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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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January 21, 2013

Blogger: David Sacci

Today is the last day of winter break.

I was asked to pen a blog post to discuss my life as a student on winter break, but as I sit here on the floor of my bedroom and tap away, I cannot help but feel sad that this may be the last winter break I experience. At least for a while. Tomorrow I’ll touch down in LA, return to by double in BY and begin the end of college.

Forgive the cliché, but I’ve been busy during my month off from school. I attended my first summons for jury duty. I caught up with friends and family. I’ve been skiing on freshly fallen snow. I spent New Years Eve with a New Yorker and fellow Oxy student. I served as an impromptu tour guide for a friend visiting from Colombia. I’ve chowed down on East Coast classics that LA still can...

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January 17, 2013

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

My semester in Salamanca, Spain, has come to an end, but I thought I would look back at my time here. This post will reflect on newly discovered Spanish culture and can be a guide for students who decide to study abroad in Spain. When I came to Spain, I knew it would be different from my American culture, but thought it would be similar to my Guatemalan culture. Boy was I wrong!  

The first thing I learned when I arrived in Salamanca was that when you greet people you give two kisses, one on each cheek, even if they are strangers to you. For example, when I first met my host dad at the bus stop I was told to give two kisses, so I did. But when I met new Spanish friends I had to do the same. I got used to it after a while and fear that I will be doing that when I get back to the states.


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January 13, 2013

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

After my semester abroad, pretty much everything would be boring in comparison, but this year’s winter vacation takes the cake. Not only am I wallowing in Rome withdrawal-related depression, I’m not working or doing much of anything productive. Sleeping 14 hours a day has gotten old, even for me, and I wander aimlessly (in my house) for something to do, anything to keep me occupied. Probably my lowest point was the other night when I spent an hour playing with an iPhone app that lets you put your face into the body of a cat. Friends are either out of town entirely or traveling during their time off. If you’re in my boat, read on for some things to do over break that might break up the monotony!


  1. Go through your clothes. This is a favorite activity of mine because I like hanging...
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January 8, 2013

Blogger: Abby Chin-Martin


Sixteen days until I return to Occidental. As I sit here in my bed while wearing a down coat, I yearn for the warm glow of the Los Angeles sun. Don’t get me wrong; I love Seattle’s fresh, crisp air and gray-green-blue color scheme.  I’ve been waiting so long to return to this beautiful northwest city! I’m surrounded by my family, old friends, and familiar places. But nothing parallels the sense of freedom and euphoria experienced in sunny Los Angeles, and on Oxy’s beautiful campus. There are two certain times of day on campus that I’m missing most: 12:00 PM and 4:30 PM. 

At noon, any day of the week, nearly everyone on campus is trying to get lunch at the Marketplace. The Quad is full of students walking every direction. The...

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January 8, 2013

Blogger: Amber Thai


Hi again everyone!

Happy Winter break to all! I’ve been on break for a couple of weeks now and it’s definitely nice being on my own schedule. I’ve been able to sleep in, hang out with my friends, do a little Christmas shopping, and relax. Not to mention, there have been some great t.v. marathons – Law and Order: SVU anyone? I’ve also been able to catch some movies and re-watch some of Game of Thrones in preparation for the third season in March. This has been a much-needed break.

Even though I feel that winter break has been going pretty slowly, there’s only about two weeks left until school starts again. For those high schools seniors reading this, you may have just submitted your application for Early Decision II or about to submit your Regular...

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January 7, 2013

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

Happy New Year! So, four years ago the powers that be converged at the best theater on earth and created an annual alumni show; a performance of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) to raise money for the alumni group’s summer season. I was in the first all-female cast last year, and this year I joined up again as an assistant stage manager/properties person.

Needless to say, it has been an awesome experience, and I’m so glad I got to do it again. If it works out I’d love to make my directorial debut, hopefully with a friend as co-pilot, and direct it next year, but we shall...
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