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November 3, 2011

Boy, have these past few weeks been busy! Good busy, of course. Last weekend, aside from being Halloween, was also Homecoming AND Parents Weekend! There was a ton going on on campus, from athletic events (football won!) and brunches with parents and tons of different opportunities to wear costumes! On Friday before the weekend we had the homecoming parade, where all the sports teams decorate a car and drive it through the quad! We made a yellow buggy into a softball - On Monday we had Trick or Treat on Greek Street, and after that there was a dance DJ'd by DJ A-Trak! (I'd never heard of him but apparently he's a big deal!) I was Pippi Longstockings for the first event and then changed...

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November 1, 2011

Hello to all blog visitors and followers.  I'm a senior Urban & Environmental Policy major from Portland, Oregon. I also serve on the student government and help manage the student garden.  I'm excited to start sharing what it's like to attend Occidental College! This past summer I worked with two other Oxy students as a summer fellow at Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers (SH).  SH was started by Oxy grad David Griswald '84 and has become one of the largest U.S. importers of certified organic and fairtrade coffee beans. The summer fellowships are facilitated through Occidental's Career Development Center and provide a great summer job and learning experience. Sustainable Harvest’s success is due not only to the company’s innovative practices but also its strong commitment to the environment and the communities it works with. SH has a triple...

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October 31, 2011

Hey all, Hope this post finds you well! I'm sorry for the infrequency of my posting, but as all of my friends here will know, midterm season one is coming to an end, and it has been one really hectic month. I have been taking a bunch of photos all over the place and all the time at Oxy. As far as midterms go, I had three - 1 each in Economics 102, Calculus 2 and Music 101. I find that exams here are different in style and grading to the way I'm used to taking them ; coming from an IB (International Baccalaureate) background, I'm more used to a curved system of grading with numbers instead of letters. In the IB, scores are on a scale of 7 from 1 through 7, a 4 being the minimum passing grade. I do find a parallel between this and the letter system, 7 being an A+, 6 being an A-, 5 being a B, 4 being a C and so on and so forth. The first couple of months of college have...

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October 31, 2011

So, most people spend Sunday nights in the library doing homework. That's usually me, too- except this weekend was the closing weekend of the Tim Burton Exhibit at the LACMA. Tim Burton, you ask? ONLY THE GREATEST VISUALIZER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. Well, maybe I'm a little biased.

A Nightmare Before Christmas

He did the artwork for Alice in Wonderland (The Disney version) and A Nightmare Before Christmas (Jack Skellington, yes?) among other things (like the original Batman movie and Planet of the Apes). Anyway, so I was going to get tickets like a normal person and go, except they got sold out- the only tickets available were between 3AM and 9AM on Sunday night/...

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October 29, 2011

Hello Everyone! In case you are wondering, the title is a Haiku in honor of National Novel Writing Month, i.e. November!  Yes, I know it is hard to believe, but November is just around the corner.  Every November there is a novel writing contest, and every November I say, "I'm going to do it this year!" but once again, I don't think I will be partaking.  In case you are unfamiliar with the NaNoWriMo competition, basically you have from midnight on Halloween until midnight on Nov.30 to write a novel.  The idea is quantity, not quality, but it is a competition....

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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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