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January 17, 2016

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

Whenever I tell my friends that I have a five-week winter break, they are always extremely jealous. However, it’s not as amazing as it sounds: as my high school friends return to their respective universities after three weeks, I’m left alone in the boring suburbs (sorry, Orange County) with a list of summer internship applications to complete and a lot of Netflix to watch. I’m not complaining about the long winter break, but it only makes me more anxious to return to Oxy for the spring semester.

In between my summer internship applications, I enjoy taking the occasional Netflix break (or two…). This winter break, I am currently watching the amazing, American political drama called ...

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January 12, 2016

Blogger: Emily Henderson

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m looking forward to all the adventures this year has in store, but it’s going to be hard to beat the way 2015 ended for me. That’s because this December, after classes ended, I was lucky enough to get to take a week-long trip to Japan as a member of Oxy’s delegation for the Kakehashi Project. The Kakehashi Project (which translates to "bridge") is a program designed to give foreign students a chance to learn about and experience Japanese culture in order to build connections (or bridges) between Japan and other nations. This year Oxy was one of the schools selected to participate so 23 Oxy students got to be a part of this wonderful program.

Now that you’ve got some background, I want to talk...

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January 6, 2016

Blogger: Katherine Kim

As my first semester of college at Oxy comes to a close, I cannot help but to reflect on all that has transpired in the last four months. In the last four months I have moved to live in a new place, become a college athlete, met new people, taken challenging classes, completed my first semester of college, and raced against time to spend enough meal plan money before the semester was over to make it under the allowed rollover amount. While these are all things I am proud of, what I have really grown to admire is the Occidental College student body.

Most of you may be aware that Oxy students held a protest to support diversity on campus. It started as a stand in solidarity with students at Mizzou, but it grew into something much more. Occidental College students decided...

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January 2, 2016

Blogger: Allen Chen

A winter break job is a great way to make money and stay productive. Employers will start sending emails to the root (Oxy’s email system) starting around November, so be on the look-out. For the most part, you need work study in order to secure a job.

Since I’m a local student, I can commute to work, but if not, you’ll have to reserve a spot in Newcomb Hall to live on campus over break. For 2015-2016, Winter Housing was $750, but there is a sponsorship process where you pay much less if you are an authorized driver for your respective job. My coworker got a sponsorship and is living in Newcomb Hall. An awesome incentive to working, besides money, productivity, and experience, is that we...

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December 26, 2015

Blogger: Natalie de Benedetti

Land-locked and flat, Oklahoma City greatly differs from the coastal, hilly city of San Francisco. As a detour on his way home from Oxy to Oklahoma City for winter break, my friend Anoop came to visit San Francisco. Because it was his first time in the city, my other Oxy friends from San Francisco and I decided to show him traditional landmarks and views.

Our first stop was Twin Peaks, the always freezing and windy outlook over almost all of San Francisco, ranging from the Bay Bridge to the east, to the Golden Gate Bridge to the north. We were able to point out to Anoop many of the large landmarks of the city including Coit Tower, both bridges, Market Street, the Transamerica Pyramid and Golden Gate Park....

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December 14, 2015

Blogger: Darby Pak

When I was first read about “Sociology 101” I thought it would be pretty okay. I didn’t check what CORE requirements it would knock out (hint hint - US Diversity). It just looked interesting and I had (and still have) no idea what I want to major in, and since I got an early slot for registration I signed up for the Sociology class with Professor Potts. Going into the class, my expectations were neutral. I thought it would be interesting at best, and boring at worst, but either way I would just have to do well in the class and take note whether or not it was not the major path for me. Oh how wrong I was!

Now, most of the class is taught through slides that Prof. Potts puts together. That sounds boring, right? Just some guy standing and reading off of slides. But Prof. Potts made the material interesting and engaged us. I never dozed off in class and I’m a sleepy person. Terribly sleepy, actually, but...

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December 9, 2015

Blogger: Emily Henderson

The semester is coming to a close here at Oxy; students cramming are for finals, finishing up final projects and looking forward to winter break. As things wind down, I can’t help be do a little reminiscing about what a crazy but fun semester it’s been. I tried a lot of new things this semester, some more trivial, like having In-N-Out for the first time, and some more significant. Although I definitely have some friends who would argue your first In-N-Out burger is a pretty important experience, but I digress.

I took two classes this semester that were totally new subjects for me, Painting and Journalism. One of the great things about Oxy (and a lot of liberal arts colleges for that matter) is that students are required to take classes in a lot of different...

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December 7, 2015

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

Hej fra København (that means “Hi from Copenhagen”—look at all of the Danish I’ve learned while being abroad)! This past semester, I have lived 5,590 miles away from everything and (almost) everyone I know. Quite honestly, this new environment was pretty intimidating at first as I was exposed to a new place, a different culture, and unfamiliar people. Luckily, I have had some familiar Oxy faces to help me adjust to this new environment and gain the most out of my abroad experience.

The first familiar face abroad was my friend Claudia. Claudia and I are both studying abroad in Copenhagen this semester, with about ten other Oxy students. Throughout the semester, we have met up for lunch in between classes to catch up, to vent, and just to enjoy a...

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December 5, 2015

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Last year around Thanksgiving I wrote a post titled ‘8 Reasons I’m Thankful For Oxy.’ I decided to write a sequel to this post, as it is a full year later and I find new reasons to love this school every day. Also because I lost count of blog posts I made around #20 and I am running out of ideas at this point. But pretend you didn’t hear that part.

1. Marketplace Cashiers. Thank you for checking my balance every week, even though we both know I didn’t spend more than $5, and...

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December 4, 2015

Blogger: Jazzy Lee

The aforementioned title, “Finals Survival Guide”, is a smidge misleading because finals devour your entirety: masticating you slowly only to casually spit you up on the banks of the AGC in that no-man’s-land between Fowler and Johnson at 3:57 AM as you struggle to remember where you live and what the passcode to your room is. Nonetheless, here are 12 steps to survive this recurring and devastating event in your undergrad experience.

  1. Denial and Avoidance. Just like any other grieving process, you know you are about to lose your mind and act accordingly. You eschew your academic and career goals to loaf around in a pair of fuzzy socks lamenting the perfection of Kerry Washington’s face instead of facing up to...

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