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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...

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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...

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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...

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August 8, 2013

Blogger: Amber Thai

I’m trying to sleep in a little more but always manage to wake up around 6-7 a.m. every day. I guess my body is used to my routine at school where I didn’t really sleep in much, plus I’m a light sleeper and like to start my day early. Waking up early has been nice though, because I get to fit in some stretching and a workout before work (I get lazy often so the workout happens after work usually, haha). Drinking iced coffee instead of water has been a habit that I’ve developed especially since it’s been so hot and is nice to have while I’m working on projects at my internship. These projects have been fun because I’ve been learning a lot more about my own health and diet, as well as helping me build work skills. 
My friend and I discussed on Saturday how...
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August 5, 2013

Blogger: Kristin Feinberg

Hello! Sorry I haven't blogged in quite a while, spring semester was super busy for me! But now that we're already into our last month of summer here's a little recap of what I've done with my months back east!
My summer started with an internship at American Media Inc. I interned in New York City and worked directly with the editor-in-chief of Star Magazine. I spent most of my time in the office writing for their website and running errands around the Wall Street district where their building was located. I became very familiar with all the gossip sights and how to use social media to complete a story. Basically I kept up with the Kardashians and all of Amanda Bynes' latest tweets. I also assisted with finding stories for weekly sections of the printed magazine,...
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July 29, 2013

Blogger: Evan Thomas

When my high school self imagined college summers, the scenarios often took place in Los Angeles--but they didn’t involve me sitting in a room amongst distinguished researchers and theorists of science education from colleges and universities across the country. Even if I had imagined such a scenario, I wouldn’t have guessed these professors would bother to ask me to introduce myself and speak about my research findings. Don’t scholars have plenty to discuss amongst themselves, and have neither time nor need to hear from undergraduates? But to my surprise, Oxy provided me with this experience, as I’ll discuss below. 
I’ll keep my personal introduction short so I can discuss what incoming freshmen and prospective students actually want to know about: the...
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July 25, 2013

Blogger: Abby Chin-Martin

This summer began with my friend Miriam flying to Seattle all the way from Vermont. From there, we packed up an entire 16-foot Uhaul with furniture, kitchen stuff, a bike, a potted plant, and lots of road trip snacks. We left early in the morning, spent the night in Sacramento, and safely arrived in LA at our new house the early afternoon of the following day. It was such a fun adventure! 
Now, I’ve spent one summer in LA before. It was overwhelming and new, I was subletting in a house with no furniture, I was borrowing someone’s car…it was a fun learning experience. This summer, I felt prepared. We were moving into our new place, I had my own car, I had an internship at Live Nation I was really looking forward to, and this...
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July 19, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

Happy summer, everyone! I write to you from my home country, Taiwan, where I will be spending the rest of my summer. While Taiwan is certainly an awesome place to be, things can get old, especially when spending more than two months here. So, I've decided to use my time here volunteering as well as planning and leading some local summer camps.

I am currently volunteering at a specialized school for blind students. In addition to being visually impaired, 80 percent of the students also suffer from various mental and health issues such as Autism, and most are slow in learning. Many children enter the school without even knowing how to walk or go to the bathroom on their own. As a result, rather than teaching common school subjects such as math, history, Chinese, etc, I've been...
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July 3, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

So far, summer has taught me three things:

  1. If you go to bed past 3 AM, it’s impossible to sleep less than 12 hours.
  2. Spending enough time on the Internet could lead you to meeting Andy Samberg.
  3. You’ll find me wearing something other than sweats, getting bored of my cat, and enjoying Big Bang Theory before I’m ever employed.

My best friend and I volunteer at a preschool every summer. While I look forward to these four weeks above all else during the year, I’m (almost) nineteen years old and this is nowhere near a real job. While awaiting my friends to return from their respective colleges, I was productive, (or at least as productive as I can get when I don’t have plans for a month) reading three books and writing an article for...

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June 28, 2013

Blogger: Becca Patch

When I decided to stay at Oxy to work this summer, my first thought was what am I going to do with all my free time? I’m used to rushing from activity to activity, both at school and at home with my regular summer job at a local theater group. Working regular business hours all summer was going to present me with a new challenge: what to do after 5pm? What to do all weekend? Weren’t weekends created for homework?

I’m kidding about that last one. But it is true that it can be easy during the academic year to fall into a pattern of constantly stressing over work and homework (often because you’ve procrastinated a little too long).

So welcome to the summer of exploration! My friends and I have put together a summer bucket list of places we want to go,...

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