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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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December 27, 2012

Blogger: Laurel Cox

I can’t say I’m terribly surprised we’re all still here, truckin’ along, but I am a little relieved. To celebrate the “end of the world”, I did absolutely nothing. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. I did go to a restaurant with my family, but that was more to celebrate my brother’s graduation. My brother is all grown up now, a big-bad post graduate in a post-apocalyptic world.

In other news, I just had my birthday on Monday, so huzzah for aging! It was my last significant birthday for a while, the big 21. I celebrated by going to see the Hobbit, an unexpected journey. Incidentally, I was in Salt Lake City on a journey of my own, though this one was a little more expected. I...

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December 26, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg


So, I’ve been home for a week or so and I haven’t had a day off yet! I’ve been spending lots of time with family, or at rehearsal, and today I saw a friend of mine from elementary school. Anyway, I got myself involved with the Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) again this year as an assistant stage manager instead of an actor this time, and it’s been eating up more time than I thought. I have absolute faith that the show will be fabulous, but we’ve only been rehearsing for a week so it’s very rough. Still, it’s giving me major flashbacks to last year when I was on the other side of the house - on stage.

People keep asking me what I’m doing after graduation and it’s not like I get panicky or anything, but I really don...

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December 23, 2012

Blogger: Katherine Carey


Well, I made it.  I am back home in Sacramento after 3.5 months working at UN Women and I don’t really even know exactly what just happened to me, or how to explain it.  

Two of my best friends from Oxy came to visit during their fall break, which was wonderful.  We stayed in a hotel, ate lots of yummy food, did some sightseeing and exploring around the city, including visiting the Statue of Liberty, and saw The Lion King on Broadway, which was amazing.  (I highly recommend seeing it for anyone who hasn’t--I wasn’t sure how they were going to translate a classic movie to the stage, but they did a phenomenal job.  It is Disney, after all.)  Later in October, one of my best friends from...

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December 20, 2012

Blogger: Ava Martinez


Happy Holidays! Congrats to all the admitted Early Decision 1 applicants and good luck for those of you still finishing apps. I hope you all are having a wonderful winter break, I certainly am! I arrived in Bawjiase, Ghana on Friday night, after making it through three flights (total of 20 hours) and a two-hour cab ride. As those of you who have read my previous posts may remember, I had a really great time volunteering at an orphanage here this summer, and couldn't wait to get back!

It's so good to be back, and it was a particularly great feeling to have everyone from staff members to the kids to a number of shopkeepers in town remember me and welcome me very warmly. My first couple of days here were kind of...

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