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October 29, 2011

As October winds down and we enter November, as students we now begin to look forward to Thanksgiving! October has been a really busy month for me with school, work, and family, so I have not kept up with my blogging (MY BAD!). So fall break came and left in a matter of days, and I got around to doing some fun stuff. I went home for a day to see my family as well as my cousin’s newborn with whom I am in love (picture of her will be below)! I returned to Oxy and my friends, and I decided to go to the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, which was A-MAZING! I did not get scared of monsters (or better yet people dressed as monsters) creeping up on me throughout the park, BUT I did get spooked during the mazes. I think the reason is because the mazes are small and usually you end up walking in a line by yourself with objects and people popping out around you. I was lucky enough to be in the front in most of the mazes (yay?), so I would...

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October 25, 2011

I'm going to start of by explaining my title, and then I'll get into what else is going on in my Oxy-centric life. As you may or may not know, Oxy made it into the news this weekend! And not for anything good! It must have been a slow news night, is all I have to say, because a bunch of college kids getting drunk isn't exactly newsworthy in my opinion. But, since apparently we're now being dubbed a 'party school' I feel like I should set the record straight; we're not. Splatter was a really fun dance, and honestly really tame. I've talked to a bunch of my friends about this, and we've come to the agreement that it's basically the same 20-30 people that get alcohol poisoning during the year. Statistics are a democracy right? The point is, Oxy is not a party school. Oxy is a school full of nerds away from home for the first time who sometimes make mistakes. That's not to condone it, but it happens. I was part...

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October 24, 2011

Hey everyone!! I'm so happy to be joining the admissions blog for Oxy! My name is Chris Monteath and I am from Nashville, TN (I am just one of the few students at Oxy from the Southern region of the US, but hopefully there will be more in the future!). I am currently a Junior studying Diplomacy and World affairs with a minor in Economics and Sociology. Right now I am studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the semester. I just started to study Mandarin Chinese here and I'm having the time of my life! I highly recommend studying abroad when you guys go to college! It's so worth it! and if you choose to go to Oxy, Oxy's International Programs Office makes is super easy for its students to study abroad all over the world! On campus, I am heavily involved with dance. I am CoPresident/Choreographer/Dancer of Dance Production (the school's largest club and most anticipated event of the year!). Also, I am a...

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October 24, 2011

Like Chris (the student below me) I am also studying in Hong Kong this semester. Above is a panoramic photo that I took from the roof of my dorm here at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. While the architecture on campus is unfortunately dated the surrounding scenery is quite pretty. The campus is almost entirely surrounded by Tolo Harbour, the body of water pictured above. I've been busy, going on trips, exploring the city, eating lots of great food and taking a lot of photos. Check out my blog so see what I've been eating, what I've been up to and what...

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October 23, 2011

What a world of difference just a few weeks makes.  Last time I posted, I really was just getting settled and was still tired from being immersed in French, from eating dinner later, and from just generally getting settled into the lifestyle here.  Now that I've been here for a few more weeks, the time is already starting to fly by.  My mom is coming to visit me in just 4 days, and in my head, her visit marked the halfway point, so this is going fast!!! Two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to go to festival of Breton dance with my host uncle, who teaches that style of dance.  Nantes is the historical capital of Bretagne, which for a long time wasn't even considered part of France because they speak a different language (Bretagne, which is not a dialect of French but rather a "relative" of Celtic) and have different cultural traditions.  But it was fantastic to see authentic customs like that being kept...

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October 22, 2011

Oxy is considered by some to have one of the most liberal-minded student bodies in the country. Yet, this past month (after being bombarded with images of "Occupy _____" in the mainstream media and observing fellow students skipping classes to attend various rallies), I realized I had yet to participate in any sort of real protest or rally during my three years here. Then, as if by cue, a fellow fraternity brother encouraged us to join him in a rally that he was helping to organize through a Urban & Environmental Policy (UEP) course at Oxy. The rally was targeting Trader Joe's, who has refused to sign a "fair food agreement" that would...

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October 20, 2011

What can I say? I was more than happy to pack up a small bag and get home to spend some time with my family.  It was my sister’s birthday weekend and my family and I were at the pumpkin patch at Pomona this Saturday looking for any that caught our eye. There were tons, and we carried them back home to get them carved for fun. I did not end up choosing one, but it was totally fine because I returned home to homemade carne asada nachos and tacos with some red spicy sauce. I did not know how much I missed food from home until I took a single delicious bite out of my plate of nachos. Yum! I got back on campus this past Sunday and it was a bit strange. Before I left for Oxy, I told my sister that I was “heading back home”. Home for the last 17 years has been with my parents. However, these past 7 weeks have proven otherwise. I’m currently living in Newcomb in a triple and I’ve been having a great time. Classes are a...

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October 20, 2011

Hello all you lovely readers! Boy it's been a long time since I blogged, there've just been SO many exciting things going on! As you probably know from reading previous posts we recently had fall break, and today was the first day back! I didn't go anywhere for fall break, but I had a wonderful time enjoying the beauty of campus without all the added stress of classwork. I spent Saturday thrifting around LA with a few friends. We stopped by a few Goodwills (including the Beverly Hills Goodwill!) and I got some great finds for super cheap. As a college student that's just what I like =). Sunday I spent the day relaxing before my big day Monday where I ventured to DISNEYLAND!!! It's a super short drive away from Oxy and you can buy discounted tickets in the Student Activities Center!!! I went with two friends, and since it was a Monday it was not super crowded, so we got to go on almost every ride! Now,... Read More

October 20, 2011

I went home for Fall Break and spent some time with my family and visited with a few of my friends at UCR. It was a nice little break from the homework, papers, and midterms. Speaking of midterms I have one more to study for. Its for my DWA class. Lots of reading and studying to do... Besides that, everything is going pretty well. Right before Fall Break I ordered a few posters for my dorm room because I had put it off for so long and people were telling me that my room was a little boring... not anymore! Well I hope not, haha... Anyway, I have to get back to studying. Until next time.

KEEP CALM and CARRY ON

 

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October 19, 2011

fall break: 2011. i flew to sf, saw my little brother (a fantastic freshman year so far), went to fremont, took BART to berkeley. the pictures do most of the talking, but it was an amazing break--rested enough to take a constitutional law midterm? we'll see. [gallery]  

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