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November 16, 2011

Hey everyone! Thanksgiving is almost a week away! (Can't wait to go home!) Around this time every year, students must register for their spring semester classes. The days leading up to registration can be very stressful. What if you don't get the class you want? What if you don't get any classes? What if you can't get into the class that you need to graduate and then you never graduate and can't get a job and are homeless and poor forever? (These are just some of my personal thoughts). Registration at Oxy begins with meeting with your advisor. Your advisor is a professor assigned to you freshman year that works in the department you plan on majoring in. He or she can help you choose the classes you want to enroll in. Your advisor also tells you what your registration time is. In previous years, each grade would have a registration day, and within that grade there would be two groups: morning and afternoon registration. If you get...

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November 15, 2011

Hey everyone, Just thought I'd post something new I've done in the last week or so - registered for classes for my first Spring semester! Urban Fictions CSP - This is part of the required Cultural Studies Program, and will examine the problems and promises of urban life in major cities like LA, Hong Kong, London, etc. and how they are portrayed in film, television, text and other media. I'm really excited for this course, even though it was my second choice of class - behind Music And Trance. Math 146 - Statistics/Statistics Lab - Since I will most likely be majoring in Economics, I thought it would be handy to get the statistics requirement out of the way in my first year. I have some background in statistics, after having done the Statistics and Probability Option in IB Higher Level Mathematics. I can't wait to get back into the world of stats! French 102 -... Read More

November 14, 2011

During my first three years at Oxy, I was able to live in three wonderful residence halls. Living on campus couldn't be more convenient - free internet and printing down the hall, classes and free food less than a two minute walk, to state the basics. I never had any particular complaints about doubles or triple rooms as I was always living with close friends and there is plenty of free space around campus to chill. Pictures and descriptions of them can be found here. Still, moving off-campus senior year has been awesome. While Oxy can't claim the status of UC-Merced's off-campus housing situation, Eagle Rock offers a decent variety of housing options. Some residencies serve as designated party houses almost every year, while others are...

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November 14, 2011

Last week I completed my final undergraduate class registration for Spring 2012. Not sure how I feel about that. Classes have always been a love/hate relationship as I typically enjoy the courses' content but dread the homework. So registration is a time where you can get excited to think about the topics you'll be learning about and not have to think about all the coursework that come along with them. For me, the registration process has never been too painful. I honestly can't remember a semester that I had to take a class that I didn't really want to or that I was required to anyway. This semester, they switched around the process so you pick two classes first in your first round, then your second two during a second round - giving everyone a better chance at getting their most desired classes. I have no complaints, especially since I'll only be taking three courses and got into all three that I wanted. I'm only taking...

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November 10, 2011

hello all, this past saturday i went to the oxy rugby tournament.  if you havent heard, our rugby team is relatively pretty good. as in second in the nation good. last spring, they won every game up until the championship game where they lost, placing second in the nation. so i decided to show my support... at 6:30am. in long beach. but it was worthwhile. [gallery]

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November 8, 2011

Hey everybody, (short post this week) As a freshman, I picked up on a trend that I noticed was apparent in some of my upperclassman friends - CLASSY MONDAY. I started doing it in the second week of school, and some of my frosh friends picked up on it too! I'm starting to catalog the results of each classy Monday, so here are some photos: [gallery columns="1"]

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November 7, 2011

The quizzes, exams and tests don’t stop and I seem to still have so much to do. There’s about a month left of classes here in Hong Kong and the work isn’t letting up. In other news, I went to Mong Kok and bought a tripod so that I could do some night photography. Above is the view from the top of my hostel here at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Enjoy. David is a junior Economics major, a very amateur photographer and dressed up as a "Hairy Crab" for Halloween.

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November 6, 2011

So, the really cool thing about my study abroad program is that is gives me a lot of free time to travel around all of Asia! Although I go to the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a normal exchange student, I was lucky enough to not get Friday classes!! In fact, almost all the exchange students here only have 3-4 days of classes and the rest of their time is free to do whatever they like! Awesome, right?! Right now I am in Bangkok, Thailand on a little weekend getaway. No. Big. Deal. Aha, I am so lucky to get to travel around like this!! Its such an amazing opportunity! Yesterday my friends and I got to ride elephants through the jungle... check it out:[gallery]   In two weeks I'll be headed to Taiwan, and hopefully in December I can make it down to Vietnam. I...

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November 6, 2011

The past couple weeks have been quite busy... Homecoming and Family weekend. A-Trak here on campus for Halloween. Volleyball, Football, and Water Polo games. (CONGRATS TO WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL! SCIAC CHAMPS!) Lots of fun activities, but lots of classwork as well... I had midterms for Spanish and DWA along with a test for calculus, a few quizzes, and an essay for my CSP. I think I managed everything pretty well. I did miss out on a few hours of sleep but that is to be expected... In between the coursework, I was able to attend a poetry open mic night on campus for the Spoken Word club. I was really impressed. All of the poets had so much talent and it was really interesting to listen to them all tell their stories and experiences. Spring 2012 Course Registration is this week! I'll let you know how that goes...  

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November 4, 2011

Hello all, hope your Halloween was awesome!

I honestly don't have much to say about what's going on with me right now, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to describe my Undergraduate Research experience a bit. Most people think undergraduate research looks like this:

I am here to tell you...

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