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January 31, 2012

The first week back at Oxy felt exceptionally long with settling into classes and having to wake up at 9AM (oh, the ungodly hour). Although I have to say, it is great to be back. Something I really adore about Oxy is how picturesque the place is, and since I like photography, I figured I'd share a few of my personal snapshots. There's a photography club on campus, and we even have a darkroom. (How often do you see those around anymore?) The following is mostly the handiwork of a phone camera between classes. My sustainable development class gets out at 5 from the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, this gorgeous little building embedded in a student run garden by FEAST (Food, Energy And Sustainability Team) and its always a perfect time for sunset photography. I'm also gearing up for Valentine's day (Die-hard romantic? Guilty!), which explains the heart-photography. It is rumoured that 60% of Oxy graduates marry each...

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January 30, 2012

...looks something like this on a Monday afternoon around lunchtime.

January 29, 2012

It is hard to believe I have only been back at school for a week. After getting used to my new classes, it almost feels like I never left. I spent half my winter break in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, (I'm including a couple pictures from the trip at the end of this post) and half at home in San Francisco. I had a really great time, but I'm definitely glad to be back at school. I've spent this week catching up with friends, taking advantage of the good weather to study in the sun, and restarting rehearsals for dance pro. My classes this semester are all really interesting, and I have a better and more balanced schedule than last semester. I hope everyone is having a great start to their Spring semesters! - Ava

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January 29, 2012

It has barely been the first week of school and there is already a lot to do. I felt that this first week was never ending, maybe because we usually start on a Wednesday as opposed to a Monday. But classes went great and I have a new job! I am currently working at the on-campus daycare center, and I am in love with the kids there! They are so sweet, cute, and energetic! My first day was amazing; I got to play with the kids, serve them lunch, and just interact with them. They are adorable! I am very excited to return to work this week. It’s kind of like a stress reliever in a way and I need that because in a week I am going to be very stressed… why? Oh, because Formal Recruitment is just around the corner for us Greeks. This is the week where all are welcomed to take a look inside the Greek life on campus. At the end of the week the sororities and fraternities welcome their new pledges that will eventually become a part of their growing...

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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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