Hey all, Spring Break is around, and the living is easy! I took the Amtrak train from LA to San Francisco, a needlessly long journey which nonetheless gave me a view of the changing scenery of California from South to North. I stopped at San Jose, where my uncle picked me up and took me to his house in Fremont. Venturing through the city and seeing all the sights was basically the coolest thing ever. San Francisco is pretty much the coolest place I've ever been. I love LA and going to school there, but I could definitely see myself settling down in San Francisco. It's like a Californized version of New York City, which basically means New York without the attitude and rush. It's hard to explain. The city is something that deserves to be photographed, and photograph it I did! Two of my friends from back home in Singapore go to the Claremont Colleges, so we traipsed through the city together and I took waay too many photos. All of the...Read More
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March 15, 2012
March 12, 2012
Hey y'all! Sorry that I haven't been posting in a while. When my advisor told me that taking a biology and chemistry class at the same time would be a challenge, she was right. However, it hasn't been overbearing and I've been able to slowly get used to the workload. My course load for spring semester has been more difficult than fall, but it has to be done :D Currently, it's spring break and most of my friends have gone home to rest over their much deserved break. I headed home and can't wait to hang out with my friends that came back to LA from Boston and New York. It's been too long since I've seen them! It was a little difficult waiting for break but I've been trying to keep busy with work. When there was free time, my friends and I have gone to the beach and hiking to the Griffith Observatory. Hiking at the the observatory leads to the Hollywood sign. Unfortunately for us, the road was blocked so we only got...Read More
March 10, 2012
It’s kind of odd to have nothing to do. I mean, relatively speaking- there is never really nothing to do in college. I’m finally on spring break, and it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Between the Holi dinner with the South Asian Students Association (free Indian food, great music by yours truly and colorful decorations everywhere? You don’t really see me complaining xP) and the Oxy -Caltech Orchestra concert, I had a great break from the papers I had to write. And of course we’re two weeks to the show for Dance Production- when did that happen? The Oxy-Caltech Orchestra is one of the many highlights of the music department. They usually have two concerts per semester and rehearse...Read More
March 9, 2012
Hello blog readers. I apologize in advance if the title of this blog post sounds too much like an analytical essay of some sort. I also want to warn you that my thought process recently has been a tad jumbled. Here's why: On Monday I went to class as always, tired and bummed cause it was a Monday, but generally excited about the last week before spring break! Around dinner time I started to get a sore throat (boo!!!) Tuesday morning I went up and went to , the health center on campus. Emmons has walk-in hours from 9-10 and 3:30-4:30 daily. The doctor that I saw told me that I had the flu, which apparently has been going around schools all over the country lately. She was incredibly sweet - at one point I felt faint and she held my hand and rubbed my back while I laid down, just like my mom would have done. I spent all of Tuesday and much of Wednesday in bed, unable to get work done or concentrate for very long, which was incredibly frustrating....Read More
March 9, 2012
March 8, 2012
hola from southern spain, granada. one of the many pleasures of studying abroad in europe is the ability to travel. ive never been to this continent, so i am taking full advantage of the relatively inexpensive ticket prices and busing/flying all about. my first trip outside of the country was to lisbon, portugal. -twelve hour over-night bus from granada to sevilla to lisbon - terrific hostel, wonderful people -snuck into a museum in the interest of our lowly budget - went to belem for tasty treats - found ourselves at an english pub - went to sintra, a city/town/mountain made for the portuguese nobility (castle upon palace upon mansion) - photographed great street art - went to the other side of the river to see the monument of jesucristo - rode a street cart - got lost a lot - learned a bit of portuguese - went to a jazz bar with classic porto. enjoy the photos! [gallery columns="4"]Read More
March 7, 2012
Wow!! I just got accepted to study abroad in the fall of next school year! I am so incredibly excited! I will be studying psychology at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. The International Program Office sent out an email last month saying that acceptances wouldn't be sent out until after Spring Break, but I guess they decided to surprise us! My Facebook newsfeed is full of people's statuses about studying abroad next year. So far, I've seen statuses for Morocco, Australia, Rome, Spain, France, Amsterdam, India, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, Chile, and I'm sure many more are still to come! Next year is going to be so incredible with so many of my classmates spread across the world. I'll be sure to write a longer, less spur of the moment post in a couple days, but I thought it would be fun to post in the midst of the excitement!Read More
March 7, 2012
Today I was getting really worried about my living situation for my senior year. As seniors, we have to accept a contract that says that we will participate in Room Draw. Since there are limited rooms for seniors, this contract lets the school know how many seniors to accept living on campus. I of course want to live on campus my senior year (to save up money!) so I definitely needed to accept this contract. Unfortunately (or fortunately actually) I applied to study abroad in the Fall of 2012 and so if I picked a room at Room Draw and then cancelled it when I found out if I got into the study abroad program I would be charged $750 (I know!). I was asking around to see when I would find out if I got into my study abroad program and people said we would find out after Spring Break (which is after the deadline for the senior contract) so I was getting worried that I was either going to get charged or not have a room when I returned from abroad. After...Read More
March 2, 2012
I can’t believe it’s already March! It feels like the second half of February went by even faster than the first half did. I've been very busy these past two weeks and a lot has happened since my last post; if you’re interested, read more after the jump!The first major thing that took place during these past couple of weeks was that Oxy Housing revealed Room Draw numbers for the 2012-2013 school year! For those of you who don’t know, Room Draw is the process that determines on-campus housing for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Even though I got an incredibly good room draw number (7 out of 528!), I’m actually hoping to live in themed housing next year. Occidental offers several types of themed housing, from gender-neutral rooms in Rangeview Hall to Pauley, the Multicultural Hall. I chose to apply for a custom theme in Norris Hall (not to be confused with the Norris Hall of ...Read More
March 2, 2012
Okay, so I should preface this by mentioning that I'm not a fashionista in any way, shape or form. In high school I was often told I 'had style,' which I think meant 'you go to alternative school, don't you?' So no, I don't follow the trends any more than someone who occasionally visits the mall does.
So anyway, while I've occasionally been accused of being fashionable, I'm not exactly an expert.