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April 5, 2011

Hi everybody! Yesterday was especially exciting for someone interested in Asian Studies. Jim and Deborah Fallows came to visit and speak at Oxy, and they came to my DWA class on Brazil, Russia, India, and China in addition to speaking in two other locations throughout the day. In case you don't know, Jim Fallows is a fairly prominent author for the Atlantic and wrote the book Postcards from Tomorrow Square, which I loved. Deborah Fallows has a PhD in linguistics and wrote the book Dreaming in Chinese, which I haven't read yet but intend to do so this summer when I have time. Anyway, the two of them came to speak. It took me about five minutes to realize that not only were these two speakers attention grabbing (at least for me), they can articulate how a lot of people from the United States feel about China and suggest intelligent ways to improve Chinese-American relations. When Jim Fallows spoke, he said that Americans...

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April 4, 2011

saw a beautiful sunset at the girl's lacrosse game studied for a spanish 102 test there was a chili's restaurant commercial shot on campus!...

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April 2, 2011

Hey everybody! And hello in particular to the new class of 2015!! Congratulations! So what's going on in my life right now? Currently, I have three research papers for three different classes, all due within the next three weeks. In my freshman seminar CSP (Narratives in Education), my research concerns the resegregation process 50 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, and the institutionalization of segregation. My Los Angeles Politics research paper concerns Measure R, a ballot measure also known as Traffic Relief (traffic is obviously a hot button topic in Los Angeles!). And my media studies research paper explores Gossip Girl's usage of transmedia (like Twitter) to communicate with a different kind of audience than viewers of earlier television programs. Aside from school work, my sorority is taking up a lot of my life too (but only in good ways). I was recently elected Secretary of my sorority, and we have a fundraiser and...

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April 1, 2011

I love college. Get your head out of the gutter, that's not an Asher Roth song, but rather a genuine feeling that I have. Like most of you, I went through 13 or so years of a prescribed education before coming to college. Don't get me wrong, before coming to Oxy I had some great teaches and some great experiences, but I've found both to be more consistent here than anywhere else I've been. If you're seriously considering Oxy, you may be attracted to it for its size - I know I was. I was fortunate enough to go to a high school with a tight student-to-teacher ratio, my average class size was around 12 students. I don't have the official average class size figures, but my personal experience so far has been classes with an average of about 20 students. This made my transition to Oxy a comfortable one.

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March 31, 2011

Hi everyone! First of all, big congratulations to everyone who got accepted to Oxy! :) Around this time last year, I was nervously awaited for college decisions to come out. I remember I kept on checking my e-mail/mail box every 10 minutes or so for the decisions! Since it's almost the end of school, I decided to share some tips/advices for your final days as high school seniors, hopefully they will be helpful!

  1. Don't slack off! I guess this would be the most frequently given piece of advice from every teacher and counselor. Even though there are only a few weeks left of high school, you should still work hard. Don't forget that second semester grades are important to Oxy, too!
  2. Thank your teachers. They have provided you with plenty of knowledge and helped you throughout high school. Get your teachers' e-mails so you can keep in touch with them and tell them how you're...
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March 30, 2011

There are five freshman dorms.  On upper campus there’s Stewie, Braun, and Pauley (the multicultural dorm), and on lower campus there’s Newcomb (the newest and nicest dorm) and Chilcott.  But don’t worry if you’re not in Newcomb or you’re on upper campus! I live in Stewie this year, and it’s been amazing.  The facilities may not be the nicest, and the couches in the common room may have a few stains, but the community is wonderful.  Stewie has an almost historical reputation as being the “party dorm”.  I’m not sure how it always turns out this way, but some how all of the residents of Stewie seem to bond together and push past the lack of air conditioning and the gross old bathrooms to have fun.  In front of Stewie is Stewie Beach, a big beautiful grass lawn that people sunbathe on, or play Frisbee on, or do homework on… the possibilities are endless. Across...

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March 27, 2011

Hello everybody!! So this week has been full of events from room draw to rats to midterms! Yes some of us still have midterms to complete, unfortunately. This past Tuesday was room draw and as frustrating as it was, I managed to get a room, a tringle! Many of you might not know what a tringle is so I will explain. A tringle is three single rooms sharing a bathroom. These tringles are located in Rangeview among the doubles. They are really spacious and fun if the other two people are your friends so I am excited for next year. Also this week my psychology professor asked me to stop by the Psychology Laboratory, known as the Rat Lab, to see if I was interested in volunteering and helping with a research project. I am not a fan of rats so at first I was creeped out, but soon I saw them as little pets. I also saw the breeding room where they had newborn rats (they are actually adorable)! So I may or may not take the volunteering job, but we will see. I...

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March 24, 2011

Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician and philosopher, once apologized to the recipient of a letter - the letter was extremely long and Pascal was sorry he did not have the time to write a short one. This week's historical tidbit is brought to you by Prof. Nina Gelbart and her excellent course, Medicine and Disease in Western Society. Anyway, I fully identify with Pascal as I have just gotten through some of the busiest weeks of my educational career. So I apologize for length of my post, but I still don't have the time to condense my thoughts. So, I hear that admission decisions are going out soon (read: tomorrow morning). That's really exciting and it makes me want to share how I felt anticipating my college acceptance letters. Oxy was the very first school I every went on a college tour of, and you always remember your first. The GPS in our rented car brought us to the front...

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March 24, 2011

Life at Oxy has been so busy since I got back from Spring Break! Luckily I have had a lot of fun activities to fill my time. Last weekend was Oxy’s Dance Production – the huge student-organized dance show that happens every year. I attended the show my first two years at Oxy, but never had the guts to audition until this year. What I love about Dance Pro is that everyone that auditions gets in to at least one dance, so everyone has a chance to get up on stage! This year I was in two dances (a tap routine to the song “Sugar Sugar” by Baby Bash and a dance hall piece to Major Lazor and Sean Kingston) and I can’t wait to be in more next year!

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March 23, 2011

Every Tuesday, the Resident Advisers in each hall put on hall spread at 10pm.  This is a time when the entire hall can gather together and take part in an activity in the common room or eat some delicious food!  In the past, my hall has put on a scavenger hunt, ice breaking games, movies, hypnosis, play with puppies, a cappella concerts, battle of the sexes, and much more!  We've had food such as pita strips, sweet potato fries, pizza, churros, brochetta, bruschetta, ramen, boba, and other delicious itemsc! Hall spreads are a great time for the community to bond together.  It is one of the benefits of living on campus: getting to know a close group of residents.  As RAs, we do many programs to build community and to educate the community.  Occidental College has a requirement that all first years and sophomores live on campus.  This is definitely to your benefit because of the relationships you will build...

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