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October 16, 2012

Blogger: Sid Saravat

What an exhilarating start to the second year it has been! It is hard to understand how fall break is already here.

Since this is my first Admission Blog post, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Siddharth (Sid) Saravat, and I am a second year Economics major with a Math minor and an avid interest in Diplomacy and World Affairs. I’m an Indian national, but I was raised in Bangkok, Thailand, before I arrived at Oxy and the United States for the first time in my life. I’m excited for the opportunity to share my experiences at Occidental College through the Admissions Blog. 

So, returning to the point, why do I still find it hard to understand how fall break is already here? First and foremost, I am being challenged in my classes. This semester includes...

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October 12, 2012

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Today is my 50th (day) anniversary of officially being at Occidental. Which, if the school was my husband and days were actually years, would be considered the Golden anniversary. I guess today was pretty special, as my friends and I just drove past President Veitch in a golf cart and he told us to come by his house to take his Oinkster order next time we make the trip. (You can hold us to that, Pres.). But as for those other 49 days…they were pretty special, too.

My name is Maddy and I’m currently a freshman at Oxy. To anyone in my class, you probably know me as “that Facebook girl.” Honestly, if I had tallied the amount of times someone came up to me during the first two weeks of school and said, “Oh my gosh, you’re Maddy Farkas from...

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October 12, 2012

Blogger: Katherine Carey

Oxy’s internship program at the United Nations was one of the things that first attracted me to the school.  It was one of the things I intended to do for my entire Oxy career, until the application deadline got closer and I got a little scared of what it would be like to “miss” half of senior year, especially after going abroad fall of my junior year.  Yet even during the application and preparation process, while doing my summer reading, and when finding out about my placement at UN Women, the whole thing did not seem real.  And to tell you the truth, even though I’m here now, and have been for over a month (OMG!), I still have to pinch myself sometimes to remember that this is actually my life.

The calendar says that 38 days have passed since I...

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October 5, 2012

Blogger: Ava Martinez

Hello prospective students/whoever else has ventured onto the admissions blog!

In case you are new to reading about my experience at Oxy, I'll take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Ava Martinez, and I am a sophomore Psychology and Art History and the Visual Arts double major from San Francisco, CA. This semester, I am taking Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Asian Art, Health Psychology, 19th Century Art, and Book Arts: Letterpress. I am also involved in Delta Omicron Tau Sorority, Quidditch, Dance Production (Irish and Swing dancing), and am in the process of starting a new service club called Cupcakes for Children (I'll talk more about that later.). So far, this semester has been busy, but definitely a lot of fun...

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October 4, 2012

Blogger: Kyle Beasley


Hello all! Allow for me to reintroduce myself. My name is Kyle Beasley and I am second year student from Riverside, California. I am a recently declared Economics major with a possible double major in Urban & Environmental Policy. On campus I am involved with the Dean’s Advisory Council, the Student-Alumni Relations Committee, and am the historian for the Black Student Alliance here at Occidental.

Since being back on campus, a lot has been going on. I am a lot busier than I was last year with classes and extracurricular activities, but I find that when I have a routine I am much more productive. Finding something to do in my spare time isn’t too difficult though.

In Los Angeles, there are a lot of things to do and get involved...

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October 1, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

So apparently there was this concert/dance on campus last weekend called GLOW. Even though my email inbox was assaulted with reminders about the party, I knew it was not really my cup of tea (party). Instead, a friend and I got in the car and decided to make Friday night an evening full of things we’ve wanted to do in L.A. but hadn’t gotten the chance to yet—a mini adventure if you will.

Originally from back east in Connecticut, I’ve lived in the City of Angels for three-going-on-four years now. Whenever I go home to visit, one of things I always do is grab Chinese food. My fellow east coast friends in L.A. all agree: east coast Chinese food is distinctly different (and some argue, better) than...

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September 26, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

Hasta luego Oxy y los Estados Unidos!

This may be the longest blog I will write, but that is because I am packing it with stories and experiences from my time abroad! I am currently studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain, which is a really small town in the western part of Spain, close to Portugal. I chose this location (with the help of our International Programs Office) because of the small city, the lively nightlife, and because it is known to have the purest form of the Spanish language. Now, being a native Spanish speaker, I thought it was going to be easy, but NO - it is not easy! I learned Spanish at home and from a different country (my parents being from Guatemala) and a lot of Spanish words are useless in Spain because they don’t understand it....

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September 19, 2012

Blogger: Aja Sanneh

hey all-
im back from study abroad in spain, and although i miss tapas, a thrilling nightlife, and buildings older than the united states constitution, i love being back home.  
this summer i traveled a bit, did an internship at a production company for reality television, went to a friends wedding, and began studying for the lsat. the past 7 months have been an amazing blur, but now its time to knuckle down and make the most of my last year at school.
it wasnt until i was thousands of miles east, and 9 hours ahead did i realize how much i love the...
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September 16, 2012

Blogger: Sarah Sterling

If there is one thing you should know about my life at Oxy, it is that every social event in my life is centered on food. Whether it’s a quick snack before class, dinner and drinks for a friend’s birthday, or cooking a meal with my roommates—we are all always eating.

One aspect of life at Occidental that initially got me excited to go to school here was the mandatory 3-years of on campus living. Some people aren’t excited about living on campus for so long, but I thought it sounded fun and would make my entire college experience easier and more community based. BUT, before I committed to Oxy I made sure that if I was going to live on campus for that long that there would be delicious food available to me at all times. And for 3 happy...

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September 10, 2012

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

Hi prospective students and parents!

I’m Madi Tsuji, a junior psychology major and sister of Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha. I’ve blogged in years past, but this semester is special because I am currently abroad in Rome, Italy!

Here’s a little bit about my program:

Oxy has a longstanding relationship with Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and Oxy regularly sends students studying abroad to Trinity College’s Rome Campus. This semester there are six Oxy students in Rome. Students are housed in a hotel that Trinity rents out rooms from, or they are housed in the convent where they live among the nuns. Meals and classes are in the convent, and we also have a library facility with additional classroom space. I’m living in the hotel, and though my single room is...

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