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February 19, 2011

Hello All! My name is Laurel, and I am a freshman here at Oxy. I hail from Boulder, Colorado. I am planning to double major in history and group languages. Since everyone seems to ask this question, I will go ahead and tell you that group languages is a major where you study two languages. The two I am studying are French and Japanese, and I love them both! In my free time, I do karate, dance, sing, play piano, and draw… sometimes sleeping plays a role in my life, too. I am secretary of the Philanthropy Club and I work at Telefund. I am also pledging Kappa Alpha Theta this spring and am super excited about it! I enjoy tea, traveling, cooking, music, and the finer things of life. I like to joke around and don’t take myself too seriously, but I am a very passionate person as well. I have a love-hate relationship with technology, but we’re working things out. Anywho, I will keep you updated on the ins and outs of the freshman year. Oh...

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February 18, 2011

Hey everyone! I’m Alexis Greco. I’m originally from New York (Yankees! Public transportation!), and I’m a sophomore Politics major with either a Religious Studies or Urban & Environmental Policy minor. My favorite class at Oxy right now is Los Angeles Politics with Professor Freer – local LA politics are endlessly interesting, and it’s fairly enlightening to watch the evolution of LA’s demographics and electoral processes. At Oxy, I’m on the ultimate frisbee and step teams as well as being in dancehall for our yearly dance production.  I’ve done O-Team (Orientation team) to welcome new first years as well. I recently joined Delta Omicron Tau, surprisingly… if you come to Oxy, you will see that our Greek life involves a range of people and does not follow the stereotypical formula. It’s essentially a diverse group of enthusiastic, involved, strong women. Outside of...

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February 15, 2011

Hi, my name is Noah Tovares. I'm a senior from Belmont, Massachusetts - a suburb of Boston. I have been involved in many activities during my four year here at Oxy. As a freshman I happened to hear the Glee Club perform and decided that even though I had never sang in a choir before I had to audition for the Glee Club. Turns out that was one of the best decisions of my life. Once a member of the Glee Club, I auditioned to be a member of the male a cappella group Cadence. I was accepted and two years later took over as director. During my four years I have also had several jobs. I work for the Office of Admission helping out with social media, and I also work for the Physics Department. One of my physics related jobs is being an AMP tutor. Every week I make a worksheet that helps students in lower lever physics practice and reinforce the concepts they are learning in class. My other physics related job is helping high school students from across...

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February 15, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day readers!!! Hope everyone spent the day doing whatever makes them happy, whether it be eating lots of chocolate or arranging flowers in vases! This past Saturday the softball team played Cal Lutheran in our first conference games and won both! I cheered so loud that I lost my voice. The first game we won 1-0 after my friend and fellow freshman teammate hit a home run in the 6th inning! The second game ended up going TEN innings, it was exhausting but we won 6-5. Sunday I went to the boys baseball game and watched them destroy Lewis & Clark, it was very fun and VERY sunny. Then I spent a few hours doing super top secret sorority stuff- I'm currently pledging Kappa Alpha Theta (known as Theta) which is a national sorority here on campus! To celebrate Valentine's Day the marketplace had special dinners, there was shrimp, crab, cannoli, and steak! I got the steak =) There were also these delicious looking chocolate...

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February 15, 2011

My name is Rachel Greenstein and I am a junior from San Diego. I am majoring in Economics and minoring in Mathematics. I work at Oxy's Office of Admission, where I help schedule tour guides and recruit student volunteers. I also work for our New Student Orientation, a four-day program that welcomes the incoming students in August. On campus I am a member or Oxy's Alliance for Autonomy, Vote for Equality, and the sorority Delta Omicron Tau. This year I am also participating in Dance Production, an annual show that incorporates many different styles of dance. Every other Tuesday I serve as student representative on the Campus Events Advisory Council (CEAC), which gives me to opportunity to discuss campus events with school administrators. I love my experience at Oxy and I am excited to tell you a little about my very busy life here!

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February 15, 2011

Hi Everybody!  My name is Tim Chang and I am currently a sophomore at Occidental College.  I come all the way to Los Angeles from Boston, MA for my college experience.  So far, my time at Occidental has been everything I've expected and more.  Occidental has a lot to offer in academics and extra-curriculars.  I am a Economics and Sociology major with a minor in Music.  While not in the class room, I take part in activities such as Glee Club, Pulse (the hip hop group), Dance Production, my fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, while working as a Resident Adviser and managing a graphics design company called The Occidental Agency. I will be sure to keep you all update about these organizations and events!

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February 14, 2011

Hi! My name is Madi and I'm from Seattle, Washington. I'm a first year cognitive science major with a minor in linguistics. Right now I'm taking Introduction to Media Studies, Japanese 302, Los Angeles Politics, and my CSP is Narratives in Education. I chose Oxy because I wanted a small college in a big city - I love L.A.! I don't work on campus, but I'm a full-time waitress during my winter and summer vacations. I pledged Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha during Spring Recruitment 2011!

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February 14, 2011

Hi! My name is Frances Power. I'm a junior East Asian studies major with a focus on Chinese politics and international relations here at Occidental College. I currently live off-campus, but I'm still close enough to walk to school. I'm originally from Pasadena, about ten to fifteen minutes away from Oxy by car, so I'm definitely one of those local kids! Last semester I studied abroad in Beijing, China through Oxy's study abroad program and had an amazing time. As of right now I've been taking Chinese for two and a half years. This semester I'm taking four classes: Modern Japan, Chinese Newspapers and Media, Ecology, and  seminar on the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Turkey.

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February 12, 2011

Hey! I’m Abby Chin-Martin.  I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  In an attempt to escape the rain, I chose to come to Occidental in sunny Los Angeles.  I’m currently a first year interested in psychology and sociology, but have yet to declare my major.  I’m using this year to explore other interests and figure out what I may want to focus on in years to come.  Right now, I’m enjoying being a new student and meeting lots of people.  Occidental is a great place to be able to have this type of fulfilling experience because so many opportunities are available on and off campus.  I’m also in the process of creating a radio show on KOXY with two of my best friends.

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February 12, 2011

Hi everyone! My name is Hue (pronounced “hu-ay”), and I am a first-year student. I am currently still undecided about my major but I’m leaning towards Economics or Asian Studies. I came from Vietnam, and I am half Vietnamese and half Taiwanese. My time in America has provided me with the opportunity to experience a different culture and broadened my view of the world. Travelling is my hobby, and music and art are my passions. I love to play the piano and violin, sing, compose, draw, sketch, and design posters on computer. My parents and I would travel to a different country every summer vacation, from the Great Wall of China to the Eiffel Tower in France. When it comes to deciding where I wanted to go for college, Oxy is among some of my top choices. Despite the liveliness of Los Angeles City (where the College is situated), Oxy offers a close-knit community and tranquil environment. At Occidental, I am able to pursue my musical...

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