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October 2, 2011

Junior year started off really busy and hectic! First was getting used to my busy schedule; I had class every day, Thursday being the packed one, and then I had work for 3 hours. Aside from work and school, I also had to juggle family life and Greek life.  To update people on things, my cousin had her first baby and it was a very exciting thing especially since all my other cousins (who had children) had them in Guatemala. See my parents are from Guatemala and most of our relatives still live there so I have not really been involved in my cousins’ life so having my cousin here with a baby is exciting. I haven’t been around babies so I was a little hesitant to hold her but once I did, I didn’t want to let her go. But unfortunately I had to leave her and return to school. Rush week/Informal Recruitment was the following week so everything had to be ready. Informal Recruitment is one of those weeks that you are excited about but...

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September 29, 2011

Weird title for my first post, eh? A Tribe Called Pauley happens to be the theme of the hall I am living in this year. I live in Pauley, the multicultural themed residence hall on campus. What's unique about living in Pauley as a first year is that there are not only freshman living in your hall as with the other first-year halls, but there are upperclassmen too. Don't feel intimidated to consider Pauley because there are people older than you. It really actually makes things a lot easier.  It is really nice that you can go to them when you need help or advice. Pauley is great because I feel like there is such a strong sense of community here, hence the theme of our hall (although it is also a reference to the hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest).

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September 25, 2011

Bonjour!!! So I've now been in Nantes, France for about 2.5 weeks and I'm finally starting to feel settled.  I picked Nantes instead of Paris because I wanted a more "authentic" and personalized experience--I wanted to be in a French city that was small enough that I could really get familiar and comfortable with it in just a semester, and where most people didn't readily speak English, so that I would be forced to work harder on my French.  And so far, I haven't been disappointed at all.  The city is absolutely beautifuland has a rich history that is manifested though some of its magnificent old buildings.  But it's also a modern city complete with great public transportation, tons of fashionable shops, a healthy nightlife, a huge university, and beautiful gardens, museums, theaters, and other entertainment, including a larger-than-life mechanical elephant that you can ride!!!  I...

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September 25, 2011

Before coming to college, I was told that about a month into my first semester, I might experience a "slump," a feeling that comes when the initial excitement of coming to college starts to wear off, classes start getting harder, essays are assigned, and tests are scheduled. I can honestly say that this so-called "one month slump" is a real thing. However, the good news is that it is very curable. To start off the week, my friend Maddie and I went to the Bon Iver and Other Lives concert at the Shine Auditorium on Monday. It was one of the best concert experiences I have ever had, made even better by the fact that we accidentally sat in the wrong seats, which were much better than the ones we had paid for. Luckily, the real owners of the seats never showed up.

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September 24, 2011

As an East Asian Studies/Japanese Studies double major, one can expect to be taking a relatively large proportion of Asian studies classes. Of course I know this intellectually, but somehow I forgot just how much overload 4 Asian studies classes can be. I've done this before - first semester last year in fact - but then I added Shakespeare last semester to spice things up. (Strangely enough, Shakespeare has a lot in common with... Gah! Asia, stay out of Shakespeare!) This semester though, it's all Asia, all the time, with Chinese and Japanese literature, Japanese language, and a survey of East Asian history. Not surprisingly, I find Asia even taking over my artistic life. Chinese Ghost and Love Stories prodded me to write a screenplay, and now East Asian Survey (the History course) is demanding I paint a shy, retiring Geisha peering coyly over her shoulder under a cherry blossom tree, yes, that specific.

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September 22, 2011

Armed with my new camera, I'm ready to take on Hong Kong (note the Occidental College shirt).

My first blog post of the new school year, and I'm not even at Oxy. I have the opportunity to spend this semester abroad, studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This place is quite a bit different from Oxy, and from Los Angeles in general. Let's get the obvious out of the way: I am in a foreign country, and I am reminded by that fact multiple hundreds of times per day. From the Cantonese spoken on the bus, to the fact that most of the signs I encounter are...

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September 12, 2011

Hello Again! School's only been in session for two (short) weeks, and I already feel like I've been here for a month!  Part of that probably has something to do with the fact that I've been super busy since I got here in Mid-August.  As an overview, I had Barista Training at the Green Bean, I helped at the Club Fair, I've had several Theta events, and I also decided to add a fifth class to my schedule. In case you don't know, most students at Oxy take 4 classes a semester, and in fact you can't take more than 18 credits in your first year without getting special permission.  Anyway, at some point during the first week of school, I realized that I really wanted to take a Philosophy class again this semester.  I am tentatively working towards a minor in Philosophy, but I'd not sure if I can manage it on top of a double-major.  Technically, I am still undeclared, as I haven't officially...

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September 10, 2011

The title to this blog post may seem odd, since the school year is just getting underway and but I'm "finally relaxing"? Well, it's kind of true for me! I have been back at Oxy since August 21st when I moved in to start my Orientation Team training. With 47 other O-Team leaders, I went through a week of intense training - from about 9am-10pm daily. It was so so so incredibly fun - perhaps the most fun I have had with a group of Oxy students since I joined softball last year! We learned all about how to be a good leader and group facilitator, while also getting to know over 50 new people. I went into this experience knowing maybe 3 people doing O-Team and by the last day of orientation I had 50 new, good friends. Since the last day of Orientation I have literally spent every day with O-Team leaders. We don't even plan it. Usually I just walk into the Marketplace (the dining hall) and there's a table of 6 O-Team leaders! It...

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September 9, 2011

Hey guys! I've been back at Oxy for around two weeks and it feels like I never left. I'm already back in the swing of things: going to class, seeing friends, doing homework, eating at the marketplace, and enjoying the dorm life. This year I'm living in Bell-Young; an AIR-CONDITIONED upperclassmen dorm. It's been around 100 degrees here for the last couple days and I am so thankful for my own personal AC. It was so hot yesterday, that the administration moved the location of the Involvement Fair into a more shady area to protect the fair goers from the blazing sun. The Involvement Fair is an annual event that introduces new and returning students to the many activities, organizations, and volunteer opportunities on and off campus.  This year, I signed up for a bike share program, yoga club, Oxy's...

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August 27, 2011

Hello there! I'm back! First off, I know it has been awhile since I've posted anything, and for that I am sorry.  I meant to blog over the summer, but I was waiting for something blog-worthy to happen and...it didn't.  The last month was exciting, but other than that I had a peaceful summer, to say the least.  I got to know my cat really well.  I will give you a brief overview: May: Got home. It's cold, have to pull out winter clothes. Looked at boxes.  Not unpacking (too sad). Look for jobs; not qualified.  Apply anyways. June: The job search continues.  Number of applications sent: 8. Number of replies: 0.  Still haven't unpacked. Rediscover Legend of Summer, Ocarina of Time on my computer.  Can 't get past the Fire Temple because I don't have a real controller and fall while trying to get the hammer. Reflect on my lameness.  Learn how to make Onigiri (recipe...

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