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April 12, 2011

Hello there! So this past week was a little hectic with planning family events and especially Relay For Life. On Friday Occidental College held its annual Relay For Life event which is sponsored by The American Cancer Society. I took this quote off of the website so you can all know what this is about: “The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.” Relay is a 24-hour event where teams of people spend 24 hours at a field, at the football field for us, and take turns walking around the track for the whole 24 hours. Not only is this event a great way to fundraise for the cancer society but is also a great experience to bond with friends! This year Relay was special to me, not only because it was the first time I was attending it, but because...

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April 12, 2011

Hello All! Sorry I've been out of commission for so long.  I've been working on a really big research paper for my CSP.  Last time, I promised I'd talk about it, so here we are!  One of my favorite things about Oxy is the CSP program.  As a liberal arts college, Oxy is very writing intensive.  I remember I was very apprehensive and nervous over the summer about writing papers in college because I knew it was a lot more serious than it had been in high school.  If this sounds like you, don't fret!  Part of the idea behind the CSP program is to teach freshmen how to write a college paper.  That is what most of first semester in CSP is about.  The second semester CSP is meant to teach freshmen how to write a research paper.  We all have to write 10- to 12-page papers on a topic of our choice (though still related to our CSP).  I am in Animal Ethics this semester for my spring CSP, so...

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April 8, 2011

Just a quick check-in - in the midst of sending out applications for internships before I get lunch at 12. http://catalist.tv/ I was in the Catalist commercial for Muslim Students Association (MSA) with my girl Aja Sanneh - the post below me! It's the current episode (April 4, 2011). We're right at the 5-minute mark. I don't want to cut in on Aja's time to rep MSA, but I will tell you all to take a look at the commercial. Thanks Catalist!

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April 7, 2011

undergraduate research 1. undergraduate research: students work side by side over the summer on campus with professors.  they live on campus and get a stipend.  impressive, fun, productive. 2. for-credit research: students can work along side a professor and help them with research and receive credit for it. prettyyyy sweet. 3. richter: students come up with a proposal to research whatever they want, almost wherever they want.  they come up with a topic, meticulous budget and day-to-day itinerary, and contacts.  its an 8-month application process, but if you are approved, you get to spend 6-8 weeks abroad and oxy pays for all of it. ding ding, winner ...

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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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