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February 12, 2013

Blogger: Sarah Sterling

Hello, lovely people!

I haven’t blogged in awhile, partly because I was away for most of my winter break, but also because my life has been completely consumed by my senior thesis, or as we call it at Oxy, senior comps (Comprehensive Project). At first I thought that blogging about my comps might be boring, but in reality I think it’s interesting to hear what different people have the option to do for their comps and to see what people are writing about.

For example, I am writing about... Disney. Are you surprised? What I love about my major (Critical Theory & Social Justice, in case I hadn’t mentioned that before) is that the “point” of our studies is to learn how to think...

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February 7, 2013

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

It was my birthday on last week! Not actually that big of a deal, but everyone I know is excited for this excuse to party. Not that we’re partiers… or rather, not that I’m a partier. In fact I’m very much not a partier. I’m what you might term an introvert. That doesn’t mean I hole up in my room all the time and snap at people when they’re in my personal space and suddenly turn off of social mode and… ok that’s exactly what it means

To those of you who feed off socialization like Oxy’s squirrels feed on fear, congratulations, you have nothing to learn, skip to the next blogger. For the rest...

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February 6, 2013

Blogger: David Sacci

As a Bennett W. Schwartz scholar I had the opportunity to travel to the University Private Equity Summit in Salt Lake City, and I had a fantastic time. Over the course of the three-day conference I attended panel discussions featuring professionals from venture capital funds, private equity investors, tech-industry professionals and recently successful entrepreneurs.

The first day that I was there I sat in on a case study of the Pabst Brewing Company. The case was lead by Hal Heaton, an accomplished professor at Brigham Young University, and during the duration of the case Hal did an excellent job leading a discussion, which focused on the difficulties of valuing a firm when making a takeover bid for it. With his pointed questions and intelligent explanations, he led the conference to better...

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February 3, 2013

Blogger: Dana Coffman

After my junior year at Occidental I decided it was time to stay in Los Angeles for the summer. I wanted my time to be productive, so I examined the internship opportunities posted on the school’s career website, TigerLink. After applying to a few and not hearing much, I stumbled upon a marketing internship with the nonprofit Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing. Located in Hollywood the organization works to provide affordable housing and services for low-income LGBT senior citizens. Currently GLEH is the only such nonprofit in the country and working...

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January 31, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

Hello! My name is Lisa, a freshman at Oxy from Orinda, California, and I am excited to post my first admission blog! I am interested in majoring in either Psychology, Sociology, or Philosophy, with a possible minor in Religious Studies. This spring, my classes include a history CSP titled "Reacting to the Past", a psychology class titled "Origins of Knowledge", Intro to Sociology, Buddhist Thought from India to Japan, as well as two partial-unit classes: Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra.

After a long, relaxing five-week break, classes have finally begun! While I am excited to return to Oxy to analyze The Lion King in a sociological perspective and engage in fiery debates over Athenian democracy and the French Revolution, I am possibly most excited to spend time with my closest friends from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.


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January 29, 2013

Blogger: Kristin Feinberg

Ahh another semester at Oxy has come at last. Even though classes just started, I have been here for the past week and a half doing some pre-season training with the always wonderful women's lacrosse team. We've spent our week here training on the turf, as well as the weight room, and cheering on the Tigers doing work on the basketball court. 

It seems like spring has already arrived in California. It feels nice to be back in the mid to high seventies versus the snow back home in Pennsylvania, and the sub zero temperatures in Montana, where I ventured to visit my brother over winter break. It has been a hard transition from spending my week running outside in the lovely sunshine to going back to class, but I'm pretty excited for the semester ahead. I...

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January 27, 2013

Blogger: Ava Martinez


Hey everyone! Since this is my first post of 2013, I thought I'd compile 13 updates, announcements, and photographs for you all. 

1. Congrats to all the high school seniors on submitting your applications (or, at least your application to Oxy)! 

2. Although many of my peers have been enjoying LA's January weather, which is warmer than most, I'm having a difficult time adjusting to the rain and "cold" after spending the last month in Ghana. 

3. Speaking of Ghana, I was super excited to find Obama biscuits while I was there and bought a crazy amount of them to bring back to the US. I'm snacking on some as I write this.

4. On another Ghana-related note, my...

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January 26, 2013

Blogger: Katherine Carey

It’s hard to believe that I’m already back at school.  I came home from New York to a flurry of tasks, doctor’s appointments, holiday parties, family time, and get-togethers with friends who I hadn’t seen in ages.  I slept in, gorged on my mom’s home cooking, and read a pile of books just for fun, which is something I hadn’t done in quite a while.  As the end of my Oxy career is looming large, I also have been trying to start fellowship applications and find programs I’m interested in working with post-graduation.  However, the momentousness of the task makes it all the more intimidating, so things are going slowly on that front, despite its obvious importance.

This semester, I will be living in my sorority house, which has already been so...

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January 25, 2013

Blogger: Jill Maracut


Last weekend, I ventured to Big Bear with my boyfriend and 16 other friends. Told that we’d be staying in a cabin, I was pleasantly surprised that “staying in a cabin” meant “glamping.” Glamping, a word passed on to me by a new friend of mine, is a shorthand term being used to refer to glamorous camping. Being the urbanite that I am, I was relieved that we’d be “roughing” the negative degree weather in a three-story Big Bear-themed mansion--equipped with beautiful and modern wooden decorum, a state-of-the-art surround sound system, one level completely dedicated to catering to an entertainment lover’s paradise, and a beautiful panoramic view of Big Bear. Immediately upon arrival, I marveled at the living situation in utter astonishment and knew...

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January 23, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

I type this blog post as I am tucked into my guest bed on the first floor of my friend Tyler’s house. Tyler also goes to Oxy and we spent the weekend adventuring in Los Angeles and watching the Golden Globes. This mini vacation was a breath of fresh air from the monotony of winter break. While out-

and-about, Tyler and I had the pleasure of seeing our talented friend Soraya, another Oxy student, play a show. We even walked 0.2 miles in the cold and channeled our inner Sherlock Holmes to find hidden ATMs, witnessed at least 500 bicyclists rush down Hollywood Blvd at 9PM, and discovered that 9/10 people in Los Angeles will don a beanie if the temperature drops below 50. That being said, spending time with my college friends for a...

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