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October 14, 2011

Hi! We've officially reached the midpoint of the semester. I've been swamped with midterms all week, but it's officially fall break! My mom is coming to visit this weekend and I can't wait to see her. When a parent visits, it means good food off campus and a chance to explore LA! It'll be kinda tough to update you guys on everything that I've been doing the last couple months, but here are some pictures I've taken that'll give you an idea of what I think is interesting/funny/worth taking a picture of. The Oxy Weekly published a story about Ben Stiller buying the rights to the story of Caltech's first basketball victory in 26 years.  This victory was over Occidental. It's a funny/sad situation. ...

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October 14, 2011

It's been so busy recently I can't even remember the last time I posted. Just had my first midterm, in East Asian Survey! It's a 100 level history class, something I've never experienced before (it's been 200 level since day one for me!). I was surprised to receive, not only a study guide, but only 1 essay question. To give some perspective, my last history midterm covered 1,000 years of Chinese history, had no study guide, and was five ID's and three essays.

Ah, the joys of non-science or DWA intro-level classes! (I have experienced the science, and as I am not a science person, it did not go well. I have no personal experience with...

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October 14, 2011

Hi Everybodyyyyyy!!!!!! This is my first blog of the semester so I just wanted to introduce myself.  My name is TJ and I come all the way from Boston, MA!  I'm an economics major with a business emphasis and a music minor...for more of my bio you can just click my name =) For all those who love to sing or love to listen to great choral music, Occidental has one of the best Glee Clubs on the west coast!  We sing music from various centuries, composers, and styles.  Right now we're working on an opera chorus, some Mozart, other choral motets and Jai Ho soon!  At the beginning of every year we go on a retreat that we just got back from.  At retreat, the glee club rehearses A LOT, but we also get so much closer to each other!  This year we went to a retreat center up in the mountains.  It was beautiful...but the air was a bit thin so it got hard to sing at times!  We rehearsed in the retreat center for...

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October 13, 2011

Hello everyone! I'm Aseem, and I'm also sorry it took me so long to get around to posting on the blog. I've been busy with settling into the rhythm of college life and living in a new country, so I've just been soaking up the experience. Now is the time for me to begin "wringing my mental sponge" and telling you all about it! I'm getting seriously into photography so many of my posts will be photo-heavy, please bear with me there. The campus and the area around are so picturesque and quaint that I can't resist snapping lots of photos. I've been experimenting with long exposure photography for the last week or so, and here's one of the results! I took this...

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October 10, 2011

I always tell fellow Oxy students that if they don't travel outside the country during their four years here, it's a shame. Beyond the traditional study abroad experience, there are so many other ways Oxy will fund an international trip. My first opportunity came when I was given a Davis Project for Peace grant. Because Oxy is awesome, at least one proposal from a student here is guaranteed to be funded every year. Lucky for me, that meant I would be flying over to Ghana in the summer after my sophomore year. My proposal involved digging a well, installing solar panels and rain harvesters, and leading community workshops in a rural village. The idea was inspired from my first volunteer visit there during the summer before I enrolled at Oxy, when I was introduced to a number of rural communities in northern Ghana that were having issues adapting to climate change. Once on the ground, it was quite an adventure. The rainy season...

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October 8, 2011

Hello All! Sorry I've been AWOL for a couple of weeks; life has been Crazy with a capital C.  Last week was Informal Greek Recruitment, so I was busy up the wazoo.  Not to mention that I had two papers, two exams, and a karate competition.  In case you aren't familiar with recruitment, basically it's a week-long series of events for those who want join the Greek community.  It starts with a general meet-and-great session with each sorority, then a philanthropy event on night two, a preference dinner on the third night (where you get dressed up and indicate your top 2 choices), and finally bid night, where you hang out with your new sisters! It's a lot of fun,  but it does take a lot of time.  You have to do a lot of planning in advance, i.e.,when you're going to do your homework.[gallery columns="4"] On...

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October 7, 2011

Two weekends ago Vote For Equality held their biweekly canvass at Occidental College.  Vote For Equality is the activist/community organizing arm of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.  Occidental College has its own sub-branch Vote For Equality that is all student organized and run.  I have been involved with Vote For Equality since this past May and started interning there in September.  The canvass overall had a massive turnout of over 80 people.  The turnout at Occidental College tied for the most turn out that Vote For Equality has ever had a canvass.  Below are some of the photos from the canvass. Enjoy!!! [gallery link="file" columns="2"]

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October 5, 2011

These past few weeks have been pretty turbulent. Let's address my title backwards. Since the beginning of the year the weather has mostly been like this :

Hot hot hot hot

Until today that is. Today, we woke up to this:

Not Gene Kelly, that would be too good to be...

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October 4, 2011

It's pretty hard to write a post detailing the last 3 months of my time in Cape Town, but I will try to fill you all in. I've been remiss in posting... I'm volunteering, taking 17 credits, Pan-African dancing it up (questionable on my part), and living with a wonderful host family. I pass out at, like, 10PM on a lot of weeknights. Except Wednesdays and sometimes Thursdays, because those are good nights to go out! Spring break was September 3-12 and it was INCREDIBLE. I went to Mozambique, Swaziland, and Kruger National Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Every part of our trip was hilarious, even when we were driving in a truck (classic... tourists in Africa) for ten hours from Jo'burg to Swaziland. We drove all over Mozambique and visited Inhambane, Vilanculos, Maputo & Xai Xai. What that means is that I basically spent six days visiting incredibly beautiful beaches in Mozambique, quad biking, dancing, and eating delicious meals around the camp... Read More

October 3, 2011

Hi everybody! So it's been nearly 6 weeks since my last post, and I apologize for the hiatus! The start of the school year is always so busy, and my schedule is so packed this semester! In a good way, of course. I'm involved all over campus and even a little off campus too! This year, I'm the secretary of Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha. We just had our Informal Fall Recruitment, which was a very busy week but so worth it because we were able to welcome 19 new pledge babies to Alpha tonight! I love being an officer because it allows me to give back to an organization that has given so much to me already. I also have a little sister, who I am guiding through her pledging process. In addition to Alpha, I'm also the Editor in Chief of Her Campus Oxy, which is a new thing that I started prior to the semester's beginning! Her Campus Oxy strives to provide a place for college-women to...

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