Student Voices

Student Voices is a blog run by the Admission Office in which current students write about their experiences with academics, sports, student groups, and other extracurricular activities. Considering Oxy? Hear what our students have to say.

james vaccinating a student
November 30, 2021

Hear how James Henderson ’22 spent this past year battling the pandemic on the front-lines on and off campus. 

City Hall Fountain
November 17, 2021

Wondering how you can put your networking skills to the test? Curious about internship opportunities at Oxy? Kerr Gebreselassie ‘22 and Maahir Uttman ‘23 detail their own internship experience with Occidental’s John Parke Young Initiative and InternLA programs.

Four women playing soccer on turf field during daylight
October 29, 2021

It can be stressful trying to balance everything as a member of the Oxy’s women’s soccer team and a Biology major, but with a lot of planning and support Kia Mackey ’22 has made them integral parts of her Oxy experience.

Large wooden orange sign reading "FOR GOOD" rests in front of a library circulation desk.
October 13, 2021

One of the most popular jobs for students is Oxy’s student calling program, Telefund, which supports the Oxy Fund. Alexis Chang ’25 shared about her experience working for Telefund, also known as the best-paying job on campus.

Micah Wilson '22 seated on bench outside of large academic building.
September 29, 2021

Ruby Ferehawk ’21 sat down with fellow transfer student Micah Wilson ’22 to discuss his experience transferring to Oxy as a sophomore in Spring 2020.

Two happy Oxy roommates
February 19, 2020

The moment I found out I got into Oxy Early Decision I, I felt so much joy and relief. I had put so much hard work into getting my Oxy application together with the essays and preparing for the ACT. After this big accomplishment, the next step in the process was to find a roommate.

MAMA music club members
December 11, 2019

The following is an interview detailing how Tzu Kit Chan ’23 and MAMA Club work to achieve their “goal to inform, inspire, and infect club members to expand their musical taste and horizons while developing a profound appreciation for music.”

Womens Volleyball Team
November 22, 2019

My name is Kat Chodaczek, and I’m a first-year planning to major in Media Arts and Culture at Oxy. I grew up just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and have lived there my entire life; the rest of my family hails from various other northeastern states. So how did I end up three thousand miles away at a small liberal arts college in Los Angeles?

November 4, 2019

I look at this badge hanging on the wall right across from me that says “Activist” from the “Armenian Women in Media” panel I recently went to as part of the ANCA’s (Armenian National Committee of America’s) Grassroots Conference, and I am inspired to share what this activism looks like in my culture and personally.

Jazz Henry '23
October 30, 2019

ICC leadership is passionate about their plans for the space to be more than just another place on campus, and have envisioned ICC bringing about change and social awareness at Occidental.