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April 25, 2014

Blogger: Martin Pittman

Last weekend was our first admitted students weekend together with our Multicultural visit program. I now find myself realizing how busy the months of April is. This is shocking because it makes me aware of how little school we have left. There is only about 2 weeks of school left.   This is both a frightening and amazing realization. This year seems to have dragged on so long, but now realizing how little time is left it feels like it has really flown by. I have to say I was able to do a lot of fun things in LA this semester like going to Little Tokyo to see the Japanese American National Museum, going with my sister to Disneyland for the first time, and getting to enjoy a rugby spring break staycation on campus. It seems like not so long ago I was...

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April 25, 2014

Blogger: Enriqe Aguilar 

Hey guys! I’m back for another blog post, and this time I thought of doing something different. Finals are approaching, and you know what that means? Time to start studying. Actually, if you are one of those students who plans ahead of time, you probably have already started studying. Now, for those of us procrastinators who wait until the very last minute to get our studying done, stress is probably going to kick in within the next couple of days. So, instead of my usual life rants, I thought, “why not do a list of do’s and don’ts for studying for finals?” Here I go.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert. These are just MY suggestions.

DO:

  • Look over your notes. Don’t ignore them. I mean, you wrote...
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April 24, 2014

Blogger: Claire Marsden

Hi everyone! I’m back! Last time we talked I was stressing out hardcore about my senior comps, which I’d been working on since last November. But as of Friday, I’m done! And despite all the whining and groaning, it feels great. Holding my 47-page magnum opus after getting it bound at the campus Copy Center was surreal. It’s awesome and gratifying to see four years of your college education culminate in one project – but I have to say I’m glad it’s over!

Finishing comps is one of the last steps taken in the senior year trek to graduation. It’s happening in about a month now, and denial is no longer a viable strategy. I’ve been spending a lot of time reminiscing about the past four years and feeling nostalgic for my...

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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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