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January 27, 2014

Blogger: Becca Patch

Last week, I was sitting on a couch in front of a roaring fire, listening to the rain pound on the roof, which is pretty par for the course for an Oregon winter. Today, I’m sitting on a bench in the middle of the quad at Oxy and everyone’s wearing shorts… which is pretty par for the course for a California winter. The five weeks of winter break are over, and I recently had the startling realization that I’ll never have a free month for winter break again (I have this inkling that jobs don’t work like that). I’ve been thinking about home a lot recently. The first picture is of me and my friend Elise on a hike in Oregon!

There isn’t any place quite like beautiful, rural Southern Oregon. It was a quiet place to grow up—it’s the kind of small town that you see on...

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January 18, 2014

Blogger: Lisa Gilliland

As I sit in a cafe in Amsterdam about a year after returning from an incredible and challenging semester studying here, I cannot help but reflect on my almost 4 full years at Oxy. A lot has happened during this time, both good and bad, but the conclusion I have reached is that I wouldn’t change these years for anything. Sure there are things I wish I had done - I never got around to my dream of starting a co-ed acapella group [I’m sure someone will do that soon!], but I did do some things I hadn’t planned to do, like taking piano lessons, enjoying Econ, or learning Dutch. I often wish I had planned out my courses better so I could have avoided the less-than-fantastic grades I got in the classes that I didn’t feel I really needed. But then I remember I had no clue what I wanted to study...

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January 8, 2014

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

I was brainstorming what to write in this post but I could not think of anything, so I distracted myself using internship research. That deemed itself highly unsuccessful. Now I have returned to writing, still with nothing to say, but with a bit more knowledge about a company named “Grungy Gentleman.” (Hint: I do not want to work there.)

Having five weeks of winter break always sounds like a fun idea when you’re in the middle of finals week and losing track of assignments, meals, sleep, and your own self-awareness. Then you get home and instantly remember why you went to college in the first place. I forgot what it was like to have to force friends to hang out with you, to make your own lunch (or take the easy route and sleep until 3), to not have busy work. So I gave myself...

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December 31, 2013

Blogger: Donovan Dennis

I mentioned in my last entry that my hometown, Great Falls, MT, is the 22nd coldest city in the U.S. For a time during early December’s great Rocky Mountain and Midwest freeze, Great Falls was the coldest place on earth, with wind chills steadily descending into the -40s, indeed lower than those temperatures on the Antarctic continent. One can thus imagine my great displeasure at the frigid temperatures piercing my North Face and ripping through the three layers of sweaters underneath as I descended the plane steps onto the tundra of the Great Falls International Airport.

Finals have concluded, thankfully, and I was able to spend 12 well-earned days at home before returning to Oxy on Dec. 29th for the remainder of our winter break training camp. I flew home from Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon,...

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December 27, 2013

Blogger: Kristin Feinberg

Hello future tigers and tigers alike!

Another busy semester is over and I'm back at home in the snow. Although the time is quite appreciated, I must admit I already miss that California sunshine. 

I'm spending my winter break catching up on shows I didn't have time to watch, baking a few too many batches of cookies, celebrating the holidays with family, a short trip to Montana, and training for the upcoming lacrosse season (50 days until SCIAC opening!). 

With the new year coming up, I've been reflecting on what I have done with my sophomore and junior year thus far. Here are 13 things that I have done at Occidental in 2013.

1. I had a wonderful second season with the lacrosse team. Not only did we work hard on the field, but we also raised money...

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December 21, 2013

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

It’s difficult to believe that my seventh semester is over. All the signs are there—papers are turned in, exams have finished, and most tellingly, campus is largely evacuated. It really is true that each semester goes by faster than the last; it still feels like Halloween was last weekend. As I start to try and wrap my head around the fact that I have just one semester remaining at Oxy, one thing becomes clear to me: I wouldn’t be the same person I am today if I had gone to a different school. Oxy gave me everything I needed to start working out what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, and how I was going to get there. I met people that I clicked with right away, but more importantly I also met people that challenged me. I took classes that blew apart my conception of the world and helped me...

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December 17, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

Hello everyone! First off, a big congratulations to those who applied for Early Decision and got into Oxy! For those of you who are still working hard on those applications, power through! You can do this!

Now that finals week is finished and the semester is over, I'm really excited to relax and do pretty much nothing over break. But, alas, my productive side keeps on pestering me about actually doing something meaningful so I can actually have a good and atypical response when my friends ask me, "how was your break?" (as opposed to just "good, didn't do much")
 
So here are some of my ideas about how to keep your winter break semi-productive and fun!
 
1.) Catch up on some leisure reading. Whether the new ...
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December 14, 2013

Blogger: Martin Pittman

And we are back!! As many of my peers have said, it is nearly the end of the semester. With the end of fall semester only days away, many people have pulled out the sweats and headed to the library. The academic grind, as we like to call it, is different for everyone, so with such little time left I thought I would share some tips to tackle the beast that is finals week. After 5 semesters I think my friends and I have a pretty good system.

The first step to success during finals week is deciding whether to study alone or with other friends. Personally, I like studying with friends because it motivates me to see my other friends working just as hard.

The next step is finding a great place to study. The library is undoubtedly many students go to spot, however it can sometimes be overwhelming,...

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December 12, 2013

Blogger: Jill Marucut

Last Friday was the last day that I could feel sorry for myself for the roller coaster of exams and papers. With two 20-page papers and two exams on the horizon, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed. Luckily, to calm myself down, I realized that finals don’t have to be as bad as I make them out to be. Here are some options on how to prepare for your finals in a manageable fashion:

Option 1: Wake up early, have a substantial and healthy breakfast, watch your favorite TV show for 30 minutes, and then work on finals for 6 hours--with 4 15-minute breaks in between.

•   That schedule has always worked for me, and I don’t feel as bogged down.

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December 12, 2013

Blogger: Daphne Auza

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to write for this blog without sounding unoriginal. I’m going through what pretty much everyone else is this time of year: looking forward to winter break, stressing over finals, bundling up for LA “autumn”, etc. I’ve also been trying to do more grown up things like present conference papers and wear lipstick. But right now I’m at a point in the semester where complaining about all the work I have to do seems useless. I’m just going to try and endure it with as much positivity as I can muster and the “Frozen” movie soundtrack.

To keep myself motivated, I’ve also been thinking a lot about next semester, which is when I will be studying abroad at the Universiteit van...

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