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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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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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