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November 5, 2012

Blogger: Caitlin Fein

We’ve all heard about how great Oxy’s location is. Our parents have told us, our peers, even the administration during the college application process. Twenty minutes to anywhere in LA, we were told, but many of us just stay on campus most weekends wondering what to do. Even I fall into this pattern, and I am an LA native with a car! Over fall break I decided that enough was enough. I was going to take that extra time to explore a new part of LA and see if Oxy was as convenient as it claimed. Spoiler alert: the answer is yes! In twenty minutes I got to the Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood, an improv troupe started by Amy Poehler. Yes, the Leslie Knope has her own improv troupe, and yes, famous comedians like Michael Cera and Aziz Ansari perform there sometimes. The show was hilarious and...

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October 31, 2012

Blogger: Abby Chin-Martin

I’ve been in Brighton, England for a little more than a month now! I’ve had sufficient time to become quite situated and I’m having the most incredible time!

Brighton is a little city one hour south of London on the seacoast. It’s a perfect town for college students and is well known for the Brighton Pier. I’ve already been to the pier a couple times and always have a great time riding the rollercoaster or playing arcade games.

Just the other week, my flatmates and I went into Brighton (a 15 minute bus ride from campus) and had fish and chips while sitting on the beach. It was a perfect day!...

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October 29, 2012

Blogger: Laurel Cox

Hello all!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? For those of you who don’t know me, I am Laurel, a junior (yikes!) here at Oxy. I am majoring in history and minoring in philosophy, though I’ve dabbled in a lot of different subjects in my 2.25 years here. One of my friends said “they made her pick a major.” Anyway, moving on!

Last week was fall break, which meant two days of delicious luxuriating in bed, for me. I also went up to Santa Barbara with my Dad, which was quite nice! I’ve wanted to go there ever since I started watching Psyche, which is a great show.  Other than sleeping and Santa Barbara-ing, fall break signals that the semester is half way finished. (Or half way un-finished, if you’re a pessimist...

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October 27, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

(Belated) welcome back! For me, too.

So, I studied abroad second semester last year, which was quite possibly the most awesome thing ever. Like, ever. I’ll go over some of the (minor) complaints I had and then get into the awesome.

I studied abroad in Japan, which is where I’ve wanted to be my entire life. Occidental’s study abroad program there is through a college called Tokyo International University, and I’ll have to say that the academic electives I took there were probably some of the most boring/least useful classes I’ve ever taken in my life. So not only did I waste a ton of learning-time, I also came back to my senior year with the worst case of senioritis in the history of ever.

That said, it didn’t take long for me to get...

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October 26, 2012

Blogger: Jill Marucut


I'm Jill Marucut, a junior at Oxy and a newly declared Politics Major. Although I'm technically enrolled at Oxy as a full-time student, I am currently earning full academic credit by participating in Oxy’s unique program - Campaign Semester.

Campaign Semester, a program active during election years, allows students to work full-time on a campaign while gaining academic credit and being enrolled as a full-time student.

Participating in Campaign Semester is very simple. The student can choose which swing state he or she is interested in working and which congressional candidate or presidential candidate he or she wants to promote. The student is expected to start working on/before the first day of school at Oxy, and is later expected to return to campus to...

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October 24, 2012

Blogger: Kristin Feinberg

Hello Tigers and Future Tigers alike! 

My name is Kristin Feinberg and this is my first admissions blog post! As for an introduction, I am a second year from Haverford, Pennsylvania. I'm currently undeclared but I am planning on declaring Sociology as my major this spring. I play defense on the women's varsity lacrosse team and write for HerCampus Oxy. I'm usually seen on the turf (playing or cheering on whatever team is there), in Rangeview (my lovely dorm!), or in the comfy green chairs in the Academic Commons.

As it is mid-term time I am, indeed, in the lovely Mary Norton Clapp Library within the Academic Commons. Wait it's mid-term time?! IT'S MID OCTOBER ALREADY!? AH! When did that happen? Time really does go by quickly...

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October 22, 2012

Blogger: Enrique Aguilar

Picture this, you are lying down on your twin bed, listening to music, and relaxing because midterm week (I’ll talk about that later…oyy) is almost over. Sounds relaxing, right? Right. Now, picture yourself arriving at LAX with one of your parents with no hotel room reserved, no transportation, nor even the slightest clue of where to go. Sounds scary, right? RIGHT. Exactly two months ago, that was me... and my mom. My dad decided to let us discover on our own that we needed him to plan out the entire trip for us. Given that my mother and I are both the most stubborn people on this planet, we decide to embark on a fun journey to California on our own. As soon as we stepped out of the airport we felt the warm air and saw the beauty of LA that everyone...

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October 20, 2012

Blogger: Mengxi (Daisy) Zhang

Hello there!

Let me introduce myself. I am Daisy Zhang (张梦溪 if by any chance you read Chinese), a first year international student from Beijing, China.

I am a prospective 3/2 Physics or Philosophy major, and I am taking Physics 106 (Waves), Philosophy 210 (Historical Intro to Philosophy), CSP13 (American Dream), and Karate this semester.

Many people have asked my “Do you feel homesick?” during these days, and my answer has not yet changed: “not at all, I am still in the honeymoon phase with America.” Life at Oxy is truly amazing.

Oxy’s International Program Office (IPO) sent all incoming international students a booklet called “Destination Occidental: Pre-Departure Guide for International Students” before we landed on the...

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October 17, 2012

Blogger: Amber Thai

Hi again!

We’re 7 weeks into the semester and I can’t believe that my freshmen year finished a few months ago. Currently, I’ve gotten back into the swing of things and have recently joined a research group. It’s exciting because I am able to get more hands on experience in a lab. Other than that, classes have kept me busy but I’m glad to be back at school. I have also continued to write to HerCampus Oxy and if you all haven’t checked it out yet, click this link!

If you’re checking Oxy out as a possible college for you, here’s a list of the some of the events if you’re interested in what’s been going on. Recently, the school’s programming board...

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October 16, 2012

Blogger: Amalia Frick

Hello! I’m a new blogger, so I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and decided to come to LA because I wasn’t enjoying sub-zero winters. I also have an overwhelming love of palm trees. Oxy was my choice because I was interested in the options for majors, but the thing that solidified my decision was the people that I met while visiting campus. I am currently a senior ECLS (English and Comparative Literary Studies) major, and a CTSJ minor (Critical Theories and Social Justice). Some say I’m studying ETCSJCLS, and attempting to formulate the most obscure area of study possible, but my dream is to be a book Editor, and editors need to read a lot! Last semester I studied in Bristol, England, where I re-affirmed my dislike of...

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