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May 18, 2015

Blogger: Soraya Sebghati

Packing up to leave my dorm room is always difficult. I mean this purely in the literal sense…how did I accumulate so much useless stuff? Over the course of the school year I end up holding onto so many useless things that I think will be important, like old champagne corks, In N Out receipts, Paul Blart-themed birthday cards (thanks Maddy), and hundreds of pages of rough drafts (I’m definitely keeping the Paul Blart card, don’t worry). I always leave my room to pack my car looking like a bag lady, holding big shopping backs full of random pieces of paper in one hand and my faux fur coats in the other.

But as difficult as all the sifting through my drawers can be, it’s also just as pleasant. Every random item reminds me of a fun night...

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May 18, 2015

Blogger: Kate Coursey

Two nights ago, I finished my last undergraduate final paper. I was sitting in the lab at midnight, going through all the data from my independent research this semester, compiling the figures for a lab report. It’s fitting that my last final would be a research paper—before I came to Oxy, I never would’ve imagined that I would study science.

I transferred to Oxy two years ago, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I have learned so much about myself since arriving at this school. In talking to other graduating seniors from the Class of 2015, I’ve noticed a collective sense of nostalgia and ambivalence about our futures.

It is sad, in some ways, to think of how easily the spaces we occupied will be filled by new...

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May 7, 2015

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

Happy Finals, my beautiful rays of sunshine amidst this dark and dreary week! In an attempt to finish (who am I kidding…start) my research paper, I decided to write this blog post. Now here I am, stressed about writing something worth reading. In other words, right back to square one. I’m in a constant state of stress these days, but it’s not always bad stress. Usually it’s normal, “too-busy-for-my-own-good,” stress. Like where I have so much to do that I forget about little things like doing my laundry or buying a Mother’s Day card. (Mom, don’t read that last line… I’ll pull it together by Sunday.) But now it’s actual, “get-your-work-done-you-horrible-procrastinator,” stress. One day I...

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May 4, 2015

Blogger: Columbia Shafer

With my last week of college looming, I’m becoming nostalgic for the beginning. Four years ago I received a very good piece of advice from my college counselor before leaving for Oxy where he told me to say yes to all of the new opportunities I would be presented with during my first month of college. I’ve already waxed poetic on what good advice this is in a past blog post, but today I want to say thank you to Oxy for all the amazing things I have been able to say yes to.

During involvement fair my freshman year (and every year afterward), I have joined an inordinate amount of clubs and subsequently tried a whole bunch of new activities. I’ve tried to learn how to fence and how to tango, I’ve volunteered at local schools and painted...

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May 2, 2015

Blogger: Sarah Safuto

Blogger’s Log, Stardate 92929.48. History honors comps finished. Final papers almost finished. Summer job secured. Future looking bright. Blogger still a fan of mini-horses but has accepted she will never own one for herself. Realization made future look less bright, but not overwhelmingly so.

Uh, transition sentence. Sorry, comps are over so I have literally lost all ability to think about how to switch from one topic to another. Pretend there is something here.

Anyway, have you ever seenThe Truman Show?

Well, first of all, if you haven’t, please reassess your life and fix that mistake. If you have, let’s grab coffee. Either way, I’m going to refer to one of the pivotal final scenes for a second to be dramatic, so stay with me.

As the main character...

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April 29, 2015

Blogger: Aviva Alvarez-Zakson

Well friends, it’s here: my final week of college. I have found myself more emotional than usual. Music is making me cry; my hugs have gone from 10 to 15 seconds long; and every coffee at the Green Bean feels like a mini goodbye. Every class, meal, and quiet moment in the quad is just another tick away at my college career. It is unbelievably easy to get caught up in whirlwinds of nostalgia, sadness, anxiety, FOMO (fear of missing out), and fear, but I am also in a sea of love, appreciation, and joy. Yes, I am leaving behind a lot, but I am leaving it with the best people possible.

Folks, today I am going to talk to you about legacy. Everything I have had the opportunity to accomplish at Oxy was never my own: it was all passed down to me by a long line of driven and dedicated students before...

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April 25, 2015

Blogger: Lisa Chung

I just want to be real in this post. As a student admissions blogger, I tend to feel this self-imposed pressure to paint everything in college in a positive, happy light. And yes, things in college are for the most part awesome. I love my classes, professors, friends, extracurricular activities, and I absolutely love Oxy. But there are days and weeks when all of us can literally start to feel our shoulders sag from the weight of just... everything.

It's that time of the semester when students are starting to burn out when they least need it. With finals around the corner, student clubs and groups holding end-of-the-year events, and research projects being assigned left and right (I have three research papers to do), I know that, at least for me, it has been harder...

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April 21, 2015

Blogger: Denzel Tongue

Hello blogosphere! My name is Denzel Tongue and I am a sophomore sociology major, public health minor. This is only my second time doing this whole blogging thing but once again I’ll give it my best shot!

This school year has been the busiest I have ever been. Sitting on the Black Student Alliance’s E-Board, working as one of the Diversity Initiative Interns in admissions, starting on the Men’s Lacrosse Team, sitting on the Student Marketing Board… just to name a few things! Being able to participate in so many organizations has been a huge growing experience for me, as I slowly learn how to take on more responsibilities and become a leader. As the semester nears the end I have become reflective about the year overall. I...

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April 18, 2015

Blogger: Claudia Dumpson

Hey everyone!

Spring has officially sprung at Oxy! As you may know, Oxy’s campus is beautiful, but it’s especially beautiful in the spring. With temperatures in at least the 70s every day, I’ve been trying to spend more time outdoors, which isn’t hard to do when you go to Oxy. In no particular order, here are my three favorite outdoor spots on campus!

Branca Patio

Branca Patio is the outside dining area outside of the Marketplace. The weather has been SO nice this semester (which isn’t out of the ordinary) so I’ve been having most of my meals outside. I have a love/hate relationship with the sparrow-type creatures that flutter around and occasionally rest on people’s plates when they go to the bathroom, but I love Branca nonetheless.

Academic Quad

The...

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April 16, 2015

Blogger: Daphne Auza

I’ve never been any good at good-byes. I either obsess over making them perfect, or I avoid them completely in order to avoid the whole messy process. Neither are probably the most emotionally mature way to approach the situation, but I’m still figuring it out. This being my last post ever for the admission blog, I am tempted to write a heart-wrenching and eloquent farewell to Los Angeles, or something that will do justice to the time that I’ve spent at Oxy. But each time I try and form the words to do so, I can already feel myself melting into a puddle of raw feeling that historically hasn’t resulted in my best moments of coherence.

I can most succinctly describe my college experience as a series of rapid changes. Coming to Oxy, I was the farthest thing from self-aware. I...

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