when my friends ask me how it was, I really don't know how to formulate a semi-coherent response. It's so difficult to condense five months of experience without rambling about my host family for twenty minutes, or my trip to Turkey and my SURPRISE overnight layover in Amsterdam (where I was able to meet up with one of my best friends, another Oxy student abroad for the semester, and crash at her Dutch apartment for the night!). Or I could talk about the oh-so-wonderful minibuses of Cape Town.

The classic CPT minibus - sometimes...

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January 12, 2012

In my first post, I explained how Oxy gave me the hook-ups to travel to Ghana to do some good. The trip gave me insight into the practical side of local development projects and also inspired me to examine further the role that traditional chief figures are playing in the emerging microfinance industry in the region. So as soon as I got back to school that fall, I began working with my Economics professor to prepare my research proposal. After several months of prep work and feedback from several professors and administrators, I learned that Oxy’s International Programs Office (IPO) had accepted my proposal. In other words, the school would be funding the research project under its Summer Research Abroad program along with ten other students traveling to different countries to conduct independent research in their...

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January 11, 2012

After a very relaxing winter break I am happy that soon we will all be returning to Oxy for the Spring semester. A new year, a new blog! This winter break seems longer than others which I was happy for because I needed a break after fall semester. Before winter break started, my mom, sister, cousin, and I enjoyed a getaway to Disneyland! I hadn’t been there since Gradnite, which is a tradition at my high school (the night of graduation you enjoy at Disneyland with hundreds of other graduated high school students) and noticed that things hadn’t changed. My mom hadn’t been to Disneyland in years and I know she was the one who enjoyed it the most. Unfortunately the week that followed that day was finals week, but I made it through! My winter break was not filled with a lot of travel, just family time and hanging out with old friends. But I am actually ready to start the new semester. The beginning of this semester will be hectic. I...

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January 8, 2012

I just got back down to the beautiful Los Angeles area this past week to find that it feels more like summer vacation down here than a winter one.  Clear skies, and 80 degree weather... can't complain i guess.  Over this break I travelled to Northern California to a fishing lodge outside of Redding, California, for a Christmas family reunion.  The fishing lodge is called Clearwater Lodge and it is located in the small town of fall river mills.  Although it was freezing cold up there, the scenery was beautiful and it is always nice to spend some quality family time in the middle of nowhere. Besides that I was in my home town of San Luis Obispo waiting for any kind of storm...

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January 8, 2012

Even though it makes me sad as I help my friends pack up to go back into their next semester – or quarter – of college, I feel lucky that I have two more weeks of break left. I can remember how happy I was when I walked out from my calculus final as the clock struck 9:30 p.m. I was ready to head back home and celebrate the holidays with my family, which was in deep contrast to the time I would be spending away from the friends that I made. I hope that you guys have been having a great break! Christmas hit at just about the right time and I was more than happy to see almost-forgotten faces and eat some serious food [slow-cooked beef brisket, c’mon…]. Even though I go to school a few blocks away from home, I’ve only been back 3 times throughout the whole semester. It was tempting to want to escape back home whenever I got stressed or wanted to get off campus for a day or two, but I knew that it did not help my transition...

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January 5, 2012

Over the last few weeks of the semester I did what any college student does; went to the LACMA with my grandpa, went out to dinner with my friends, and, oh yeah, took some (2, Muah-hah-hah lit/history majors are da best) tests. I got home Friday night, went shopping with my family Saturday, then on Sunday started rehearsing for the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

In this (annual) unprecedented Compleat Works show, we were the first of our company to attempt an all-female cast. I had a great time, and got to act with some of my favorite...

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December 22, 2011

if you have the fortune of spending a winter in southern california, you can still do the fun activities of a colder climate region.  places like snow valley, snow summit, big bear, mammoth, mountain high, and mount baldy are great to snowboard, ski, and tube.  winter is terrific for snow, and summer allows the trails and lakes to thaw. i went snowboarding in snow valley, california yesterday for the first time.  enjoy :)

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December 19, 2011

Hi There! I just want to apologize in advance for how short this post is going to be, I am just about to leave for a 14 hour flight to New Zealand!!! Yep, that's right folks - this break my family is going to Australia and New Zealand for three weeks!!! I'm crazy excited, no one in my family has ever been to either of these places and we really don't know what to expect, except that I know it will be awesomeee. It was really hard to get through finals this year because I knew that I had this trip ahead of me and I just wanted to speed up time to get here! But now that I'm done with finals all I can think about is what I got for question 8 on that econ final (but actually...) I've also been getting realllllly excited for the classes I'm taking next semester! For the first time ever I'll have a class with one of my best friends and I am so pumped to have someone to sit next to and study with all semester!!! I am also excited...

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December 15, 2011

Hi everybody! First off, big congrats to Oxy's ED class of 2016! Hooray! I went ahead and introduced myself on your official Facebook page, but here I am again. So two days before finals began, I caught the worst cold ever. I was a grouchy, sniffly mess, and I holed up in my dorm room so library-dwellers wouldn't kill me. Studying is seriously awful when you are THAT. SICK. But finals come regardless of how sick and unhappy you are, and I managed to get through them okay. I definitely ate over the recommended number of cough drops you're supposed to eat in a day, though. Whoops. My roommate and I are driving back home this year, and we take off in about 24 hours. Being the organized and efficient student that I am, I... haven't started packing at all. Instead, I've been too busy getting froyo with besties and dealing with...

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December 9, 2011

Hello all! In the midst of studying for finals and writing final papers I haven't been too active on the site, so I thought I'd share some thoughts on what's been happening in the last few weeks, and what's coming up in the next couple. Thanksgiving break was an awesome reprieve from the hectic nature of school and all the work, and I got to visit my aunt and uncle in Arizona by taking a road trip with a couple of friends from Oxy and one from Chapman University! The drive to Arizona was a lot of fun, and I got to know my friends a lot more as a result. It took us about 6 hours to drive into Arizona, not counting a couple of food and gas stops. A side note: I was astonished as to how much cheaper gas is in the US than it is in Singapore - you learn something new every day! The stay in Arizona was awesome, as I got to hang out with the family and watch an Arizona State football game on Thanksgiving Weekend. Driving back from Arizona...

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