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October 29, 2015

Blogger: Miranda Roethler

My alarm blasts on at 4:30 am and immediately I know this is going to be a great day. Eyes half-shut, I cram some overnight essentials into my backpack, sling my heavy mesh sack of dive gear onto my back, and trudge out into the pre-dawn with a few of my hallmates. It’s spring break here at James Cook University, in Queensland, Australia, but unlike other exchange students who are going to Bali or New Zealand for the week, we are headed on a field trip.

We pick our way across campus in the dark, ducking to avoid enormous fruit bats still in the middle of their nocturnal hunting. We will take a bus and then a boat away from the mainland, across a channel, past the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere, to Orpheus Island.

Orpheus Island...

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October 28, 2015

Blogger: Natalie De Benedetti

As a first year on campus, my favorite way to get involved at Oxy is through the abundance of clubs students organize and lead. I am a member of Microfinance club, Delevan Drive club, and Dance Production. Each club I am a part of has a very different goal: financially supporting small entrepreneurs in developing countries, helping disabled children do arts and crafts projects, or performing in a spirited dance showcase during the spring semester, respectively.

Last week was my first visit to Delevan Drive Elementary School with the Delevan Drive club. The students in the two first grade classes are disabled to different extents. Some have learning disabilities, and others are in wheelchairs. Each classroom had at least 3 teachers to help the students with...

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October 27, 2015

Blogger: Katherine Kim

College is the start of something new in several ways. There is a chance you may know a few people, or you may not. Since so many students come from different backgrounds it can be intimidating or slightly worrying not knowing whom your new friends will be. After all, most of your current friends you’ve known for years and years but now you have to start all over.  It’s a new environment, filled with new people, new academic focuses, and new experiences that can easily make you feel lost wherever you go for the first few days.

For me, the transition into college was a bit nerve-wracking because I didn’t really know what to expect. What really helped me was being involved with athletics....

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October 26, 2015

Blogger: Tess Arrighi

There are a lot of stereotypes about college that involve food. Some, like the students who drink upwards of six cups of coffee a day or the 2 a.m. bowls of cereal, are completely true. But here at Oxy if you’re vegan (like me!), vegetarian, or have other dietary restrictions, you don’t need to worry about finding alternatives to the pizza-and-burgers myth of college dining. 
Between Meatless Mondays in the Marketplace where you can get delicious Indian food, the ...
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October 20, 2015

Blogger: Reed Foster

Hey everyone! Coming at you live from a study room in the library at 2:09 in the AM on a Wednesday morning. I’m feeling that burst of energy right after you receive an email about your 8:30 a.m. Psychology class being canceled, and what better way to celebrate than to stay up writing a blog post! In the spirit of canceling class and winding down from a relaxing fall break, I want to focus my endless stream of consciousness on some of the fun things that myself and other students get to do during our break from school work. Hope you all enjoy!

This was the second fall break in a row I decided to take some time off from being on Campus and return to the rainy homeland of Salem, Oregon. I spent some down time with family and...

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October 17, 2015

Blogger: Allen Chen

As an eager freshman, my philosophy is to try everything! With that said, here’s a recount of one of the busiest days I’ve had at Oxy thus far.

9/22 Tuesday

6:30-9:30 A.M.: My packed day started bright and early with my very first volunteering event with A-Team (Admissions Team) where Oxy students volunteer to help out with various events hosted by Admissions, such as the College Board Workshop, Explore Oxy (I went to this!), and Admitted Student Day. A month in and somehow I’m already the overly excited Oxy greeter in the...

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October 15, 2015

Blogger: Neah Bois

It is that time of the year again: college application season. Seniors in high schools around the country have made lists of their top schools and have begun the process of crafting essays and answers to “best capture who they are”. It can be a stressful time. I remember that process well. My name is Neah Bois and I am a first year from Salt Lake City, Utah. I play lacrosse for Oxy and am involved with a number of organizations on campus. 
My adventure with this school started...
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October 14, 2015

Blogger: Carol Ma

Dance Production is certainly one of the most popular student organizations here at Oxy! It is an entirely student-run production, with student choreographers, dancers, and production staff. The audition for dancers is held every year in September. Auditions are open to all students, regardless of their experience or skill level. After six months of practicing, student choreographers and dancers will present the final shows, which feature professional-level production. It is the one of the biggest events on campus every year, with more student participants from every facet of the Oxy community than any other organization.

I joined Dance Pro both my freshman and sophomore years. I keep coming back because it really helps me step out of my...

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October 13, 2015

Blogger: Katherine Kim

When you think of senior year of high school, a utopic vision of all the fun activities and senior perks seems to mask the hard work that is still left. Yes, senior year is fun, but as many of you have realized, senior year is tough. So, why are the first few months a bit rough? Two words: college applications. It is during these first few months where you’ll get to know the Common Application very well… almost too well.
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October 9, 2015

Blogger: Flynn Aldrich

So far everyone who has walked by me in the library has given me a prolonged look of judgement and pity. And to be honest I can’t really blame them. I am writing this blog to you at 4:43 a.m, I am sprawled under a table with four empty coffee cups littered around me, and six minutes ago I was literally banging my head against the floor. Yes, I look like a freshly exhumed corpse, but inside I feel totally alive. No matter how stressful my week is academically, I know that the dance community on campus will turn my mood around. Every year, dance becomes a huge part of Oxy culture and my life at Oxy.

And this year is special. I can feel it. The energy in Dance Production is electrifying, the...

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