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May 22, 2012

Blogger: Frances Power

Hi everyone,

I assume like most seniors my last few weeks have been completely insane in a good way. I just finished moving out of the dorms on Sunday and spent yesterday morning with family. One of my "errands" yesterday was officially accepting a job!

I will be working in a city in China near Shanghai, along the bullet train route between Shanghai and Nanjing. My job will be working as a college counseling intern with DiPont Education, providing support to the college counselors and helping Chinese students who want to attend college in the United States. It's a GREAT opportunity, and I'm very excited, but I also have to say goodbye to all the family and friends who I won't be able to see for at least a year, so in some ways it's bittersweet.

I suppose this will be my last post; I have a lot of work to do in the next couple of months before I start. My four years at Oxy have come to an end in a great way...

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May 15, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

As you may or may not know, my host family consists of two parents, three siblings, and a dog.

So, while my Japanese is improving rapidly (by my standards) I'm still not at a conversational level most of the time, particularly at home where I mostly spout single-words and hope they get the message. My relationship with my host siblings is kind of strange because a) they don't speak a word of English, and b) they're all teenagers and I'm very much an interloper. They're also all super busy, particularly the boys, so I rarely if ever see them around (I can go days without seeing my oldest host brother).

Until this weekend I basically only talked to my host mom, maybe my host sister every once in a...

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May 6, 2012

Blogger: Aja Sanneh

on the first of may, spain had its labor day.

everyone had work off. a group of friends and i hiked an hour uphill and shared dishes from our respective countries--in my homestay, we arent allowed to use the stove so i brought coca-cola. classically marketed american. in all, we were over 40 people from 12 countries from north, central, and south america, europe, and the nordic and scandinavian countries.

we differed in appearance, mindset, political affiliations, and languages. but we shared our thoughts, card games, food, and of course soccer/fútbol under the spanish sun.

getting back down the mountain, we got lost for about 40 minutes, but with fearless leading and good attitudes, we made it down. a great end to a great international day.

enjoy the spring! -aja

May 6, 2012

Blogger: TJ

Finals week starts tomorrow!!!! A tough semester is coming to an end.  I'm sure we are all excited to get this week over with and get to summer!  How finals here works is you usually get one or two reading days as well as the weekend to study.  Then over the course of the upcoming week, you have your finals.  There are three sessions each day Monday through Saturday (Saturday usually only has 2 sessions) Hopefully they are spread out, but sometimes you just get unlucky!  Finals time is kind of nice though because unlike midterms, you get the whole day off to just study for your finals.  I personally prefer finals so much more than midterms because I get to study on my own schedule and not have to do projects for other classes simultaneously.  I'm sure you don't want to read an entire post about finals so I'm going to skip to after finals...

The week after finals is senior week!  For...

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May 5, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

And here's why:

So Japanese are super into Western sweets, which I don't understand because Japanese deserts are the best thing ever, but there you have it. I guess they're just a sweet-loving culture. Anyway, so this morning I woke up to the sunniest, most beautiful day I've ever seen. It wasn't too hot either, nor むし (humid). My host mom had mentioned she wanted to go to a dessert place today, and told me the wait would be long as it is Golden Week, and today specifically is Children's Day. We drove for about an hour into the mountains. My neighborhood is fairly rural, but there is actually a downtown. Where we went makes my town...

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May 4, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

I've noticed that every time finals week rolls around teachers decide to give more and more work due on the day OF a final. I am currently working on an 8-10 pg paper due this week, not to mention a 10-15pg paper due Monday (the day of my final when I have a presentation too!), a 5-10 pg Music paper due on the day of our cumulative final, and I have a Spanish final and a Stats for Psych final to study for...really professors?! Yeah that's a little taste of junior year for all you future students! I feel so overwhelm that I cannot WAIT until Friday of next week..that is, if I survive...

Word to the wise: Be aware of what the professors put in the syllabus and plan ahead. If the syllabus says that there will be a paper and a final, think about starting it early. Also in regards to majors, if you are sure of the major you want to complete, start taking classes freshman year. Get ahead of the game.

Well that's all I can write...

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May 4, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

It's crunch time here at Occidental College. This morning I turned in the longest paper I have ever written in my academic career. Tomorrow I have a shorter paper due for my International Economics class and a slightly longer one is due for my Modern Latin American History class on Monday...which is the same day my final exams start (I'll be taking three in total). I'm not writing my paper right now though, I'm composing a blog post while screwing around with Photoshop. I was returning to my dorm room today after an event that I brought my camera to and I found this photo opportunity--so I took it.

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April 27, 2012

Blogger: Jeremy Childs

Hello again, friends! Today’s post is going to focus on some of the various creative writing opportunities for students here at Occidental. If you enjoy writing fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction, then this post is meant for you!The first opportunity I want to mention is Occidental’s annual literary contest. Each winter, the English and Comparative Literary Studies (ECLS) department holds a contest for students to win cash prizes for their original written work. The contest has three categories (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) and offers prizes of up to two hundred dollars for each one! In addition to the monetary reward, each author gets their piece published in Feast, Occidental’s Art and Literary Magazine. Along with the contest winners, Feast publishes a diverse number of other submissions from the student body. The most recent issue of the magazine was released this past...

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April 27, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

Soooooo Japan is awesome. Over the past three weeks (wow, has it already been that long!?) I've been sort of observing my progression along the road of culture shock and in-so-doing have come across some glaring dissimilarities between Japan and America. I'll give a short taste then move on to what's new this week below. Observations

  • What you think is a wide sidewalk is actually a third lane.
  • There is no such thing as sarcasm.
  • Girls wearing skirts you'd get arrested for in America are a) normal, b) not thought of as 'slutty', c) can call someone out for touching them without judgement.
  • Cute things are ...
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April 25, 2012

Blogger: Lisa Gilliland


Hello readers! Don't worry, I haven't caught a rare disease or fallen off of the earth, although it may seem like I have judging by my lack of posting! So, here's my excuse for not posting in a while: This past weekend we had our last four softball games. Our last two home games were on Friday, which also happened to be the schools 125th anniversary and the Founders Day celebration!

As you've probably heard or seen, the school had a big carnival to celebrate the anniversary, which unfortunately I missed out on because I was too busy playing 2nd base! 

The carnival had games, balloon animal makers (do they have a specific name?) face painters, henna artists, and of course a FERRIS WHEEL.


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