Student Voices is a blog where current students write about various experiences including academics, sports, student groups, study abroad, and other extracurricular activities. Hear what our students have to say!

Abby in Japan
A Look Into My Semester Abroad in Tokyo

Get a glimpse into one of the highlights from Abigail Sajdak's semester abroad in Tokyo: a student festival where she cheered on her new classmates and made new memories. 

Reyan ICC
Occidental's Intercultural Community Center: A Home Away From Home

Right off of campus, behind the College's library, sits the Intercultural Community Center (ICC). Designed for those identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, low-income and first in their family to attend college, the ICC is a home away from home for Occidental students. 

A group of Italian colleagues posing on a Roman street at night
City Living in Rome

On my first day at Eversheds Sutherland, an international corporate law firm, I had no idea what to expect. What could I do, I wondered, as a 20-year-old intern from the U.S. with no knowledge of the Italian legal system?

A cropped image of the top of a cathedral in Buenos Aires
Experiential Education in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Knowing that I’d be able to live and study in a foreign country for the same price as a semester in Eagle Rock was one of the deciding factors in my college decision.

Artful Insights: Finding Career Experience Through an Oxy Arts Internship

Each semester, Oxy Arts supports and funds Occidental students in internships at local arts organizations across Los Angeles. For Media Arts & Culture major Alexia Lara ’26, fall semester included an immersive experience at Avenue 50 Studio, a community art space near campus.

Hunter Leong stands in front of a university building in Korea whose walls are covered by moss
Learning Community and Time: Studying Abroad in Seoul for the Second Time

I arrived at the Incheon International Airport at 5:00 a.m. I brought out my T-Money card, which I have had since 2019, and took the hour-and-a-half subway ride to Hanyang University, where I was attending my J-term abroad.

Mia Thiagarajan Inside the United Nations chamber
Occidental at the UN

One unique program that Occidental offers students is the Kahane United Nations Program. Every fall semester, a cohort of students head to New York City to immerse themselves in a full-time internship at UN-related agencies, non-governmental organizations or country missions.

three students shot from below, constructing the Oxyhedron structure
Building Bonds and Polygons

On Friday, November 10, students, professors, and mathematicians came together to construct the Oxyhedron. 

Jule KR '25
PULSE: The Heartbeat of Oxy's Dance Community

Jule Kilgore-Reed ’25 is paving the way for the future of PULSE, the dynamic and inclusive dance organization on campus. 

Margaret Seaney 2025
Building Community at Oxy: My Experience with Alpha

What does Greek Life look like at Occidental? Margaret Seaney '25 shares her story about joining one of the College's two sororities. 

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