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November 19, 2014

Blogger: Griffin Taylor

Working as a senior fellow at admissions allows you to meet a myriad of people from different backgrounds, different states, different countries, different everything. In many ways, these students have similar interests in Oxy and the liberal arts, but one thing that I’ve found that links all of these students together -- and everyone at Oxy -- is that we’re all on our own journeys.
For the students applying to college, they have a new journey ahead of them. They are about to embark on what is probably going to be an incredibly formative four years for them. But what has led them to this point in time, where they must decide which college to attend, turns entirely on their life experiences up until this point. One...
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November 17, 2014

Blogger: Kate Coursey

When I first transferred to Occidental, I had very few memories of my first two years in college. I attended a large state university only five minutes from my childhood home. It was a commuter school with tens of thousands of students. My classes were huge, professors rarely knew my name, and there was no community to speak of. Walking around campus, I could go weeks at a time without seeing a familiar face.
Now, one and a half years into my time at Oxy, I’ve created more memories and friendships than I ever had at my old university. I’ve embarked upon adventures I never would’ve imagined. But perhaps most importantly, I’ve rediscovered the love of learning. It’s a love I lost a long time ago…probably...
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November 12, 2014

Blogger: Matthew Cecconi

Hey Everyone!

Matthew here, and it is that time of the semester where once again we come to registration. This time is championed by lots of frantic searching for classes and the ever present question, “So, what are you taking next semester?” I wanted to give what I think are 5 important things to remember while registering.

They go like this:

  1. Plan, Reevaluate that Plan, and then Plan again
    I would say this is the first thing because you never know how many times you will change what you want to do. I have gone through 3 potential majors before settling on sociology. One of the many things you can do is create a four-year academic plan. This is in no way binding and it can just be an aid. I would recommend using...
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November 11, 2014

Blogger: Claudia Dumpson 

One of my main reasons for studying abroad in Madrid, Spain was to gain more fluency in the language. I’ve been taking Spanish classes since 7th grade but my level of Spanish had plateaud and I knew that living in a Spanish-speaking country would be the only way to remedy that.  
I was right. It’s been said before and I’ll say it again - the only way to truly know a language is to live in it. Being surrounded by Spanish has been one of the hardest yet most rewarding things about being abroad. 
When I say surrounded, I mean it. Madrid has its fair share of tourists, but less than many major European countries, so most people working in restaurants, shops and bars know little to no English. All of my classes are taught in...
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November 10, 2014

Blogger: Nina Greenebaum 

As a senior at Occidental College, I now live off-campus, allowing for engagement with both the on and off-campus communities. While the majority of my time is spent on campus, either in class, in meetings, or in one of my favorite study spots, the opportunity to live off-campus as a senior is invaluable; it fosters continuity between the Eagle Rock community and life at Occidental. 
This Halloween, the moment the sun began to go down, my housemates and I heard a knock at our door. 
“Nina, it’s trick or treaters!!!” Beebe Sanders (senior) yelled. 
We scrambled to find the candy bowl and greet the trick or treaters.
“Trick-or-treat!” The Devil, Tank Engine and Princess squealed. 
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November 6, 2014

Blogger: Somer Greene

Hi everyone!

Hope your semesters are going well and things aren’t getting too busy.  It’s hard to believe that it’s already November and I’m going to be registering for spring semester’s classes next week. This year has been all over the place. One minute I’m discussing research methods and the next I’m coordinating plans for January’s Martin Luther King Day of Service.

 I’ve definitely had to grow up this semester, and even though it’s tough I’ve loved every minute of it!  I have an internship off campus, which means I rely on public transportation from time to time, and if you...

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November 6, 2014

Blogger: Nicholas Yeh 

When I first came to Oxy, one of the things I knew immediately was that I wanted to get a bike.  I wanted to get around and explore LA, because I didn’t have a car and had heard LA public transport was not very good.  So I went online and found a second-hand bike shop that was on the corner of York and Figueroa and bought a great road bike, a Schwinn.  
In that first semester, I had two very interesting biking experiences.  The first was a trip to Old Town Pasadena via Colorado, and the second was to Santa Monica via a lot of crazy and long roads.

That day, I had finished class early and really wanted to see how long it would take to get to Pasadena from Oxy.  Sadly, I failed to realize that Colorado Blvd is basically hill after hill after...

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November 5, 2014

Blogger: Teresa Langan

Hello world, or rather internet.
My name is Tess and I am a Senior Fellow and an English major from Verona, New Jersey, a beautiful-sounding town from a state often accused of smelling like an armpit. More recently, though, I just returned from studying abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Spring 2014. (I wanted to study in Ireland but Oxy didn’t have a direct program there so I worked with the International Programs Office (IPO) to find a program that was a good match for me!) It isn’t “just” anymore--I left Dublin in May and I was only in Ireland for about five months. My attempts at Irish dancing never stopped...
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November 4, 2014

Blogger: Claudia Dumpson 

As a prospective student, I fondly remember sitting in front of Weingart on a tour, hearing about 
studying abroad and thinking how wonderful of an experience it would be. So when the 
opportunity came to apply the spring of my sophomore year, I chose to apply to a program 
called IES in Madrid, Spain. As the summer came to an end, the reality that I would be so far 
from home for so long began to sink in. I was definitely excited but mostly didn’t...
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November 3, 2014

Blogger: Samuel Wylie

As a kid, I had roughly five ideas of what an adult could be:  a teacher, a doctor, a firefighter, an astronaut, or the president.  Obviously, this list was longer by the time I entered college at Occidental, but I still felt rigid in my own thinking:  film majors become filmmakers, chemistry majors become chemists, psychology majors become psychologists….
If this were true, society would collapse.   Yet, as an Art History and Group Language double major, I found myself believing I needed to become an art historian or a work as a translator.  I dreaded conversations at the holidays when someone...
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