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December 14, 2015

Blogger: Darby Pak

When I was first read about “Sociology 101” I thought it would be pretty okay. I didn’t check what CORE requirements it would knock out (hint hint - US Diversity). It just looked interesting and I had (and still have) no idea what I want to major in, and since I got an early slot for registration I signed up for the Sociology class with Professor Potts. Going into the class, my expectations were neutral. I thought it would be interesting at best, and boring at worst, but either way I would just have to do well in the class and take note whether or not it was not the major path for me. Oh how wrong I was!

Now, most of the class is taught through slides that Prof. Potts puts together. That sounds boring, right? Just some guy standing and reading off of slides. But Prof. Potts made the material interesting and engaged us. I never dozed off in class and I’m a sleepy person. Terribly sleepy, actually, but...

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December 9, 2015

Blogger: Emily Henderson

The semester is coming to a close here at Oxy; students cramming are for finals, finishing up final projects and looking forward to winter break. As things wind down, I can’t help be do a little reminiscing about what a crazy but fun semester it’s been. I tried a lot of new things this semester, some more trivial, like having In-N-Out for the first time, and some more significant. Although I definitely have some friends who would argue your first In-N-Out burger is a pretty important experience, but I digress.

I took two classes this semester that were totally new subjects for me, Painting and Journalism. One of the great things about Oxy (and a lot of liberal arts colleges for that matter) is that students are required to take classes in a lot of different areas...

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December 7, 2015

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

Hej fra København (that means “Hi from Copenhagen”—look at all of the Danish I’ve learned while being abroad)! This past semester, I have lived 5,590 miles away from everything and (almost) everyone I know. Quite honestly, this new environment was pretty intimidating at first as I was exposed to a new place, a different culture, and unfamiliar people. Luckily, I have had some familiar Oxy faces to help me adjust to this new environment and gain the most out of my abroad experience.

The first familiar face abroad was my friend Claudia. Claudia and I are both studying abroad in Copenhagen this semester, with about ten other Oxy students. Throughout the semester, we have met up for lunch in between classes to catch up, to vent, and just to enjoy a...

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December 5, 2015

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Last year around Thanksgiving I wrote a post titled ‘8 Reasons I’m Thankful For Oxy.’ I decided to write a sequel to this post, as it is a full year later and I find new reasons to love this school every day. Also because I lost count of blog posts I made around #20 and I am running out of ideas at this point. But pretend you didn’t hear that part.

1. Marketplace Cashiers. Thank you for checking my balance every week, even though we both know I didn’t spend more than $5, and also...

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December 4, 2015

Blogger: Jazzy Lee

The aforementioned title, “Finals Survival Guide”, is a smidge misleading because finals devour your entirety: masticating you slowly only to casually spit you up on the banks of the AGC in that no-man’s-land between Fowler and Johnson at 3:57 AM as you struggle to remember where you live and what the passcode to your room is. Nonetheless, here are 12 steps to survive this recurring and devastating event in your undergrad experience.

  1. Denial and Avoidance. Just like any other grieving process, you know you are about to lose your mind and act accordingly. You eschew your academic and career goals to loaf around in a pair of fuzzy socks lamenting the perfection of Kerry Washington’s face instead of facing up to...

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December 3, 2015

Blogger: Reed Foster

As the long and rigorous semester comes to a slow-moving close, I always look forward to a short week-long break to interrupt the academic ruthlessness with a wonderful holiday like Thanksgiving. It certainly helps to clear one’s mind from all that goes on in the life of a college student. To escape the thoughts of homework and classes, I flew home this past Tuesday night to Oregon where I was greeted with beautiful trees and the crisp, cold air of the Pacific Northwest. In this particular blog I want to point out the value of self-care as a college student. Although many of us seem to live for that bustling lifestyle between internships, classes, sports, clubs and organizations, I want to highlight the importance of taking some time to yourself, of finding a practice to keep yourself...

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December 1, 2015

Blogger: Camille Baechler

It seems like I will never stop finding new and exciting things in Eagle Rock. Despite it being a relatively quiet part of Los Angeles, it is now considered one of the “hippest neighborhoods” by many ...

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November 30, 2015

Blogger: Jessie Baek

Choosing a major can seem extremely daunting in the beginning. I still vividly remember my college application process, and not knowing which major I wanted to select as my choice of study. It was a frightening experience, just because I felt as if I were committing to something that I wouldn’t want to commit to later. The truth is, though, choosing your major doesn’t have to be as scary or as baffling as I made it out to be. If you happen to know exactly what you want to major in before entering college, that’s awesome! On the flip side, if you have absolutely no idea what you want to study, I assure you, that is completely fine and normal. At Oxy, everyone enters their first year of college as an undeclared major, and are required to declare their field of study by the end of...

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November 27, 2015

Blogger: Matt Hao

As an avid Christmas lover, I am constantly counting down the days until Christmas. I am obsessed with white Christmases, but unfortunately I’ve never been able to experience one because California – it’s on the bucket list though. Anyways, here are a few things to do before the best day of the year arrives. (To all my Jewish friends, I am so sorry and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, maybe stop reading now)

1) Buy an advent calendar. This is a must. Unless, for some reason, you are a Grinch or don’t like chocolate, there is no possible downside of buying a nifty advent calendar. Not only are they an essential...

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November 24, 2015

Blogger: Tess Arrighi

#ImpeachVeitch. Movement Not A Moment. 67 Grand Meet Our Demands. Signs bearing these slogans and more are plastered against the glass walls of the Arthur G. Coons Administrative building. Tents have been pitched outside and sleeping bags and air mattresses dominate the interior. Students lay sprawled throughout the hallways, most typing away on their laptops or chatting quietly with fellow occupants.

Occidental College has appeared on national news this past week due to the activities of the student group Oxy United for Black Liberation (OUBL).  Following a walk-out and sit-in in solidarity with other universities across the country protesting racial discrimination on college campuses, OUBL occupied the college’s administrative building and issued a list of demands to...

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