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February 15, 2015
Blogger: Malcolm MacLeod
February 13, 2015
Blogger: Columbia Shafer
Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend, and fair warning: I’m a big holiday person. Any day that involves special foods (particularly candy) a reason to dress up or silly traditions is highlighted in my calendar.
Luckily I attend a school that fully embraces holidays. For upcoming Valentine’s Day there will candy grams and glitter hearts strung across the dining hall, and a special spread in the student paper. But holiday cheer isn’t only for Valentine’s Day, each holiday on campus has its own traditions.
My personal favorite holiday is Halloween. Halloween combines two of my absolute favorite things: candy and dressing up. Planning my...Read More
February 11, 2015
Blogger: Matthew Cecconi
One of the best parts about going to school in Los Angeles is the access that you have to many different opportunities. One of these great experiences I have had is taking classes with current Los Angeles Unified School District school board member Steve Zimmer. While also serving full time on the school board, Professor Zimmer works as an adjunct professor for one class a semester. In the fall, the class is about the current education policy debates that are going on in the school district. I am currently in his spring class where we work on specific policy issues that are going to be brought in front of the school board in the next few months.
An added benefit beyond simply working with Professor Zimmer is his ability to bring...Read More
February 9, 2015
Blogger: Nicholas Yeh
After 5 long weeks of break, I was happy to be back in school. I had some pretty cool classes, some pretty awesome professors, and a really great schedule. Yet, despite all that, I left on the Friday of the first week of school to the Netherlands. Yup, I basically skipped the entire second week of school to be in the Netherlands.
Mind you, it wasn’t just for fun, or for a longer holiday, I mean 5 weeks is a pretty long break as is. I was in The Hague, Netherlands for a week because I am the director of an Online Model UN Organization, and was the team director of our third travel team to THIMUN (The Hague International MUN) conference. I was there last year as a team...Read More
February 5, 2015
Blogger: Emily Johnson
If you have ever been on one of my tours or in one of my information sessions, you likely heard me gush about professors, babble on about the beauty of office hours, and boast about the amazing required reading in college. Surprisingly, I don’t think this is so uncommon at Oxy.
Just reading that over, I understand how nerdy it sounds. But, over my four years at Oxy, I have become proud of my nerdiness. And with graduation just a few months away, I find myself reflecting on how my nerdiness has prepared me for the world that awaits. My nerdiness and appreciation for learning taught me how to be the author of my educational experience.
I now realize that I wrote my own educational story when I chose...Read More
January 27, 2015
Blogger: Daphne Auza
After a stressful finals week, I started winter break fantasizing about a spring semester where I could give myself a REAL break. I would take a part-time course load and throughout the rest of the week, I’d spend quality time with friends and maybe even incorporate napping into my daily routine. After all, I’m a senior in my final semester. I should be taking it easy, right?
I’ve been back at Oxy for a little over a week, and practically none of that has happened.
Aside from continuing my position in the Office of Admission as a communications intern, I’ve started interning at Red Hen Press, a non-profit publishing press in Pasadena. Oxy’s spoken word poetry team, which I qualified for last...Read More
January 12, 2015
Blogger: Columbia Shafer
A few days ago I was giving a tour and someone asked me what I would do differently if I could repeat my time at Occidental. I’ve loved my time at Oxy, so my initial reaction was that I wouldn’t change a thing. However, upon reflection I realized I wish I had taken greater advantage of all of the opportunities available. Below are just a couple of Oxy’s most amazing resources and opportunities that I wish I had discovered earlier and a few more that I plan try out in the coming semester.
As a senior it’s embarrassing how many programs and resources I didn’t take advantage of earlier in my time at Oxy. During the past semester I checked out a bike from the Bike Share program for the very...Read More
January 6, 2015
Blogger: Nina Greenebaum
January 2, 2015
Blogger: Sarah Tamashiro
December 30, 2014
Blogger: Griffin Taylor