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June 11, 2011

... Well, mostly easy. After a hiatus thanks to finals, tearful goodbyes, packing, then moving back home and settling in, I am back! So what have I been up to the past couple months? I moved back into my old room at home, and let me tell you - the thing is a relic. My lime green walls (yeah...) are still covered in magazine cutouts, the cute fluffy stuffed animals still fill my bookshelves (yeah...) and all the questionable high school fashion choices fill my closets (say it with me - yeah..........). It's definitely nice to have my own bathroom, but I miss my mini-fridge, the microwave, and most of all, I miss my roommates and hallmates. It's a lot of fun seeing high school friends again! My girlfriends and I have been getting coffee, eating out, seeing movies, going shopping, getting manicures, and doing all the things we loved doing back in high school. It's also fun to see people I never thought I'd see after graduation - I've...

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June 6, 2011

summer 2011: disclaimer: i am from the LA area, so my activities are centered here.  but even if you are from far away, staying in LA over the summer is something a lot of students pursue.  with research, internships, fellowships, grants, or simply a job, you can live in eagle rock and have access to all the wonders los angeles has to offer. :) 1. beach with friends ...

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May 7, 2011

As you may or may not know, this past week was our Finals week. That is the week we all dread because it is when our knowledge gets tested. Not only do we have exams, but some of us, like myself, had a final essay (5-7 pages) as well as a 12-page Research Proposal due. So as you can see it was hell for me. After staying up all night working on these papers I finally got the chance to nap and study for my back to back Psychology finals. Ahh yes I was the lucky one to get a Perception (Psych) test followed by a Research Methods for Psych exam. But what kept me going was the fact that after those exams, my summer vacation was officially a go! So now all I have to do is relax and…PACK. Packing can sometimes be fun, but not when you have to dust off the furniture, vacuum the room, and clean the bathroom. I am now behind on all those and have to check out before 10am tomorrow. Woohoo! (sarcasm). But any who, my sophomore year has ended and now I...

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April 25, 2011

Well, the beard is long gone. Our team has won only three games out of our last six, and has instead turned to “good luck Mohawks” for help. Hopefully this weekend will be better… On campus, though, things are looking up. Room draw and course registration has passed, the Prospective Student Open Houses have begun, the warm southern California weather is finally returning, and I can almost feel my junior year coming to a close. I can’t believe I’m almost three-quarters of the way through college. It’s kind of scary. For room draw and course registration, I lucked out big time. Next year I’ll be living in Wylie (my favorite dorm) with two of my friends in a triple, and next semester I’ll be taking six classes, four for full credit and two for half. My schedule will look something like this: Monday and Wednesday: Mexican Revolution 3:00-4:30 Tuesday and Thursday: Yoga 8:00-9:00 Intro to New Media 10:00-11:30 American Studies... Read More

April 21, 2011

Occidental offers a variety of student services that are very useful to students' needs.  The neat thing is that all of these services are entirely student run.  The workers are students and the managers are students.  It gives a unique opportunity to work for the school, but also take on leadership responsibilities if you would like to apply to be a manager.  Here's a list of a few of many services: Bengal Bus: You can call a van any day of the week to drive you to places around the area. La Encina:  This is the school's yearbook. The Occidental Agency:  This is a graphics design agency that allows students to publicize events by submitting requests... Read More

April 21, 2011

Wowzers it's been a long time! As expected everything is due at the end of the semester so I feel super swamped with work right now! However amid all the stress there have been some realllyyyyy fun events! Last weekend was our Sex On the Beach dance. The decorations were really nice and there were a ton of people! That day (last Saturday) was a really big one for me, because our normal second baseman (she's a senior) was in New Mexico visiting her future medical school. Since she was gone I got to play both games! And a little bit of the games on Friday too! I was really nervous, and to be honest I made a kind of silly error (but to be fair it wasn't going to be an easy play!) but after that I picked things up and made all the rest of my plays! Including one that, if I may brag about myself for a second, was a really difficult play :) So that was fun!!! Our last softball games are this Saturday! We have two against La Verne. Since it'...

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April 19, 2011

I know that when I was looking at colleges, food was a very important aspect to consider.  First off: Occidental has great food. There’s always a smorgasbord of options.  The main dining hall is called the Marketplace.  It’s open from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM every day.  You can rely on an organic salad bar, a sandwich making station, a home-style meal, delicious muffins, Naked Juice, ice cream bars, fresh fruit, and other great options every single day.  Throughout the week on alternating days, there’s a make-your-own-pasta station, a waffle-making station, an omelet bar, a stir-fry station, and a taco bar.  There are vegetarian, vegan, and nondairy items every day as well.  I love the Marketplace and have eaten MANY meals there. ...

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April 18, 2011

Hello! This is Noah checking in again. Today I wanted to share with you some thoughts about physics at Oxy. One of the main reasons why I chose Oxy was because I wanted to study physics but still be at a liberal arts college. I could not have made a better choice. The photo in this post was taken during one of my quantum mechanics classes. On the more beautiful days our teacher gives each student a slide and asks them to draw it on the sidewalk and explain it to the rest of the class. Pretty cool ... right? Studying physics at Oxy also gave me a great background for engineering. Next year I will be working on my masters at Carnegie Mellon University, and I won't have to take any prerequisites. I just get to jump right in. I hope you can tell that I loved studying physics here. Originally I was going to take part in the 3-2 program, but I just couldn't bear to leave Oxy a year early. I had a bunch of friends that did take part in it though,...

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April 14, 2011

I can't believe that there are only 3 more weeks left until summer! (Well, 4 if you consider finals week as well.) I still have a vivid image of my first day at Oxy trying to find where Johnson and Fowler were (without realizing that they are opposite of each other!) and having so much trouble unpacking all my clothes (I tend to over pack a lot), yet now it's already almost the end of the school year! These few weeks have been busy for me. Our French commentary about excerpts from the play The Bald Soprano (La Cantatrice Chauve) and our CSP research paper are due really soon. When I read the first exerpt of the play, I thought to myself: "This [the situation] is ridiculous! This can't happen for real!" The more I read, the more I began to realize that Ionesco (the play's author) creates the most ridiculous situations and actions to mock the life of bourgeoisie society and to emphasize the absurdity of...

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April 14, 2011

Well, I have officially declared myself as a double major in music and physics.  Things are really starting to pick up speed now.  I am practicing for a concert this weekend, and another one in two weeks, followed swiftly by evaluation by a few members of the music board.  This means juggling about seven pieces at once, but I am thrilled!  I have managed to fit everything into my schedule very nicely, and am still able to take care of homework. The classes this semester have been fantastic.  I especially like the set-up for my physics course; the professor will go through sample problems during the class, so we actually get to see how everything is worked out, and he welcomes questions during the process.  I am a bit nervous about next semester, truth be told.  One physics course (complete with lab) and two math classes will be a bit of a load, but I have started going to the CAE whenever I have questions on the...

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