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March 21, 2016

Blogger: Marlaina Bemis

(Disclaimer: when I say wildlife at Oxy, I mean the birds, butterflies, and lizards on campus, not the crazy sleep deprived and well-caffeinated students on campus).

I’ll admit that I had no idea what I was getting myself into for when I enrolled in Bio 290, Research Methods in Citizen Science.  It was a two unit class that caught my eye during the hectic process of class enrollment.  When the excitement of signing up for classes died down, I became nervous about this Bio 290 class, especially when I walked in on the first day and I made up 33% of the class (there were 3 of us).   There was no room for error and I couldn’t camouflage myself in the middle of the class.  Thoughts of “What did I sign up for?!,” or “...

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March 17, 2016

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

This semester, I am taking an interesting Politics class called “Rebellious Lawyering,” with Professor González, which focuses on learning how to pursue social change through lawyering. Specifically, we discuss how attorneys need to abandon the idea that they are experts and instead, learn how to collaborate with their clients and the community in order to enact social change.

Since Oxy is located in LA, our professors want us to utilize our great city location and have experiences within LA that we can apply to our class discussions. Therefore, as a co-requisite to the class, we each intern at a public interest law firm in Los Angeles to gain first-hand experience in the field. I am interning in the Intake Call Center at Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Bet Tzedek...

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March 14, 2016

Blogger: Carol Ma

I took a really interesting class called Sociology of Emotions this semester. The main topic of this class is romantic love. Love is commonly seen as the most secret and beautiful emotion of human beings. I have never thought I would have the chance to learn about love in a classroom setting and talk about it from an academic perspective. This class really helped me understand what is the feeling that people called love and what makes a good relationship.

One of our main topics of discussion was the plethora of taken-for-granted statements about love prevailing on the internet. Sayings such as “love at first sight” are repeated so many times that we begin to take their meanings for granted and forget how complex and challenging real love is. But after a close...

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March 13, 2016

Blogger: Jessie Baek

In light of recruitment week, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about what drove me to join Greek Life here at Oxy! When I first told my friends and family about my decision to participate in the Greek system, I was bombarded with an array of questions, the main one being why I wanted to go Greek in a smaller campus.

My first year at Oxy was hectic and overwhelming at best. I was confused by everything that was college, and couldn’t seem to find my place in the campus community. There were a number of opportunities that I wanted to take, but ended up avoiding, as my hesitance to engage in campus activities got to the best of me. Given my first year...

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March 7, 2016

Blogger: Matthew Hao

Hey what’s up y’all! So spring break is coming up, which is just…thank god. I know we’ve only been back for about a month, but with everything that has been happening this semester, it feels like we’ve been here so much longer! Anyways, with spring break approaching, it means that midterm season is officially upon us. Days can get pretty hectic during this time, so I am going to take you on a journey with me, and show you how I stay sane.

8:30 AM: Alarm goes off

8:45 AM: Attempt to get out of bed (aka roll off the bed)

9:00 AM: Head to the Marketplace to get a quick bite to eat before class (this is very generous because I usually leave like 5 minutes before class starts and have to settle for grabbing...

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February 29, 2016

Blogger: Katherine Kim

Choosing which classes to take can be overwhelming, and if you’re like me, there is no clear path of courses to take because you aren’t sure what you want to major in yet. It’s a big question that needs to be answered by the end of your sophomore year, and it’s something that always is in the back of your mind. However, the beauty of a liberal arts education is that your first year at Oxy is the year for you to discover. As a first-year, you are given the freedom to take whatever classes interest you. Other classes that are offered can help you decide on which academic direction you may want to pursue.

Last semester I took the course CSP (Cultural Studies Program) 96, “Experiencing Mathematics and Science,” which aimed to...

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February 27, 2016

Blogger: Natalie de Benedetti

This semester I am taking Economics 101, my first step in completing my economics major! The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour and a half, a bit longer than Monday, Wednesday, Friday courses. Last Thursday, my class went on a field trip, my first field trip of college, so naturally I was very excited.

We set off in little groups, taking the Bengal Bus (Oxy-owned and operated vans) onto the main strip of Eagle Rock. We arrived at our location a few minutes later: an art gallery. An art gallery? For Econ? I was confused too. Once we met the curator of the gallery we learned that we would be helping her record data for her interactive art project. The gallery consisted of different sized squares of paper that were to be folded into boxes. Elementary school...

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February 21, 2016

Blogger: Neah Bois

Real talk: college is so much fun. The people, the parties, the teammates and the teachers are all amazing. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: even studying is fun here at Oxy. Now, you might be asking yourself, “What? Studying, fun? How??” Do not fear, prospective student, for I am here to tell you.

Before I left for college, I remember my best friend telling me to find a place that I could always go to study and do homework. A place that was quiet, private, and open late at night. In my mind, as a scared incoming first year, I thought I was going to be stuck in the dark trenches of some unforgiving library for hours on end. Good news though, Oxy's beautiful campus has a surplus of places to study and do homework that make it not...

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February 16, 2016

Blogger: Allen Chen

Hi, future first-years! Here’s a little guide for how to pick classes for your first semester at Oxy.

In my first semester, I took CSP 24: Visual Storytelling and Narrative Film, Education 101, Philosophy 101, and Sociology 101. While they weren’t all my first picks, I’m extremely happy with what I learned in each class.

Backtracking a little, coming into my first semester at Oxy, I thought I had a clear vision of what I wanted to study: Media Arts & Culture (MAC), Cognitive Science, and Education. I had it all planned out, take a cool CSP, a MAC course, a CogSci course, and an Education course. Well, if anyone reading is a hardcore planner, like myself, you’ll probably know that...

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February 11, 2016

Blogger: Maddy Farkas (with the help of Donovan Dennis)

You probably know me by now as the girl who writes too many blog posts and is clearly running out of ideas. If not, let me reintroduce myself. My name is Maddy and I am a senior Media Arts & Culture major with a love of Art History. I did not spend a semester abroad like many of my classmates because if I can’t have a good burrito and Chinese food every week, I will probably die. However, Oxy is great for offering short trips abroad for individual courses. When I saw that Professor Frank was once again offering his course on Michelangelo, an Art History course that goes abroad to Italy for two and a half weeks over winter break, I immediately hopped on that application. The result: possibly the most amazing experience of my life. I knew that I would...

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