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March 14, 2011

Hello all! This past week, while most of the Oxy community was at home or off on some sort of adventure, I was here in Eagle Rock! I was pretty much the only person in my dorm, or so it felt. We had ten softball games over the course of the ten days. We won six of the ten games including our first away victory! Our coaches were nice enough to give us Monday and Wednesday off (we had games Tuesday & Thursday in addition to the weekends). On Wednesday most of the team headed to Huntington Beach where we rested, did some homework, and played some beach volleyball. I, of course, got sunburned (this is not a rare occurrence in my life...) but it was really fun! I also got to go out to dinner a few times over the week with some of the baseball players (one of the few other teams still on campus). We went to IHOP, Chipotle, Mulberry Street Pizzeria #2, and Spitz. I have to say I really liked Spitz! I have a friend who works there so now that I know I like... Read More

March 13, 2011

The recent national disaster in Japan (and the chaos spreading through the rest of the world) reignited my belief about how powerless we really are. As I watched it unfold on the news, it looked like something out of an apocalyptic movie. My prayers go out to all those suffering the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and potential nuclear meltdown. Sitting in Nevada on spring break, I should have felt safe, but I didn't, because the event brought to the forefront what I'd always believed- there is really nowhere to run. The world is shrinking in more ways than we can imagine. There is no alternative to saving the planet because its the only one we've got. A lot of people argue that humans will develop the technology required to survive anything- I wonder what we're going to develop if we don't have a planet left. Events like this shake our lives into perspective-problems that seemed unsolvable become much smaller, and I realized...

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March 13, 2011

I cannot believe its less than a week to showtime! We've been working since October 2010 and its finally here! When I auditioned to be a choreographer, I never imagined it would become such an integral part of my life. I'm choreographing the Bollywood piece and flew all the costumes out from India for the performance :) It's so weird to teach people who don't understand the lyrics how to dance Bollywood! I had to break the entire dance into counts, which is something I've never done before...and I've been dancing since I was 6! It's kind of bittersweet though, because after March 19, Dance Production will be over, and I'm so sure I'm going to go into Dance Pro withdrawal because I will miss it so much. This week is going to be so busy with Tech rehearsals and everything O.o however *appear Gloria Gaynor* I will survive :) T-6 days. (Yes, "it's the final countdown" and Europe is playing in the...

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March 13, 2011

I turned 19 on the 18th of February, and it was the first time I didn’t have my family around to celebrate my birthday. I can’t say I didn’t have an amazing birthday, though. Oxy has a rather famed tradition to celebrate birthdays- the lucky person whose birthday it is is thrown into the main fountain at midnight. Now, this would be a lot of fun (and it was, despite the following complaints) if it wasn’t February. I’m an Aquarius (despite the 13th star sign, SCORE!) and proud, but this was the one time I wished I was born in July. Or some other warm summer month. A group of my friends dutifully threw me into the fountain, and I swear I nearly froze. The water was probably 8 degrees Celsius (that’s about 45 degrees Fahrenheit). I did get a hot chocolate after I was soaked, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt that cold in my life (and I’ve been to the top of Mt. Jungfrau in...

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March 7, 2011

It’s that time that some of us students look forward to, or don’t. This past week was midterms for most of us, but luckily our reward for getting through the week was and is spring break! Yes, spring break the time when we all decide to take trips or just return home to be with our families. Like I mentioned in my previous post I am a family person and I decided that this year I was spending spring break with my family, at home. My plan for the week-long break is to hang out and sleep. Sleep is the best thing to do during break after those long, sleepless nights, and/or all-nighters. Aside from spending time with my family and sleeping, I will also be practicing for the most intimidating test on Earth, the behind-the-wheel driving test. Ah yes, those fond memories of driving with a stranger staring at you and judging your driving skills. Oh did I not mention that I have not received my license? I know I am old and I should have taken this...

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March 3, 2011

The past two weeks have been pretty busy for me because I've had some big econ exams, but luckily Oxy gave me the perfect break from reality. Last week our Office of Student Life organized Mafia, an elimination game consisting of 33 mafia "families." Each family had eight students, so I created a team with seven of my close friends. We spent the week sneaking around campus with water guns, hoping to find other players to douse with water. We also took on several secret missions, such as finding clues hidden around campus. This game was the perfect study break for me, allowing me to escape the library every once in a while to hang out with my friends. Our hard work paid off - we got 2nd place in the game and each won a Visa gift card! Unfortunately, I'm still a little paranoid that someone is going to jump out of a bush with a squirt gun, but I think this side effect will wear off soon. This week I've been back to my usual...

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March 2, 2011

For all those who are interested in dance, Oxy's dance community has grown tremendously in the past few years!

Pulse is Oxy's Hip Hop Group.  It consists of various student choreographers who teach classes Monday nights.  There is a beginner class at 8pm, then an intermediate 9pm.  The level of dancers consists of people who have taken professional classes in Los Angeles, to beginning dancers who have never taken a class.  Occasionally, Pulse even sponsors famous choreographers to come teach such as Tony Czar who choreographed with Britney Spears!

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March 2, 2011

I’m in shock that freshman year is almost over!  When I think back a year ago, I was knee deep in college apps and had no idea what I wanted to do. It’s incredible how much I’ve achieved and experienced in such a short amount of time.  Here’s a little synopsis of what’s been keeping me busy here on campus:

  • Intramural soccer: I played club soccer for nearly eight years before going to college.  I made the decision not to try out for the girl’s soccer team because I realized that I wasn’t ready to make the huge time commitment of being on a college level team.  Luckily, Oxy offers intramural 5v5 soccer in the spring.  My friends and I created a team and had our first game two weeks ago.  As soon as we got to the field, I realized that our team was the only team with girls on it.  We aren’t even a completely female team! We have four guys and four girls. But...
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March 1, 2011

No matter what college-like institution you end up at, there are certain items you really shouldn't underestimate.  I've compiled a list of things that come to mind, times when I thought to myself, "Golly, I really need right now." 1. FEBREEZE Whether you are of the male or female persuasion, Febreeze is a must-have.  Really.  Laundry takes a lot of time to do, it's expensive, and frankly, it's just not worth hauling all of my clothes down three floors, only to have my hopes crushed when all five of the washers are taken.  So if it smells okay, and it's not too wrinkly, just Febreeze that bad boy and you're good to go.  Now, I have to say this: use discretion when you Febreeze.  There are some scents that just can't be masked. 'Nuff said. 2. Sunglasses I started out the year with a pair, and somehow they've...

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February 28, 2011

As midterm week draws nearer and the dread begins to fill my being for this hellish week to come, I try to remind myself regularly that this could be worse. It could be finals week. Spring break could be later in March. I could be doing organic chemistry. That kind of thing. This week, the week before finals, and finals week tend to be the only truly difficult weeks for me at Oxy, if only because for a couple classes, the work concentrates into those weeks - you know the drill, final papers and the like. Fortunately, karate testing doesn't happen until the end of April. I really need the next two months to work on my kata, especially since I was in China last semester. We've got a tournament coming up, but I don't think I'm going to participate; I did once as a white belt, and since I've had the combination of being absent last semester and a couple of annoying injuries that come and go when they feel like it, it's...

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