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March 7, 2012

Today I was getting really worried about my living situation for my senior year. As seniors, we have to accept a contract that says that we will participate in Room Draw. Since there are limited rooms for seniors, this contract lets the school know how many seniors to accept living on campus. I of course want to live on campus my senior year (to save up money!) so I definitely needed to accept this contract. Unfortunately (or fortunately actually) I applied to study abroad in the Fall of 2012 and so if I picked a room at Room Draw and then cancelled it when I found out if I got into the study abroad program I would be charged $750 (I know!). I was asking around to see when I would find out if I got into my study abroad program and people said we would find out after Spring Break (which is after the deadline for the senior contract) so I was getting worried that I was either going to get charged or not have a room when I returned from abroad. After...

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March 7, 2012

Wow!! I just got accepted to study abroad in the fall of next school year! I am so incredibly excited! I will be studying psychology at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. The International Program Office sent out an email last month saying that acceptances wouldn't be sent out until after Spring Break, but I guess they decided to surprise us! My Facebook newsfeed is full of people's statuses about studying abroad next year.  So far, I've seen statuses for Morocco, Australia, Rome, Spain, France, Amsterdam, India, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, Chile, and I'm sure many more are still to come! Next year is going to be so incredible with so many of my classmates spread across the world. I'll be sure to write a longer, less spur of the moment post in a couple days, but I thought it would be fun to post in the midst of the excitement!

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March 2, 2012

I can’t believe it’s already March! It feels like the second half of February went by even faster than the first half did. I've been very busy these past two weeks and a lot has happened since my last post; if you’re interested, read more after the jump!The first major thing that took place during these past couple of weeks was that Oxy Housing revealed Room Draw numbers for the 2012-2013 school year! For those of you who don’t know, Room Draw is the process that determines on-campus housing for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Even though I got an incredibly good room draw number (7 out of 528!), I’m actually hoping to live in themed housing next year. Occidental offers several types of themed housing, from gender-neutral rooms in Rangeview Hall to Pauley, the Multicultural Hall. I chose to apply for a custom theme in Norris Hall (not to be confused with the Norris Hall of ...

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March 2, 2012

Okay, so I should preface this by mentioning that I'm not a fashionista in any way, shape or form. In high school I was often told I 'had style,' which I think meant 'you go to alternative school, don't you?' So no, I don't follow the trends any more than someone who occasionally visits the mall does.

Typed 'ohmygodwhat' into Google Images and came up with this. I have never been happier.

So anyway, while I've occasionally been accused of being fashionable, I'm not exactly an expert.

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March 1, 2012

Hello there! Spring Break is just around the corner and after that we will be half way through the semester! I can’t believe junior year is almost over. I will definitely feel old when I have to introduce myself to people as a child “senior”, bummer. But any who, since my last post I have been busy with work and homework, go figure, but now I have taken up an internship at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, CA. This internship is on a “beta” for now so we will see how it goes. Basically what we (3 other students and I) will be doing is translating manuals from English to Spanish as well as working with the patients on techniques to help them remember to take their medicine and show up for their appointments. The patients we will be working with are patients who suffer from HIV and so it is critical for them to take their medication every single day at the same time. It is also...

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February 27, 2012

So I’m a full time student. If you were to ask the registrar what that means their office might give you a numerical answer, like earning 12+ credits per semester. But there’s more to that, there’s the feeling of being a full time student that I carry as well. The feeling that time is a precious commodity when I look at my calendar and see that I’m booked straight from 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM. The feeling that the cycle of problem sets, office hours and exams are perpetual and infinite. The feeling that I'm working hard at all times. This might sound terrible to you, but it really isn’t. It’s a mindset that I’ve grown into and grown to love. When...

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February 26, 2012

This semester seems to be flying by. It’s hard to believe that the first half of the semester is almost over with. I’ve been quite busy lately, which is why I haven’t been able to update as much as I would like to, so I am going to try and catch up with everything that has happened since the start of the semester. Midnight Premiere of Woman in Black On a whim, a bunch of people living in Pauley (and a few others) decided to go to the midnight showing of Woman in Black downtown at LA Live. The movie itself wasn’t that great but it was pretty fun just going out with the big group. While we were there we explored LA Live a bit, then before we got back to campus we stopped and grabbed food at the taco trucks. (Taco Trucks are a popular spot for Oxy students late at night.) Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier On another spare of the moment adventure, we ended up going to...

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February 25, 2012

Hey! I can't believe we've been back for a month. The weather here has been warm and the workload has been heavy. And as a result, I've been incredibly busy! I'll start with workload. Now is the time for people to start searching for internships and jobs for this summer. I spend so many of my nights on craigslist, jobs.com, or working on my resume. It's become an obsession! Just last week, I submitted an application to study abroad, too. I'm hoping to spend Fall 2013 at the University of Sussex in Brighton. After submitting numerous internship applications and my study abroad application, I'm feeling quite relieved! Even though I've spent so much of my time working, I haven't forgotten that I'm still in Los Angeles.  This is where I spent last weekend working on my applications... ...

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February 23, 2012

Dear readers, You may have expected this to be a post all about the 6 softball games I had this past weekend, or about the excitement of formal Greek recruitment which happened a few weeks ago. This is in fact what I was planning to write about. However, at this exact moment, as I am sitting in my bed finding ways to not do my Health Psychology homework. This has led me to think, a lot. That's always a bit dangerous. Anywho, here's what's on my mind: Right now I think we all have a lot in common. We are both trying to figure out what city, state, and country we will be spending the Fall of 2012. For you all it may be a question of going to college in California versus a school on the East coast. (Trust me, it is 77 degrees and it's February, choose California!!!) For me, it's a question of whether I will be in California or Amsterdam. Yes, that's right, I said Amsterdam. ...

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February 22, 2012

I'm not going to lie - I really thought I'd be burned out by my second semester as a Manager at the student-run Green Bean Coffee Lounge (especially as a senior in his last semester at Oxy!), but the job continues to challenge me. Here are some updates from the past couple of weeks...

  • The "donated mug" program (mentioned in an earlier post) that we launched at the end of last semester has continued to flourish. We have more than enough ceramic mugs to offer any customer the option of using one if they intend of staying in our shop for a bit. This way they also recieve the 20-cent mug discount. I track the total number of mug discounts on a daily basis to determine the amount of disposable cups that Oxy students have saved. While the program was new last semester, we were still able to save over...
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