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December 5, 2014
Blogger: Aviva Alvarez-Zakson
December 4, 2014
Blogger: Donovan Dennis
It’s around this time of the semester, with finals looming and research papers accumulating that the usual groans and gripes about schoolwork reach their peak. The excitements of classes and friends have worn off, and students are ready to head home for the well-deserved break. More often than not, the complaints are about a class, or exhaustion, or an exam that was unfairly graded—the list seems endless.
… What a lucky life we live that our most vocal complaint is the binder full of learning we must complete over the weekend.
Oxy students know about privilege. If they were unaware before coming to Occidental, they are introduced to the various privileges one can have—be it socioeconomic, personal, familial, the list goes on—almost upon arrival on campus. These privileges can often cause divisions between students, but there is one privilege that all Oxy students share, and that is the opportunity to attend...Read More
December 2, 2014
Blogger: Rhys Berkwitt
Hello friends, foes, prospective students, and whoever else may be reading this!
This is not my first time around the Oxy student voices blog block but it has been quite some time so allow me to reintroduce myself…
My name is Rhys, pronounced like “Reese” but spelled this way because my parents have been committed to giving me a hard time since day one (kidding!). I am a current junior cognitive science major, public health minor, from Seattle, and I work in the Office of Admission as a Diversity Initiative Intern.
This semester has been an interesting one. After finding out about my acceptance to study abroad over the summer--starting in January I will be going to New Orleans, Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina for a global health program--I was hesitant about...Read More
December 1, 2014
Blogger: Martin Pittman
November 29, 2014
Blogger: Emily Johnson
Gratitude. This word keeps reverberating in my thoughts this week. But I am not grateful simply because of the time of year. Instead, in the midst of my senior year and approaching my final semester, I am experiencing a different sense of gratitude. Sure, my parents and sister would love to read how grateful I am for their love and support. And, although this is true, I find myself more and more grateful each day for the spectacular students that surround me at Oxy.
When I decided to come to Oxy, I never realized how much the students around me would shape the person I am becoming. The rhetoric around choosing a college revolves around the school that offers the best classes, best degree, and best ability to get your dream job. (I’m still waiting for that shoe to drop.)...Read More
November 27, 2014
Blogger: Maddy Farkas
¡Hola! Welcome to “Maddy’s 17th Blog Post”. I’ll refrain from making a cheesy joke using the lyrics from “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” but know that it hurts me not to. It’s officially Thanksgiving break and, in the spirit of the holiday, I thought I would list what I’m most thankful for about my life at Oxy, minus the obvious stuff like weather, squirrels that chase each other, and the Financial Aid Office.
Here it goes:
1. The Quad. If you ever see me on campus, there’s a good chance it’s on the quad. I spend a lot of time on those benches. Sure, I have my favorites, but I’m always open to...Read More
November 24, 2014
Blogger: Kyle Beasley
November 20, 2014
Blogger: Amber Thai
These past few weeks have been filled with birthday activities and the final grind towards working on my senior comprehensive presentation. I recently turned 21 a couple of weeks ago, and it was by far the best birthday that I celebrated at school. It reminded me of how great it is to go to a small school and how awesome of a community Oxy is! Since my birthday was two days before Halloween, I remembered to head to Krispy Kreme for their Halloween-themed donuts.
With all that was going on, I have been working on my senior comprehensive presentation. As a Biology major, I signed up to present on an environmental neurotoxin known as the Tetanus neurotoxin produced by a bacterium that causes prolonged muscle contractions and spasms. My presentation is coming up in a week and I’m trying not to...Read More
November 19, 2014
Blogger: Griffin Taylor
November 17, 2014
Blogger: Kate Coursey