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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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June 9, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

I am so glad I finished junior year! I felt it was a never ending tunnel and now, come September, I will be a senior! I still can’t believe..I won’t believe it until graduation <–Fingers crossed I get there! So on to the REAL topic to this post..SUMMER!

Yeah summer hasn’t really, officially, started in L.A., but c’mon, let’s be’s always (or almost always) summer in Los Angeles. After moving out from my dorm, I came home to find my living room and dining room being remodeled (Thanks Mom!) and all of my stuff was stuck in storage in my garage, my room, my parents’ room, and even some in the kitchen (gross, I know). Well after a week or remodeling, the living room and dining were finished, but I must confess, I still haven’t fully unpacked my shhtuff. Eh, I will get it done..someday…maybe next week?

Anyways, I decided that instead of taking a class like I have been...

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June 7, 2012

Blogger: TJ

Wow summer has been very eventful thus far!  I have been blessed to have the opportunity to travel so much in such a short time!!

I started it off with a vacation to VEGAS!  What a way to start right? haha I’ve never been there before and had a great first experience there!  Right after I came back, I went on tour with the Occidental Glee Club.  Yeah that’s right!  Our glee club gets to tour around the world!  We’ve been to places such as Ireland, Bay Area, Vegas, Australia, and many other places.  This year we went on tour to Massachusetts with stops at the Cape, Boston, Cambridge, and Sherborn.  When tour ended, I got on a bus to go to NYC to dance for a few days at the Broadway Dance Center, and now I’m finally home!

This summer, I am fully dedicating myself to dance…and summer school.  I am putting a lot of work into Oxy’s first dance crew, Hyper...

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June 6, 2012

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

Hi everyone,

As the title of the post may imply, we all really did spring into summer so fast that I can barely wrap my head around the last month. Is it really already June? The last four weeks of the semester were OUT OF CONTROL with finals, projects, papers, friends, going out, staying in, spending time with seniors and friends I won’t see until 2013 (remember? I’m going abroad!), working, tanning, hiking, exploring the city, eating out, dealing with a car crash (we all survived don’t worry), and just living life (seriously, shower time took up a lot of my last 4 weeks… I mean if you go to the gym and the pool and the beach and run around in the sun a girl’s gotta rinse off!). Umm, done oversharing now.

My drive home was interesting. Since I’m going to be abroad in the fall, I didn’t want to keep things on campus in storage (I stored six 18x18x18 boxes last year. SIX.) so I stuffed everything...

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