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March 23, 2013

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

I think a lot of people have discussed academic life at Oxy on this blog, which is a really important aspect of being an Oxy student. People here genuinely enjoy what they study and take school really seriously, which I appreciate a lot. It’s easy to get obsessed with your major and professors when they’re pretty much all great. But all that’s been covered. So to mix things up a little, today I want to talk about social life!

Social life is pretty varied at Oxy. With a good proportion of upperclassmen living off campus, many of us enjoy house parties at a friend’s place on weekends. Oxy parties for the most part are chill, more about hanging out with friends and meeting new people than getting sick and passing out in a stranger’s house. I’ve...

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March 21, 2013

Blogger: David Sacci

As a Bennett W Schwartz scholar, I had the opportunity to travel to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Idea Exchange in Monterey, CA and I had an excellent learning experience. Over the course of the two-day conference I attended panel discussions featuring professionals who were shopping center developers, economic researchers and behavioral scientists. I also had the chance to meet and network with these professionals. One unexpected opportunity was the chance to gain more insight into Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), which is an investment opportunity that the Blyth Fund has been exploring recently.

The first session I attended was a panel...

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March 15, 2013

Blogger: Sarah Sterling

There are a lot of amazing things about being a senior at Occidental College. For one, you are most likely done with your core requirements and can take any classes you want. You can also go to events like Oxy’s Pub Night where seniors gather to receive free beer. Or you might get to enjoy turning in your thesis and have a fun and fancy free last semester. But all of this is somewhat eclipsed by the reality that you are about to enter the “real world” and you need a job.

Starting your real-life job search sounds, and is, daunting. Now that I’m finally starting this process I find myself getting angry that I was forced to learn algebra and read The Grapes of Wrath in high school instead of learning more valuable skills like, oh, I don...

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March 11, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Gilliland

When I got back to Oxy after being abroad last semester, I almost felt like a freshman again: I didn’t recognize anyone, I forgot where buildings were, and most importantly, I had a renewed desire to get involved. After deciding not to play softball this semester, I knew I would be overwhelmed by the new amount of free time I had acquired. I started off my semester of new activities by becoming a more active member of InterVarsity (IV) which is a Christian fellowship that exists on many college campuses. I started going to IV my sophomore year, but have decided to become more involved with it this semester. It’s a really fun group to be a part of, everyone is really nice and I have made more new friends then I imagined being able to make in my junior year...

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March 6, 2013

Blogger: Katherine Carey


So it’s March.  I think I’m developing a trend in blog posts of freaking out about how fast time is going, but I swear to you, it feels like it’s speeding up!!  I’m pretty sure I got back to school last week, and now it’s March and a draft of my comps was due last week.  I’ve decided there’s basically nothing worse than having loads of my friends finished/finishing comps and not having mine done until April 16th.  Part of me wants to count down the days until I don’t have to do it anymore, but that will mean I’m about a month away from graduating and I don’t want that either.  I’m sure you can identify.

On top of balancing the schoolwork, I’m also starting to have to think about “life after...

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March 5, 2013

Blogger: Jill Marucut


This is one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time. Finally free from the overwhelming amount of homework, exams, projects, and papers squashed into the past two weeks, I can’t explain how fulfilling it was to have a great Saturday night dinner with my girls while munching on a few tacos from the Kogi Truck at Oxy. I’ve always been a fan of Mexican food and Korean food, but the fusion of Mexican and Korean food is just exquisitely tangy!
In addition to lovin’ my dinner from one of my favorite food trucks, I also discovered a new restaurant in the South Bay this...
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March 4, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas


I’m starting this blog post over a week in advance in hopes of ultimately creating the (self-deemed) “perfect post.” What constitutes a perfect post? I wish I knew. If I did, I would have written it back in September when I first began writing these things. I have already used the passive voice two too many times, so I’m off to a flying start. Maybe having a grammatically incorrect post is key. While that goes against my beliefs, it might be the answer. How are one too know?

Ok, that hurt to write, and it hurts even more to look at. Is this what it feels like to be on the writing staff for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno?

Right. Perfect blog post. Come on, Maddy. So far all I have accomplished is some fake bad grammar and a pop culture reference, and the latter was basically handed to me on a shiny, silver platter. (Rhyme!) Now it’s also occurring to me that I need to relate this back to...

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March 2, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

My first realization that I was finally in college hit me during the first night of freshman orientation. The Class of 2016 was invited to a Square Dance, which somehow ended with a fist-pumping, loud-mainstream-music-playing dance just like the ones in high school. Except this time, the lyrics were entirely uncensored, with swear words piercing the air without hesitation. Of course, I had already been used to hearing swear words everywhere, but definitely not in the context of a school dance (my high school made sure to keep the music as clean as possible).I'm not longer in high school...

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March 1, 2013

Blogger: Enrique Aguilar

I’m baaaaaaaack. Hey guys, it’s Enrique reporting for duty! It’s been a while since my last blog post and I have a lot to say. First, did someone press fast forward on life?! Time has been flying by, and at first it was very overwhelming, but now I am getting used to it. Every Friday, my friends and I have been coming up with themes for the day. Last Friday we did “Vaquero Viernes” so we had to dress as cowboys/cowgirls for the whole day. I look forward to every Friday, so that kind of helps slow down time. Anyway, My birthday countdown has officially begun! Just 11 more months and I’ll be 20! I know you are probably thinking that I am crazy for starting my countdown the day after my birthday but it gives me something to look forward to all year round.

Spring break is around...

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February 28, 2013

Blogger: Laurel Cox

Hello everyone and Happy (Belated) Lunar New Year! Can you believe we’re already at the year of the Snake? Craziness.

What’s even more unbelievable is that it’s almost March. Where is the year going?  This semester is special to me, primarily because I am studying abroad in Tokyo! My program doesn’t start until April, however, so I’ve been at home (im)patiently waiting to leave.

I haven’t just loafed around, though, tempting as that sounds! Earlier this month, actually, I went back to Oxy for a visit.  I’ll tell you, nothing confuses people more than when they think you’ve left for the semester and you run into them in the market place. It was nice to get the chance to see my friends who were abroad last semester, as well as see my...

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