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December 19, 2012

Blogger: Maddy Farkas



Hello! It’s a slightly more chipmunk’d version of Maddy here, reporting for duty. While I’m sure my parents are thankful that this wisdom teeth removal surgery has inhibited my ability to burst out singing the “Book of Mormon” soundtrack, I’m personally thankful that I still have my Admissions blog to come to for the purpose of mindless drivel. And there’s not much else to do while sitting on the couch surrounded by pudding and Advil.

When I was notified that this would be the week that Early Decision I applicants would receive their letters, I could not wait to write my blog post. For those of you that don’t know, I applied to Oxy through Early Decision and my letter came...

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December 18, 2012

Blogger: Aja Sanneh

Hey All!

I'm writing on the happier side of finals--I'm done! It was one of the more stressful finals seasons to date--multiple papers over 15 pages, several under 10, and a senior comps presentation almost made my brain explode.
But now that is all done, and I have winter break to look forward to.  I've celebrated by going to Santa Monica, the Grammy Museum, and one of the local bars for dinner.  
As for my classes this past semester, one of my more challenging classes this semester was a religious studies class called, "Turkey:...
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December 4, 2012

Blogger: Abigail Chin-Martin


My time here in Brighton is really winding down. I have about two weeks of classes left, and then on December 14th I’m jetting off to explore Madrid, Brussels, and Paris. I’m so incredibly excited! I fly home on December 24th and arrive in Seattle at 11:45 PM. Just in time for Christmas. I don’t know how happy my mom is with me for this.

My experience at University of Sussex has been wonderful, but I haven’t truly taken advantage of the fact that I’m just a few hours (maximum) from any European country! I have yet to leave England, but I can say quite assuredly that I have experienced A LOT of English...

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December 3, 2012

Blogger: Laurel Cox


Hello all, and Happy December!

I can’t believe that it’s already the last week of classes. I keep asking myself where the semester went?! It’s hard to accept that in about a week I’ll have to say goodbye to all my friends and professors, some of which I may never see again (because they’re graduating—what?!).  It’s been quite a strange semester for me, the most significant of which was my biennial trip to the ER. I unfortunately had a kidney infection, but what can you do? At least I have kidneys, right? Anyway, it wasn’t fun, but I assure all of you out there who are concerned about their own potential health emergencies that I was well taken care of at the Glendale Adventist Hospital...

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December 2, 2012

Blogger: Madi Tsuji


It’s hard to believe that it’s been three months since my last blog post, and that I go home in less than two weeks. So much has happened since I left Seattle, I’m not sure where to start. If you’ve been following my personal travel blog, you know I’ve traveled all over Italy and all over Europe. I’ve seen some of the world’s best art museums, and I’ve eaten a ton of great food. I’ve also struggled with more than one language barrier, been eaten alive by mosquitoes and other buggy little things, felt homesick, and I got my iPhone stolen. Study abroad has been the best experience of my life, but I’d be lying if I said it was all roses.

I thought study abroad would be about Rome (new friends! new city! new...

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November 30, 2012

Blogger: Jeff Leblow

Music Majors performance


Hey guys, my name is Jeff and I’m a music major!  I think that music at Oxy is probably the most under-represented major in the entire school.  I know that when I came in as a Chemistry major, I had almost no exposure to the musical opportunities available to me.  Oxy offers opportunities in music to all students, whether that be beginning piano or guitar lessons, a 100-level class about African-American music and culture, or one of our many ensembles which are open to anyone interested in music!

My emphasis is in composition and conducting, and I am a member of the Jazz Ensemble and the Oxy-Caltech Concert Band.  Some of the opportunities that I’ve had as a student in the music department have gone above and...

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November 27, 2012

Blogger: Daisy Zhang

Thanksgiving dinner with a Professor


Hi! It's Daisy (梦溪) again! It has been a few weeks since my last blog post. I know the early decision deadline is approaching, so I wish you good luck!

The last few days were Thanksgiving break at Oxy and the campus was super quiet. On Facebook everyone was posting about his or her family reunion. Coming from Beijing, China, it was unlikely that I could go back home during this rather short break. Yet it is not impossible: a Japanese first-year flew back home to Tokyo!

My Philosophy 210 Professor, Saul Traiger, invited the three international students,...

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November 26, 2012

Blogger: Kyle Beasley

Blog: Where has all the time gone


I feel as though this semester is passing me by so quickly. I cannot believe that there are only 2 weeks of classes left in the semester before final exams. It is difficult to wrap my head around the idea that I am almost done with my second year…

Class registration was a couple weeks ago and as a second-year student, registration was a breeze. In terms of getting my classes, I had no trouble whatsoever. Next semester I will be taking:

        CTSJ140 – Critical Theories of Sexuality
        EDUC141 – Community Literacy
        GEO105 – Geographic Information Science

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November 23, 2012

Blogger: Ava Martinez

students baking as stress relief

The heightened workload that comes with sophomore year is certainly impossible to ignore. This semester, I'm taking 18 units, 10 of which are 300-levels. Although it could be easy to become burnt out after studying for tests, writing research papers, and hundreds of pages of reading a week, my friends and I have been keeping the stress of sophomore year in check with various baking projects. The proximity of Target, Trader Joe's, and Fresh and Easy has made it that much easier to keep a constant supply of cookie dough and other mixes, and my friends and I find ourselves taking over the Norris kitchen at least once a week. ...

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November 20, 2012

Blogger: Sarah Sterling

Get Close to the Magic

At this point, our Admission Blog has provided you with insight into all things Oxy. Living on campus, eating on campus, activities on campus, working on campus . . . but now it’s time to talk about my favorite off-campus activity, and what is probably the most famous and alluring SoCal attraction there is: Disneyland.

Being a SoCal native, Disneyland and I have been in a deep, committed relationship for over 20 years now. I started off with the normal childhood indoctrination via Disney movies and sporadic trips to Disneyland, but, as I got older, the obsession grew out of control. When my friends at Oxy went abroad during our junior year, I opted to take a semester off to participate in the Disney College Program, a paid...

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