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April 7, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

As a musician at Oxy, I have been offered a plethora of opportunities to not only continue my interest in music, but also work with awesome students, faculty, and alumni organizations! Here are just a few awesome music/instrument-related things Oxy has given me!

To clarify, I am not a music major, nor do I plan on becoming one. I also do not consider myself a superb musician. I am just a simple cellist who's somewhat involved with the various opportunities that the music department has held. I'm sure the music majors get even more perks!

1. Oxy-Cal Tech Symphony Orchestra - This orchestra is unique in that it composes (pun-intended) of not only Oxy and Cal Tech students, but also community members! Even though our orchestra members come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, our wonderful conductor...

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April 6, 2013

Blogger: Amber Thai

March and April are the times that you all are hearing back or waiting to hear from the colleges that you applied to. I was talking to my friend from home and she was telling me that her little sister had heard back from a couple of colleges and how it reminded her of what it was like for her. Although it was a stressful time, I remember feeling so happy to have finished my applications and how nervous I was waiting to hear back from schools. It’s crazy to think that that was almost two years ago and it makes me think a lot about what my parents always say around the house, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s already [enter this month]! Time goes by quickly!” I get a little nostalgic when they say that and it scares me a little to think about what’s in store for me in the future, but it...

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April 4, 2013

Blogger: Everest Law

Wait, what? *cough*

Hello, people! I am Everest Law, an international student and physics major from Hong Kong. This is my second year in college, and so far it has been a good ride. A liberal arts college like Oxy is the perfect place to pursue undergraduate studies for someone – like me – who has too many interests. While completing my physics degree in preparation for graduate school, I am also taking the opportunity to explore areas of knowledge that I am curious about but don't know much about. For instance, in my first semester at Oxy I have taken a course called “Chinese Ghost and Love Stories”. It was half serious discussion of how the Chinese understood women's gender roles and the supernatural, and half reading about the adventures that young dashing...

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March 26, 2013

Blogger: Kyle Beasley

Prior to spring break, as you may have read from a few of my fellow bloggers, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were on campus for Springfest, the annual spring concert. The concert was pretty cool even though this year it was moved inside the gym due to weather and did not occur in the Greek Bowl, where it is traditionally held. While the concert is the main event, the food trucks that are brought to campus are also a very nice touch (and in my book, much needed). KOGI is my undisputed favorite option, as you have probably learned through a few of my previous posts; however the other vendors that were brought to campus offered a lot of really great options as well. The event was a good transition into spring break, as well.

Spring break, while I wish it lasted a tad longer, was very much so needed in order to recover...

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March 24, 2013

Blogger: Aja Sanneh

hello all!

if you're reading this, i assume you are at least a little interested in living in los angeles. i was born and raised in this amazing city, and occasionally need to leave the smog, traffic, and fashion for something more relaxing.
over president's weekend, my best friends and i went to the santa anita race tracks, and we then drove two hours north to check out santa barbara.  
in santa anita we lost money on all our horse picks. then in santa barbara, we swam, ate, kayaked, slept, and hiked. one of the biggest benefits of being in los angeles is its proximity to exciting destinations like san...
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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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