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!

Second Semester Tips

Welcome back Oxy!

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Looking Ahead
Sydney Vermilyea '20
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Hey all! My name is Hannah Corman, and I am a sophomore from Long Beach, California. Here at Occidental, I am an economics major and a politics minor. Since I started my time here as a student at Occidental, I have been a part of the Student Advisory Wellness Committee, which we refer to as SWAC!


                                                                                                                                                                                  I am an involved student at Occidental College. When I am not juggling five classes,

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A Thank You Letter

At Thanksgiving dinner, my cousin and I (both sophomores in college) were reminiscing over how much we had changed in the past year. On a day-to-day basis, I never noticed the progression of change that was happening - my increase in confidence and outgoingness.

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Did Someone Say Finals?

Although I have been avoiding it, that time of year has come back. Between post-Thanksgiving-food coma and pre-snow-and-ski-all-day coma is the wake up call we've all been dreading: finals. Talk in the Green Bean circulates around dread and the need for coffee due to lack of sleep. In the library, students start staking out study spots that they won't leave for hours on end.

The Transfer Experience

Transferring is a very personal experience.

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The Election as an International Student

Growing up in an authoritarian country, this was the first time I have witnessed a democratic election.

The Green Bean: My Greatest Decision


Oh, what’s that? You’re a poor college student in need of a job?

Planned Parenthood Club: My Love for What I Do

Two years ago, a few female students got together and created what hadn’t existed ever before in Occidental College’s history: a group that works to protect, promote, and celebrate reproductive rights and inclusive sexual health.

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