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February 20, 2013

Blogger: Miranda Sieg


So, my ideal plans for after-graduation (research on interstellar unicorns) fell through, and I cried, and it was depressing, but it sort of opened my eyes to the fact that there are many ways to get where I want to go, some not even tangentially related to unicorns. Also to the sheer volume of derpy unicorn pictures on the internet. I mean, seriously, look at that guy. But let me back track a little.

While panicking that I had no future and would become a thirty-year-old couch bum reading manga all day in my parents’ basement, I scheduled an appointment with Oxy’s Career Development Center (or Center for Disease Control, when I can’t remember what it actually stands for). In the time between learning I would not, in fact, be circumnavigating Saturn uni-back and my appointment I...

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February 18, 2013

Blogger: Kyle Beasley


Wow. The first four weeks of the semester have gone by so unbelievably fast. Already, I have found myself spending long nights completing readings and writing reflection papers. I definitely don’t mind, though. This semester I am really enjoying all my classes and the material. The class that I find most interesting so far is GEO150 – Geographic Information Science. In this class we are mapping different groups and various inequalities. I find the material very useful in terms of identifying issues across different areas.  I am also enjoying my Intergroup Dialogue course. In the class, there are students from various backgrounds that come together and talk about their experiences with race and...

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February 16, 2013

Blogger: Amalia Frick


Last week was probably the most important and most stressful week of my undergraduate career because it was the week that my comps, or comprehensive project, was due. It called for some desperate measures.

It was a hard week, but I am relieved and pleased to say that despite being something that many undergraduates fear fortheir first years at Oxy, I have survived! Here’s a photo of me giving my presentation in the Morrison Lounge.

As an English and Comparative Literary Studies (ECLS) major, there were three components to my project. Part one was the class I...

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February 13, 2013

Blogger: Aja Sanneh

Merhaba Everyone!
I recently went on a class trip to Turkey. By Turkey, I mean all of it, not just Istanbul. We went to Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Nevsehire, Göreme, Avanos, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Konya, Selcuk, Kusadasi, Izmir, Ephesus, Cankkale, and ended with a free day in Istanbul.  I never thought I'd have a chance to do all of that and be well informed too!
The name of the class is "Turkey: Then and Now" and the...
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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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