Campus Conversations

Student Voices

Considering Oxy? Check out what our students have to say...

October 10, 2013

Blogger: Ashley Wilson

Hi, my name is Ashley Wilson. I'm from San Francisco, CA and a sophomore at Oxy. 

When I was applying to Oxy as a senior in high school, I went from wanting to go to college on the east coast to staying on the west coast...and back again. So Oxy was really the last place I was originally considering for attending for college. Turns out that it was one of the best choices of my life. I'm only a short plane flight or a fun (relatively short) road trip away from home. This became especially important for me as I get easily homesick if I'm away from home for extended periods of time. Because I live so close, my mom can visit me and I can go home fast if there's an emergency. 

I've realized, looking back at my experience so far at Oxy, it's been a relatively positive one. I'...

Read More

October 10, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Gilliland


On average, I would guess that someone says something along the lines of “enjoy it while you can, the real world sucks” or “don’t graduate!” to me two to three times a week. It has gotten to the point where I just want to shake them and remind them that I have no control over time, and that not graduating isn’t really financially an option, so it seems I am headed down a path of inevitable graduating!

Because of this, I have decided that this year, my final year of college, is going to be the year where I make sure to finish off my imaginary “college bucket list” that I unofficially made before I came to college. This list is based off of the advice my parents have repeatedly given me to try new things in college, to take...

Read More

October 7, 2013

Blogger: Jeremy Childs


September has come and passed, and that means the school year is in full swing. Along with the four upper-division classes I’m in this semester, I’ve been kept quite busy thanks to a wide array of extracurricular activities.

The month began with me taking part in one of Oxy’s finest traditions: getting thrown in the Gilman Fountain on my birthday. My friends were kind enough to give me cupcakes after my plunge, but they unfortunately forgot to bring a towel with them! Here’s a photo of me taken immediately after I was thrown in, clothes and all, in the wee hours of my birthday.

September also marked my re-entry into all the on-campus activities I’ve joined over the past two years. This semester, I’m the Vice President of Spoken Word Club, an organization that...

Read More

October 3, 2013

Blogger: Julius DiLorenzo


My name is Julius, and I’m a sophomore at Oxy from Chicago.

I came into college and, kind of on a whim, decided to try the pre-med track. It took about three weeks to realize that there are probably more apt people than I to be doctors, but I still had a lot of fun telling people I was pre-med for a month. Since then, I’ve decided to take courses that sound genuinely interesting, and see where that takes me (the benefits of a liberal arts school). There’s been some magical realism, Los Angeles History, and European political thought--all leading me to think I’ll be a politics major, but I still have the rest of sophomore year to declare.

I also became an RA (Resident Advisor) this year, and it’s been a lot of fun and not like being an RA on...

Read More

September 30, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas


First blog post of the semester and I can’t quite tell whether I’m drawing a blank because I have nothing to say or because I have too much. Judging by the excess of pillows on my bed, I’m going to go with the latter.

Sophomore year is intimidating. Maybe it’s because I have yet to believe in the fact that I’m choosing the right major. Maybe it’s because I now have a paying job. Maybe it’s because a poster of Stephen Colbert is taped to the wall across from my bed and he stares at me as I drift off to sleep every night. Maybe it’s because I’ve become aware of the structure I use for every single one of my blog posts and now I’m self-conscious of my writing. I wish I could give you a real reason for my concern, but for now let’s just blame...

Read More

September 27, 2013

Blogger: Everest Law


Hello again everyone! Time flies like a speeding arrow, and here we are at the fourth week of school already. For me, this semester is a mixture of excitement and worry. On one hand, I have been accepted to the CIEE Study Abroad program to St. Petersburg, Russia! I am leaving for the motherland next semester, and thus fulfilling my growing wanderlust – for now. It may seem a little overreaching for an international student like me (I’m from Hong Kong, China) to “double” Study Abroad, but no matter. The world is one big garden waiting to be explored, and I’m determined to see as much of it as possible before I become responsible and work a full-time job. As they say in Russian: eat while your mouth is fresh (ешь пока рот свеж)!


Read More

September 19, 2013

Blogger: Becca Patch


Hello Avid Readers!

This week, two things became clear: 1) that I can no longer pretend that it’s summer, and 2) that I am officially a senior. Senior year started at running pace when I returned to campus almost a month ago to assist in planning and implementing first-year Orientation.

As a member of Orientation Core, I helped train Orientation Team leaders and plan various events for all new students to enjoy! My friend Kristen and I were responsible for planning a Student Services game show for the first day of Orientation, as well as coordinating skits for our mandatory session on Alcohol & Other Drugs.

Being a part of O-Core made me feel so energized to get back in the swing of campus life—with...

Read More

September 16, 2013

Blogger: Laurel Cox


Hey ya’ll! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged (sorry). I was in Japan last semester, and I tried to keep a regular blog, but I was just too busy doing things to write about them. Now that school is back in session, there are two things I can’t believe (actually, there are many, but we’ll focus on two):

1. I am back in the United States. What?

Reverse culture shock is a thing, and it’s a thing I have been experiencing since my return from the land of the rising sun. What is reverse culture shock, you say? As far as I can tell, it’s a little different for everyone, but for me, it entails several things. I am basically over this now, but when I first got back, it was strange for me to hear English everywhere I went. While...

Read More

September 8, 2013

Blogger: Abby Chin-Martin


School is back in session! A week and a half has already flown by, and I have a feeling this next month – even semester – will be over before I know it. This semester, though, I’m trying to take time to enjoy my last fall semester here at Oxy. I already experienced my last first day of school, and my last birthday in college is approaching. Before I know it, I’ll be experiencing my last Toga, my last final exams, and my last Spring Fest (among other things). It’s a pretty exciting time!

As a freshman, I had this idea that by the time I was a senior I would know almost everyone at Oxy. I thought, “The school isn’t that big! After four years I’ll be saying hi to everyone I walk by!” This idea was obviously flawed. Classes graduate every year, and new...

Read More

August 29, 2013

Blogger: Kyle Beasley


I know that it is been a while since I have last posted on here, so let me attempt to update everyone with a few highlights of the last few months. This summer I was at Oxy participating in the 2013 Summer Affordable Housing Internship Program. I spent 10 weeks working full-time at the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) on the SB391: California Homes & Jobs Act campaign. Prior to participating in the internship, I didn’t have an extensive knowledge about affordable housing and the desperate need for the resource not only in Los Angeles, but all across the state and even the country. SB391 would generate a new funding source that developers could tap into in order for the production of new affordable housing projects. Additionally, thousands of jobs would be sustained and...

Read More