Argh, my first post got deleted! Here's what I could remember from what I said previously... I send out good wishes to the Japanese people, and I hope everyone's relatives and friends safe and healthy. My friend, who was working in Japan through the JET program, just returned home tonight, and I'm happy I get to see him tomorrow, but I wish it were under better circumstances. I believe all of the students currently studying abroad in Tokyo are on their way home as well. We covered issues relating to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in both ecology and modern Japan today. In ecology, Professor Braker covered environmental and health issues relating to nuclear...Read More
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March 18, 2011
March 17, 2011
Hi there, I have some exciting news to report ... I got in to grad school! If you happened to have read my bio then you know that I am a physics major. Initially I had planned on taking advantage of the 3-2 program with Columbia University, but I decided that I wanted to instead take elective courses (Chicano literature, Spanish film and theatre, History of the Holocaust) that I wouldn't be able to take again. Last summer I started looking into graduate programs in mechanical engineering. I decided to apply to UPenn, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and Columbia. As of this week I have been accepted to both UPenn and Carnegie Mellon. Now begins the tough process if deciding where I want to be for the next two years. As I hear back from more schools I'll keep you updated. -NoahRead More
March 16, 2011
As it is in sports, sometimes you’re the underdog. Recently on campus, that hasn’t been such a bad thing. About a month ago, I drove to Northridge to watch Oxy’s women’s water polo team take on a nationally ranked Division 1 Cal State Bakersfield squad in the pouring rain. Bakersfield was heavily favored in the match up, but our lady Tigers came away with a stunning 13-12 overtime win that kept everyone on campus buzzing for a couple of days. Two weeks later, they took down Villanova, another Division 1 team, at home under the lights and in front of a screaming Tigers crowd. And then, just four days later, during spring break, the women’s lacrosse team got in on the mix, picking up their first win of the season by upsetting east coast powerhouse Emerson College 15-7 on the turf at Oxy in a game I announced and lost my voice from because I was so excited. I ended up spending the rest of vacation sipping green tea and...Read More
March 15, 2011
March 15, 2011
Hi everyone! Spring break was very relaxing! My friend (and fellow Alpha pledge) Audrianna and I went down to Del Mar for a few nights to get some sun, which was so nice! And I am finally reunited with all my wonderful friends and my darling roommates! But break is over and it's back to reality at Oxy.
This is the very beautiful Del Mar beach.
The next six weeks are going to be crazy for me, between regular homework, midterms, quizzes, presentations, essays, research papers, mixers, socials, Relay for Life, family visits, birthdays, meetings, sports events, fundraisers, shows, registration, and Room Draw! It'll be so fun, but my calendar is absolutely packed right now and I'm definitely already feeling the end-of-semester stress coming...Read More
March 14, 2011
March 13, 2011
The recent national disaster in Japan (and the chaos spreading through the rest of the world) reignited my belief about how powerless we really are. As I watched it unfold on the news, it looked like something out of an apocalyptic movie. My prayers go out to all those suffering the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and potential nuclear meltdown. Sitting in Nevada on spring break, I should have felt safe, but I didn't, because the event brought to the forefront what I'd always believed- there is really nowhere to run. The world is shrinking in more ways than we can imagine. There is no alternative to saving the planet because its the only one we've got. A lot of people argue that humans will develop the technology required to survive anything- I wonder what we're going to develop if we don't have a planet left. Events like this shake our lives into perspective-problems that seemed unsolvable become much smaller, and I realized...Read More
March 13, 2011
I cannot believe its less than a week to showtime! We've been working since October 2010 and its finally here! When I auditioned to be a choreographer, I never imagined it would become such an integral part of my life. I'm choreographing the Bollywood piece and flew all the costumes out from India for the performance :) It's so weird to teach people who don't understand the lyrics how to dance Bollywood! I had to break the entire dance into counts, which is something I've never done before...and I've been dancing since I was 6! It's kind of bittersweet though, because after March 19, Dance Production will be over, and I'm so sure I'm going to go into Dance Pro withdrawal because I will miss it so much. This week is going to be so busy with Tech rehearsals and everything O.o however *appear Gloria Gaynor* I will survive :) T-6 days. (Yes, "it's the final countdown" and Europe is playing in the...Read More
March 13, 2011
I turned 19 on the 18th of February, and it was the first time I didn’t have my family around to celebrate my birthday. I can’t say I didn’t have an amazing birthday, though. Oxy has a rather famed tradition to celebrate birthdays- the lucky person whose birthday it is is thrown into the main fountain at midnight. Now, this would be a lot of fun (and it was, despite the following complaints) if it wasn’t February. I’m an Aquarius (despite the 13th star sign, SCORE!) and proud, but this was the one time I wished I was born in July. Or some other warm summer month. A group of my friends dutifully threw me into the fountain, and I swear I nearly froze. The water was probably 8 degrees Celsius (that’s about 45 degrees Fahrenheit). I did get a hot chocolate after I was soaked, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt that cold in my life (and I’ve been to the top of Mt. Jungfrau in...Read More
March 7, 2011
It’s that time that some of us students look forward to, or don’t. This past week was midterms for most of us, but luckily our reward for getting through the week was and is spring break! Yes, spring break the time when we all decide to take trips or just return home to be with our families. Like I mentioned in my previous post I am a family person and I decided that this year I was spending spring break with my family, at home. My plan for the week-long break is to hang out and sleep. Sleep is the best thing to do during break after those long, sleepless nights, and/or all-nighters. Aside from spending time with my family and sleeping, I will also be practicing for the most intimidating test on Earth, the behind-the-wheel driving test. Ah yes, those fond memories of driving with a stranger staring at you and judging your driving skills. Oh did I not mention that I have not received my license? I know I am old and I should have taken this...Read More