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April 20, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

A couple weekends back I did something that I had no idea I would ever do: I attended an indoor football game. I played soccer all throughout elementary and middle school and I ran track in high school, but I have never been an avid sports watcher. I've been to a couple of pro and minor league games and like most Americans I'll tune into watch the Superbowl, the Olympics and World Cup--and that's it. My good friend Alex (and fellow Oxy student) is a fan superfan of indoor football, "the lowest level of pro football in the United States." He first got...

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April 20, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

As a college student the first thing you learn to do is to manage time. You have to go to class, do homework, socialize, and maybe do extra curricular activities. As the years progress there might be more stuff added to your, already, piling to do list. I have found that during my junior year I have been thrown so many other things to juggle that I didn't know if I was going to make it. One thing to know before going to college is not to sign up for all of the programs, clubs, jobs, etc that they might offer you. Choose wisely! Choose something that you enjoy, that will pay off, and that you could use in the future. For example, during my freshman year I signed up for so  many clubs and organizations and as the weeks progressed, I realized that I was not going to be able to attend all these events and meetings. I chose wisely and, although I feel that I have no time to myself these days, I feel that the organizations I am a part of will...

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April 16, 2012

Blogger: Marisha Thakker

Finals are almost upon us and so is the transition between Spring and Summer, which means bi-polar weather (not that I'm complaining). It rained most of Friday, and the campus came alive with beautiful photographic opportunities. So I grabbed my camera and decided to de-stress by taking a couple of pictures. Here are my favorite shots so far:


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April 10, 2012

Blogger: Abby Chin-Martin

The typical student at Oxy will take 16 units each semester. That's four 4-unit classes.  The last few semesters, though, I've taken 18 units because I've tacked on a fun 2-unit class to the rest of my courses. I will now give you a brief overview of a few of them. Art 327 - Book Arts/Letterpress Printing

  • I'm taking this class right now, and I love it. We meet once a week and have been learning how to use the giant old fashioned letter printing press.  It's been great to have the opportunity to relax and do some art in the midst of my crazy week! Here's a birthday card I made when we did linoleum prints:  

Education 140 - Community Literacy

  • This class was one of my favorite 2-unit...
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April 10, 2012

Blogger: Laurel Cecile Cox

no, not that kind of Lull, but I am in the market for a good forklift.

Greetings and Salutaions! What is this? I'm posting within eight days of my last post? surely you jest! What's the world coming to? It's coming to a theatre near you. No, but seriously, what's going on? Well, a lot of things, actually, none of which I even so much as alluded to in my previous post. This week features an event that rarely occurs in my life: a lull.  But not in a bad way!  Quite the contrary: I'm grateful for the slight repose because it means that I get to fill my time with other activities I...

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April 10, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

Hello and hail from Japaaaaan! Yes, I finally made it! I am here! And it is awesome. First off, you must know that I am still quite silly with the first stage of culture shock (the honeymoon phase, where everything is awesome) and a liiiittle bit of lingering jet lag that has me waking up at 5:00am and feeling like the walking dead around 3:00pm. Still, I am so happy to be here I need to share it with you!

I was very gratified to learn that my Japanese speaking ability is much better than I anticipated. Maybe taking what amounts to a semester off (my winter break was 4 months long) wasn't such a bad idea. In other ways though, my long break was very detrimental. We had our first Japanese class today, and...

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April 9, 2012

Blogger: Marisha Thakker

It's been a long, LONG week. I had two papers due, and although they were super fun to do, they still ate into my sleep time; so I'm really glad the weekend is here! One of my assignment, for my Sustainable Development class, was to research a green urbanism project anywhere in the world and then write a case study about it--so I kind of felt like Sherlock Holmes xP. Then, for my Politics 101 class I had to write a congressional district profile. I just finished the first book of the Hunger Games, so I turned the report into a report I was going to present about my district at the 75th Annual Hunger Games. It made the research a lot more fun, and it probably made my paper a lot more entertaining to read :] The first two weeks after Spring Break always feel insanely busy, and I'm glad I have a breather before we hit finals. I know, I know--everyone is saying finals are a month away, but that's just four weeks and I need to get started...

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April 9, 2012

Blogger: Kyle Beasley

A lot has been going on. A couple weeks back, we had room draw for people who are choosing to live in multicultural housing for the 2012-2013 school year. Next year, I’ll be living in Pauley with one of the coolest people and one of my best friends here at Oxy.  I’m definitely excited to live in a double next year because I kind of missed out on the whole having a roommate thing. This year, as a freshman, I am living in a single. It has its perks, but I am definitely looking forward to next year.  Aside from that, there were quite a bit of campus-wide events going on.

Dance Production:

DANCE PRO. The show was great. The dance styles ranged from Belly dancing to Broadway to Hip Hop. The show featured about a hundred or so dancers. They all worked so hard all year and it was nice to see the culmination of it all.

Spring Fest:

Last Friday was Springfest here on the...

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April 6, 2012

Blogger: Frances Power

What you should do as an Occidental College student: GO TO THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER. I found these awesome people WAY too late in my time at Oxy. As I've been going through the process of applying for jobs as a second semester senior, I've realized I needed help. Some serious help.

Luckily, at Oxy we have the Career Development Center (CDC - not the Center for Disease Control!). We had mock interviews tonight with distinguished (and very helpful!) alumni. All of them were very friendly, but it gave the students some GREAT ideas on how to prepare for an interview.

The CDC is helpful for all students, regardless of their year! They have great internship information for your summers and great connections that you should start forming before you get to senior year. So even if graduation seems like a long ways away, go visit the CDC! They are friendly, kind, considerate, and have TONS of useful information.

Don't do what...

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April 4, 2012

Blogger: Amber Thai

After reading through the problem set that I had for Chemistry, I looked up at the headline that I neglected to read which stated that I only had a couple of weeks left until finals and that I should hang on tight until school got out for summer. That made my heart stop a little because I can't believe that it's been a year since I've heard back from colleges. I distinctly remember receiving my package in the mail from Oxy around March 24th, 2011 because I slightly freaked out that my friend had received hers before mine. Typical, hehe. My friends that are currently enjoying their last year in high school are barely choosing between their college choices and it's fun watching them break a sweat. If they happen to call me, I always remind them to stay stress-free. It's the easiest thing to do if you just let it happen. It makes things a lot better to deal with. I realized that at the end of the day, no matter how hectic or bad it...

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