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July 21, 2015

Blogger: Claudia Chow

Hey friends!
When I started at Oxy, I had thought of going to law school, but it was not a priority. Since then, Oxy has given me numerous opportunities to learn more about law as a potential career. I joined the Occidental Law Association (OLA) my sophomore year, and it has been a great space for students who are interested in applying to law school. Joining the club allowed me to talk with upperclassmen about what classes to take (Formal Logic in the Philosophy department will help with the LSAT!) and which professors to talk to. I was the co-president of the club this past year, with my friend Amanda. 
I started an internship...
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July 20, 2015

Blogger: Ashkan Mortazavi

I’m sure you’ve heard of those cliche stories in which an elevator pitch at some speed networking event lands someone a job or internship that they otherwise would have never found. You hear or read about those stories and think, “that will never happen to me!” but all the while dream and hope that it does. Well, I became one of those stories.
In late March, I attended one of the Career Development Center’s Speed Networking events at which I met an Oxy Alumnus by the name of Jody Yoxsimer. Jody and I had a nice chat and she asked me for my resume, which I happened to bring with me. The funny part is because I had a meeting that ran over the event, I could only stay for a mere ten minutes and met only a...
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July 14, 2015

Blogger: Miranda Roethler

I am suspended in a giant, blue paint can. Or at least it feels that way.

“This is incredible,” I say, but all that comes out is a burst of bubbles that lazily make their way to the glimmering surface, some 65 feet above my head. I glance around at the four other scuba divers that surround me. We are all in awe, excitedly making various hand gestures to each other, though as of yet none of us have learned a hand signal for “totally cool!!!”

For the past two weeks, I have been taking a scientific diving course offered through the Southern California Marine Institute with two other Oxy students. We took this course so that we could dive with the Vantuna Research Group (VRG), the research group we...

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July 13, 2015

Blogger: Will Huang

Talking about myself is my second most favorite activity, so when Admissions contacted me to write about my summer, I didn't hesitate.

Where do I start? I recently got back from an all-expenses-paid vacation (or as we're calling it, a “conference”) from Chicago, where I spent four days doing touristy things with four other Oxy students. It was a journey of many firsts for me--first visit to Chicago, first limo ride, first Dodgers game (we won!), first deep-dish pizza, and much more. We were able to make it out to attractions from a cruise on Lake Michigan to art museums and planetariums to even a 95th floor bar! It was an absolute blast and we're very grateful to the Economics department for making it all possible.


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July 8, 2015

Blogger: Kathleen McKenzie

Hello! I am researching the ethics of the use of prescription stimulants by healthy college students for cognitive enhancement with the guidance of my two mentors, Professor Clair Morrissey of the Philosophy Department and Professor Diana Linden of the Cognitive Science Department. Students interested in conducting research over the summer at Oxy submit a research proposal (often written with the help of their faculty mentors) in the spring semester. After submitting my proposal this past spring semester, I was one of the lucky students whose project was chosen for this summer.

My topic is full of ear-catching, buzz words, and it evokes the best expressions and reactions from people during casual...

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July 6, 2015

Blogger: Julius DiLorenzo

Ode—to a Summer at Oxy!

A blog post one might call unorthodoxy.

With warm weather and a cloudless blue sky,

summers at Oxy are the best—here are a few reasons why:


Independent research, internships in LA,

on-campus jobs, an all-you-can-eat buffet.

I’m studying literature, my friend is analyzing Dark Matter

it makes for great small-talk and light party banter.


We live off campus

in a house...

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May 18, 2015

Blogger: Soraya Sebghati

Packing up to leave my dorm room is always difficult. I mean this purely in the literal sense…how did I accumulate so much useless stuff? Over the course of the school year I end up holding onto so many useless things that I think will be important, like old champagne corks, In N Out receipts, Paul Blart-themed birthday cards (thanks Maddy), and hundreds of pages of rough drafts (I’m definitely keeping the Paul Blart card, don’t worry). I always leave my room to pack my car looking like a bag lady, holding big shopping backs full of random pieces of paper in one hand and my faux fur coats in the other.

But as difficult as all the sifting through my drawers can be, it’s also just as pleasant. Every random item reminds me of a fun...

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May 18, 2015

Blogger: Kate Coursey

Two nights ago, I finished my last undergraduate final paper. I was sitting in the lab at midnight, going through all the data from my independent research this semester, compiling the figures for a lab report. It’s fitting that my last final would be a research paper—before I came to Oxy, I never would’ve imagined that I would study science.

I transferred to Oxy two years ago, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I have learned so much about myself since arriving at this school. In talking to other graduating seniors from the Class of 2015, I’ve noticed a collective sense of nostalgia and ambivalence about our futures.

It is sad, in some ways, to think of how easily the spaces we occupied will be filled by new...

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May 7, 2015

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Happy Finals, my beautiful rays of sunshine amidst this dark and dreary week! In an attempt to finish (who am I kidding…start) my research paper, I decided to write this blog post. Now here I am, stressed about writing something worth reading. In other words, right back to square one. I’m in a constant state of stress these days, but it’s not always bad stress. Usually it’s normal, “too-busy-for-my-own-good,” stress. Like where I have so much to do that I forget about little things like doing my laundry or buying a Mother’s Day card. (Mom, don’t read that last line… I’ll pull it together by Sunday.) But now it’s actual, “get-your-work-done-you-horrible-procrastinator,” stress. One day...

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May 4, 2015

Blogger: Columbia Shafer

With my last week of college looming, I’m becoming nostalgic for the beginning. Four years ago I received a very good piece of advice from my college counselor before leaving for Oxy where he told me to say yes to all of the new opportunities I would be presented with during my first month of college. I’ve already waxed poetic on what good advice this is in a past blog post, but today I want to say thank you to Oxy for all the amazing things I have been able to say yes to.

During involvement fair my freshman year (and every year afterward), I have joined an inordinate amount of clubs and subsequently tried a whole bunch of new activities. I’ve tried to learn how to fence and how to tango, I’ve volunteered at local schools and...

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