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October 22, 2012

Blogger: Enrique Aguilar

Picture this, you are lying down on your twin bed, listening to music, and relaxing because midterm week (I’ll talk about that later…oyy) is almost over. Sounds relaxing, right? Right. Now, picture yourself arriving at LAX with one of your parents with no hotel room reserved, no transportation, nor even the slightest clue of where to go. Sounds scary, right? RIGHT. Exactly two months ago, that was me... and my mom. My dad decided to let us discover on our own that we needed him to plan out the entire trip for us. Given that my mother and I are both the most stubborn people on this planet, we decide to embark on a fun journey to California on our own. As soon as we stepped out of the airport we felt the warm air and saw the beauty of LA that everyone...

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October 20, 2012

Blogger: Mengxi (Daisy) Zhang

Hello there!

Let me introduce myself. I am Daisy Zhang (张梦溪 if by any chance you read Chinese), a first year international student from Beijing, China.

I am a prospective 3/2 Physics or Philosophy major, and I am taking Physics 106 (Waves), Philosophy 210 (Historical Intro to Philosophy), CSP13 (American Dream), and Karate this semester.

Many people have asked my “Do you feel homesick?” during these days, and my answer has not yet changed: “not at all, I am still in the honeymoon phase with America.” Life at Oxy is truly amazing.

Oxy’s International Program Office (IPO) sent all incoming international students a booklet called “Destination Occidental: Pre-Departure Guide for International Students” before we landed on the...

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October 17, 2012

Blogger: Amber Thai

Hi again!

We’re 7 weeks into the semester and I can’t believe that my freshmen year finished a few months ago. Currently, I’ve gotten back into the swing of things and have recently joined a research group. It’s exciting because I am able to get more hands on experience in a lab. Other than that, classes have kept me busy but I’m glad to be back at school. I have also continued to write to HerCampus Oxy and if you all haven’t checked it out yet, click this link!

If you’re checking Oxy out as a possible college for you, here’s a list of the some of the events if you’re interested in what’s been going on. Recently, the school’s programming board...

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October 16, 2012

Blogger: Amalia Frick

Hello! I’m a new blogger, so I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and decided to come to LA because I wasn’t enjoying sub-zero winters. I also have an overwhelming love of palm trees. Oxy was my choice because I was interested in the options for majors, but the thing that solidified my decision was the people that I met while visiting campus. I am currently a senior ECLS (English and Comparative Literary Studies) major, and a CTSJ minor (Critical Theories and Social Justice). Some say I’m studying ETCSJCLS, and attempting to formulate the most obscure area of study possible, but my dream is to be a book Editor, and editors need to read a lot! Last semester I studied in Bristol, England, where I re-affirmed my dislike of...

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October 16, 2012

Blogger: Sid Saravat

What an exhilarating start to the second year it has been! It is hard to understand how fall break is already here.

Since this is my first Admission Blog post, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Siddharth (Sid) Saravat, and I am a second year Economics major with a Math minor and an avid interest in Diplomacy and World Affairs. I’m an Indian national, but I was raised in Bangkok, Thailand, before I arrived at Oxy and the United States for the first time in my life. I’m excited for the opportunity to share my experiences at Occidental College through the Admissions Blog. 

So, returning to the point, why do I still find it hard to understand how fall break is already here? First and foremost, I am being challenged in my classes. This semester includes...

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October 12, 2012

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Today is my 50th (day) anniversary of officially being at Occidental. Which, if the school was my husband and days were actually years, would be considered the Golden anniversary. I guess today was pretty special, as my friends and I just drove past President Veitch in a golf cart and he told us to come by his house to take his Oinkster order next time we make the trip. (You can hold us to that, Pres.). But as for those other 49 days…they were pretty special, too.

My name is Maddy and I’m currently a freshman at Oxy. To anyone in my class, you probably know me as “that Facebook girl.” Honestly, if I had tallied the amount of times someone came up to me during the first two weeks of school and said, “Oh my gosh, you’re Maddy Farkas from...

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October 12, 2012

Blogger: Katherine Carey

Oxy’s internship program at the United Nations was one of the things that first attracted me to the school.  It was one of the things I intended to do for my entire Oxy career, until the application deadline got closer and I got a little scared of what it would be like to “miss” half of senior year, especially after going abroad fall of my junior year.  Yet even during the application and preparation process, while doing my summer reading, and when finding out about my placement at UN Women, the whole thing did not seem real.  And to tell you the truth, even though I’m here now, and have been for over a month (OMG!), I still have to pinch myself sometimes to remember that this is actually my life.

The calendar says that 38 days have passed since I...

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October 5, 2012

Blogger: Ava Martinez

Hello prospective students/whoever else has ventured onto the admissions blog!

In case you are new to reading about my experience at Oxy, I'll take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Ava Martinez, and I am a sophomore Psychology and Art History and the Visual Arts double major from San Francisco, CA. This semester, I am taking Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Asian Art, Health Psychology, 19th Century Art, and Book Arts: Letterpress. I am also involved in Delta Omicron Tau Sorority, Quidditch, Dance Production (Irish and Swing dancing), and am in the process of starting a new service club called Cupcakes for Children (I'll talk more about that later.). So far, this semester has been busy, but definitely a lot of fun...

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October 4, 2012

Blogger: Kyle Beasley


Hello all! Allow for me to reintroduce myself. My name is Kyle Beasley and I am second year student from Riverside, California. I am a recently declared Economics major with a possible double major in Urban & Environmental Policy. On campus I am involved with the Dean’s Advisory Council, the Student-Alumni Relations Committee, and am the historian for the Black Student Alliance here at Occidental.

Since being back on campus, a lot has been going on. I am a lot busier than I was last year with classes and extracurricular activities, but I find that when I have a routine I am much more productive. Finding something to do in my spare time isn’t too difficult though.

In Los Angeles, there are a lot of things to do and get involved...

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October 1, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

So apparently there was this concert/dance on campus last weekend called GLOW. Even though my email inbox was assaulted with reminders about the party, I knew it was not really my cup of tea (party). Instead, a friend and I got in the car and decided to make Friday night an evening full of things we’ve wanted to do in L.A. but hadn’t gotten the chance to yet—a mini adventure if you will.

Originally from back east in Connecticut, I’ve lived in the City of Angels for three-going-on-four years now. Whenever I go home to visit, one of things I always do is grab Chinese food. My fellow east coast friends in L.A. all agree: east coast Chinese food is distinctly different (and some argue, better) than...

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