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April 22, 2014

Blogger: Claudia Dumpson

Hey everyone! 

As my sophomore year comes to an end, I’ve started reflecting and reminiscing a lot on the past two years (I’m not emotionally prepared to be halfway done with college, but that’s another topic altogether). My experience at Oxy has been nothing but great, but I realized that there are some things that I wish I knew before coming to college. Despite much wise advice and an embarrassing amount of time on College Prowler, I wasn’t totally prepared. 

So, here are 5 things I wish I knew.

1. Friends - The fear of not having friends in college was one of my main anxieties. Thankfully, I found a great group of friends pretty fast.  But if you don’t find your friends for a couple weeks, or even for a couple...

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April 21, 2014

Blogger: Laurel Cox

I can’t believe it’s already that time of year again. There are only a couple of weeks left in the semester, and for me only a couple of weeks left to be an undergrad. It is so strange and surreal; I’ve been a student for the past 17 years, and now all of a sudden I won’t be one anymore. Everything I do has a bittersweet tinge to it as a series of “lasts” unfold before me. My last Dance Production, my last MOFA, my last SpringFest. Rather than be sad about everything ending, though, I’m trying to be in the moment and focus on how much I’ve enjoyed my time here. Dance Pro ended a couple of weeks ago; I’ve participated every year (except the semester I was abroad), so when it ended, it really hit home that yes, I actually am graduating. At the end of...

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April 21, 2014

Blogger: Daphne Auza

Hi everyone! In case, you missed my last blog post, I’m currently studying abroad in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is finally spring here, although according to Dutch locals this past winter was actually unusually warm. It’s been really nice to enjoy some sun while biking through the city. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how often I’ll be going outside this week because I’m actually feeling pretty sick… but for reasons that make it totally worth it.

This past weekend, the program I’m studying with (CIEE) tookof us on a weekend excursion to the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog. I guess this congestion/sore throat is the product of running around in strong winds, biking in the cold, and living in close quarters with around 30 other people....

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April 21, 2014

Blogger: Daphne Auza

Hi everyone! In case, you missed my last blog post, I’m currently studying abroad in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is finally spring here, although according to Dutch locals this past winter was actually unusually warm. It’s been really nice to enjoy some sun while biking through the city. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how often I’ll be going outside this week because I’m actually feeling pretty sick… but for reasons that make it totally worth it.

This past weekend, the program I’m studying with (CIEE) tookof us on a weekend excursion to the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog. I guess this congestion/sore throat is the product of running around in strong winds, biking in the cold, and living in close quarters with around 30 other people....

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April 18, 2014

Blogger: Jeremy Childs

Today will mark my third year volunteering for Admitted Student Day at Occidental. As a veteran of the event, I’d like to share a few things that I hope will help you navigate this crazy, awesome, busy day–so without further ado, here are my top five tips for making the most of your ‘Experience Oxy!’ visit:

1.) Talk to as many students as possible. This is not a day to be shy. You will be interacting with people who could very well be your future classmates, so it’s important to make sure you enjoy being around them. Talk to the people here whenever you get the chance: in the classes you visit, on the quad, during lunch, etc. Most students here really enjoy talking to prospective students about the school and would love to have a conversation with...

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April 17, 2014

Blogger: Matt Cecconi

What’s up guys! It has been a little while since I last blogged and man has a lot happened. We are officially less than one month away from finishing another school year.  That is so incredible! It also hasn’t helped that I have been going nonstop since the end of Spring Break. I have been packing in everything I can, trying to finish out this year strong.

Anyway, as I said in the title, April really is my favorite time of year. The sun is up later in the day, it is warm every day, and so much more. One of my favorite things about April is that all of the prospective students are visiting campus. There is just a buzz on campus starting early this month as more and more students visit. Personally, I love meeting new people so I love being able to interact with all of the...

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April 14, 2014

Blogger: Columbia Shafer

I’ve come to the realization that being abroad for a semester is sort of like being a first year in college again. I’m at a new school, making new friends and adjusting to new social norms. I first noticed this most clearly during my first few days of classes at the University of Otago; I had no idea where I was going or how to get there and I was loving it. I had the challenge all over again of navigating a new campus trying to find my way through mazes of buildings in time for a new class. The comparison doesn’t stop there - I also have the same sense of excitement and enthusiasm again. Every little thing, even getting lost on the way to class, is an adventure. 
 
One of the best pieces of advice I have ever gotten was from my high school college counselor. His advice was...
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April 10, 2014

Blogger: Everest Law

Hello again, people! My last blog post was completed JUST before I went on a "Semester Abroad" program to Russia. (Here's the link to that post). Now that two-thirds of the semester has passed, it seems to be an appropriate time to have another entry up here. It is hard to summarize the whole experience without boring anyone to death, so instead I will present you with a list of memorable moments.

And no - I don't know much about the Winter Olympics. St. Petersburg is hundreds of miles north of Sochi.

1. Traveling across 5 time zones and back ... while remaining in the same country. The first week of April is...

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April 9, 2014

Blogger: Annie Marroquin

Hey y’all, I am Annie Marroquin, a sophomore Politics major and Urban & Environmental Policy minor. I am a part of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., an Overnight Coordinator for the Office of Admission, and next year’s Co-Director for More MOSTE.

Last Tuesday, I had the amazing opportunity to be in the presence of my role model, Dolores Huerta. I listened to hear speak about the importance of community organizing, the power of the people and the empowerment of women. She mentioned how the United States is #70 in the world in women representation within legislation and that women need to pull themselves out of the mindset (that society has created) that we are weak or that someone else is going to take care of us. She also discussed campaign reform and to use...

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April 6, 2014

Blogger: Kristin Feinberg

Hello future tigers and tigers alike!

Happy Spring!  It has been a hectic semester so far. Here are some things that I've been up to.

Lacrosse: This is definitely the thing I blog about most. We are about halfway through our season at this point and are currently 6-1. We went 5-0 in the SCIAC first round, and are working on finishing our out of conference play. This week we face opponents North Central (Illinois), Pacific (Oregon), and Colorado College. 

Delta: As co-social chair of Delta Omicron Tau, I have helped plan many social events throughout the semester. It has been a blast working with the other social chairs, as well as with our venue and photographer for our Semi-Formal. Additionally, Delta is...

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