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January 5, 2012

Over the last few weeks of the semester I did what any college student does; went to the LACMA with my grandpa, went out to dinner with my friends, and, oh yeah, took some (2, Muah-hah-hah lit/history majors are da best) tests. I got home Friday night, went shopping with my family Saturday, then on Sunday started rehearsing for the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

In this (annual) unprecedented Compleat Works show, we were the first of our company to attempt an all-female cast. I had a great time, and got to act with some of my favorite...

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December 22, 2011

if you have the fortune of spending a winter in southern california, you can still do the fun activities of a colder climate region.  places like snow valley, snow summit, big bear, mammoth, mountain high, and mount baldy are great to snowboard, ski, and tube.  winter is terrific for snow, and summer allows the trails and lakes to thaw. i went snowboarding in snow valley, california yesterday for the first time.  enjoy :)

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December 19, 2011

Hi There! I just want to apologize in advance for how short this post is going to be, I am just about to leave for a 14 hour flight to New Zealand!!! Yep, that's right folks - this break my family is going to Australia and New Zealand for three weeks!!! I'm crazy excited, no one in my family has ever been to either of these places and we really don't know what to expect, except that I know it will be awesomeee. It was really hard to get through finals this year because I knew that I had this trip ahead of me and I just wanted to speed up time to get here! But now that I'm done with finals all I can think about is what I got for question 8 on that econ final (but actually...) I've also been getting realllllly excited for the classes I'm taking next semester! For the first time ever I'll have a class with one of my best friends and I am so pumped to have someone to sit next to and study with all semester!!! I am also excited...

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December 15, 2011

Hi everybody! First off, big congrats to Oxy's ED class of 2016! Hooray! I went ahead and introduced myself on your official Facebook page, but here I am again. So two days before finals began, I caught the worst cold ever. I was a grouchy, sniffly mess, and I holed up in my dorm room so library-dwellers wouldn't kill me. Studying is seriously awful when you are THAT. SICK. But finals come regardless of how sick and unhappy you are, and I managed to get through them okay. I definitely ate over the recommended number of cough drops you're supposed to eat in a day, though. Whoops. My roommate and I are driving back home this year, and we take off in about 24 hours. Being the organized and efficient student that I am, I... haven't started packing at all. Instead, I've been too busy getting froyo with besties and dealing with...

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December 9, 2011

Hello all! In the midst of studying for finals and writing final papers I haven't been too active on the site, so I thought I'd share some thoughts on what's been happening in the last few weeks, and what's coming up in the next couple. Thanksgiving break was an awesome reprieve from the hectic nature of school and all the work, and I got to visit my aunt and uncle in Arizona by taking a road trip with a couple of friends from Oxy and one from Chapman University! The drive to Arizona was a lot of fun, and I got to know my friends a lot more as a result. It took us about 6 hours to drive into Arizona, not counting a couple of food and gas stops. A side note: I was astonished as to how much cheaper gas is in the US than it is in Singapore - you learn something new every day! The stay in Arizona was awesome, as I got to hang out with the family and watch an Arizona State football game on Thanksgiving Weekend. Driving back from Arizona...

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December 9, 2011

Hello all!

Literally just took this picture.

As I sit here in the Green Bean, sipping on a latte out of a snowman mug, listening to holiday music in complete blissful denial of all my work, I thought I'd take a moment to share the joys of finals season with all of you! Classes officially ended Wednesday, after I pulled my first and only all-nighter of the semester.  It was mostly my fault for not planning my time better, but at the same time I knew it was probably inevitable at some point. Surprisingly, I was pretty alert for most of the day.  I'd never felt better... Read More

December 8, 2011

Hey everyone! Sorry to have been so MIA of late--I went on some great trips and then had all of my big papers due (in French!), and that combined with spending time with my host family and American/French friends has left little time for me to blog. First my trips.  At the beginning of November, I went to Rome for the weekend to visit one of my best friends/Delta sisters that I met at Oxy, Elke, and who is studying there for the semester.  We visited a few famous sites, took lots of pictures, ate even more delicious Italian food, and stumbled upon the protests for Berlusconi's resignation, which happened the night I was there!  But because I couldn't get directly from Nantes to Rome, I went through Paris, where I stayed with my French friend, Cecile, who was the conversation teacher at Oxy last year.  (Every year for Spanish, French, and German there's a student that comes and lives on Oxy's campus and has a...

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December 8, 2011

Yeah, it's pretty sweet right?  The music department here offers a variety of scholarships such as the music department scholarship, glee club scholarship, English award, and so on.  One in particular is open for first years to try out for: Howard Swan Award.  With this scholarship they subsidize an hour lessons each week as well as a $1000 scholarship award.  Howard Swan is also one of the most respected choral directors in history, so it is very prestigious to get an award in his name. How music scholarships work: The only award open to first years is the Howard Swan Award.  You apply for that over the summer before arriving to campus.  If you are called back, you have your call back on campus with the director who then chooses the recipient.  If you come to Oxy without receiving a music award, you can audition for one the following year if you are involved in the music department.  Students with music...

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December 6, 2011

It has only recently dawned on me that the city I have called home for the past three months will soon become only a memory. Hong Kong isn't going anywhere but I am---come Christmas Eve I will be repatriating after having an incredible semester abroad. I'm beginning to get nostalgic and think about how much fun I have had with my new-found friends exploring a brand-new and arguably one of the best cities in the world. That however, still happens to be in the future. Right now, I'm suffering through final exams (2 out of 5 done, woohoo!) and generally trying to organize my life in preparation of moving back to the U.S. Last weekend the Office of Academic Links (CUHK's equivalent of the International Programs Office) arranged a fancy farewell dinner for the exchange students. I actually had conflicting plans and ended up not going,...

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December 5, 2011

Hey everyone, I was really supposed to blog this semester, but I've had a crazy time of it. I've been writing my senior thesis (known as "comps"), starting the karate club on campus, and getting involved in some stuff on campus in addition to three other classes. I'm sorry for not getting up more posts! The last week was kind of crazy with the wind storms, but Oxy recovered remarkably fast. The wind blew at around 100 mph, the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, yet we still had class 36 hours later. After much ado, we also now have the Karate Association of Occidental College as an official club. Right now the regular attendees are mostly my friends from karate class, but we're looking to expand over the next couple semesters. Today is kind of a big day for us - most of us are testing for the next belt level this evening; I'm testing for brown tonight. It's a bit of a nervewracking experience, kind of like tryouts...

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