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January 29, 2012

The Friday right before returning to campus I ended up going to the Los Angeles Clippers game with a few friends from work. Although I call myself a Los Angeles Lakers fan, it was really a good time (up until the end when Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, hit the game winning jumper). I am a fan of basketball nonetheless so I had a great time regardless. I got back to campus last weekend. It was great seeing all the people who live in my dorm again and catching up with all my friends about how their break went. There are also quite a bit of new faces on campus because of the new transfers and the students returning from studying abroad. Surprisingly after being back for a few days, it’s pretty easy to get back in the swing of things and readjust from the “home life.” The first week of classes was pretty good. I only have classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. My earliest class is 11:30. This schedule works better for...

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January 27, 2012

hola alumnos! im currently studying abroad in granada, spain. its only been four days, but we (all the students studying here) are getting acclimated quickly. the biggest change is the daily schedule and the evening social scene. USA: morning--8:00am-11:30am afternoon--11:30am-4:00pm evening--4:00pm-9:00pm Granada:morning--9:30am-3:00pm afternoon--3:00pm-8:00pm evening--8:00pm-? its taking a bit of patience and siestas, but its a relaxing lifestyle. here are photos, enjoy.   [gallery order="DESC" columns="2" orderby="rand"]

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January 26, 2012

Like going on vacation and missing your beloved pet, I've missed having the opportunity to use my college issued ID card. You might be saying to yourself, gee that's a strange analogy, but let me enlighten you.

  • My ID card has provided me with years of satisfaction
  • Whenever it has been misplaced, I've frantically gone searching for it
  • And it always seems to find its way back home
  • It faithfully follows me wherever there's food

Now that I'm back on campus after a semester abroad, I get the chance to use it again. Not only has it literally opened doors for me but my ID card has followed me for my entire college career thus far. Oh, if plastic RFID cards could talk this...

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January 24, 2012

Softball: So I got here last Sunday, January 15th, and I was literally the only one in my dorm - I even beat the RAs!!! It was honestly a little bit creepy but I wasn't in my room much anyway because I was at softball practice! We had two a day practices all week - one in the morning, which was focused on defense, and one in the afternoon which, as you may have guessed, was focused on offense. Practices are really intense this year because we only have 12 girls, so there's basically one player per position with only 3 substitutes! Our season starts really soon - our first two games are like February 7th, I'm kinda scared! hah but it will be fun =) Classes: This semester I'm focusing entirely on my major and minor, Psychology and Economics respectively. For my econ minor I'm Calculus 110 (Intro) and Economic Development which seems really interesting. For my psych major I'm taking Health Psychology which I'm pretty excited...

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January 24, 2012

So as those of you who read my blog and take note of my postings realize, I am pretty bad at doing this regularly.  I was planning to write one great post about Christmas in France and coming back to the US, one about being home for break, and one about coming back to school.  And I'm already back at school!!!  How did that happen, and where the heck did the time go? After my program ended on the 21st of December (rather late, but I didn't start until a week into September), I went to Strasbourg, a city right on the border with Germany and renowned for its Christmas markets.  I spent a few days there, enjoying the famous astronomical clock in the cathedral, drinking the traditional hot wine, and doing a little last-minute shopping for the holidays. ...

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January 24, 2012

Hi Everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful winterbreak/holiday. As some of you may have heard, Seattle had a huge snowstorm this break. We got about 6 inches. Now before anyone from Anchorage or Boston scoffs, 6 inches of snow is a HUGE deal in Seattle. Us Seattleites don't know how to prepare for or function in snow. I think Washington state may have two snow plows. Seattle also has seven major hills. The woman in the video below is reporting from Queen Anne Hill, one of the best sledding hills in Seattle. I thought this was funny the first time I saw it live on the news. And next thing I know, it's on The Daily What! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jmei9yWxhyM Seattleites are probably some of the worst snow drivers, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6zlkP8thkk Seattle has the second highest percent of bike commuters in the US, though! (Second to Portland - please refer to Portlandia to learn more about the...

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January 16, 2012

My goodness, it's been a while. Winter break is almost over! Although I want more time to sleep and listen to music and watch movies, I am really excited to be coming back to Oxy for the Spring Semester. My class schedule for next semester is great - I have no morning classes so late nights will be a little easier to endure knowing that my day starts a little later than it did last semester. These are my classes: MWF 12:30 - 1:25 PM - Urban Fictions: The Modern City in Literature and Other Arts MWF 2:30 - 3:25 PM - Beginning French II MWF 3:30 - 4:25 PM - Statistics 146 TR 5:00 - 6:30 PM - Stupidity 180 R 1:30 - 2:55 PM - Statistics Lab I'm psyched especially for Stupidity and Urban Fictions because I'm sure Stupidity will challenge me mentally and Urban Fictions will involve a lot of media work. It was really great to get these 5 weeks to visit my family and friends in Singapore. Most of my friends go to college in the States, so they...

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January 16, 2012

Winter in Seattle has been mild and un-snowy, until today! Not that snow here is impressive in any way, but it's pretty.

Actually from the 2009 snow storm but, the sentiment is fitting.

Snow in Seattle means everyone's driving 200% slower than usual, which can be frustrating, but it also means you see cars covered in varying depths of snow, which encourages me to guess where they came from. My neighborhood is surrounded on three sides by water so, we only got a few centimeters of snow and a dusting of hail on top of that, but some of the cars I saw while my dad and I were buying closet-storage supplies had snow four inches or so thick!... Read More

January 14, 2012

Hi everybody! I apologize for not having posted at all this winter break. However, you don't know this, but you are actually thanking me, because had I posted it would have gone something like: work work work sleep work work sleep work sleep sleep work... etc. Very boring. I spent this break as I spend most breaks: waitressing. It's actually pretty fun and definitely good money, but the long hours on your feet get VERY long when working 40 hours a week. Other than my job, I spent a lot of time shopping and Netflixing and getting coffee with girlfriends. Things I've picked up this break include a few OPI nail polishes (is anybody surprised... no) and this monster of a chair (literally, it's called the Monster Butterfly chair): My roommate is pretty excited. We had this gorgeous sunset in Seattle last night. I didn't manage to take a picture because I...

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January 13, 2012

Well, I've returned from Cape Town. It was INCREDIBLE. The only problem is that when my friends ask me how it was, I really don't know how to formulate a semi-coherent response. It's so difficult to condense five months of experience without rambling about my host family for twenty minutes, or my trip to Turkey and my SURPRISE overnight layover in Amsterdam (where I was able to meet up with one of my best friends, another Oxy student abroad for the semester, and crash at her Dutch apartment for the night!). Or I could talk about the oh-so-wonderful minibuses of Cape Town.

The classic CPT minibus - sometimes...

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