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.

Gabrielle Saliamonas Clearing an Attempt
August 21, 2019

Inhale. I close my eyes and try to mute the sounds around me. Moving my chalk-coated fingers ever so slowly around the pole, I make the micro-adjustments for my next attempt.

Zachary Galen and friends at Experience Oxy
August 14, 2019

Occidental College actually flew beneath my radar at first—I had not even known of its existence until I began filling out college applications last fall.

activists against gun violence
August 5, 2019

My name is Serena Francisco, and I am a rising junior and a double major in philosophy and Diplomacy & World Affairs.

Darla Howell Teaching English
July 24, 2019

At 8 p.m., I receive a text from my new friend Swanki, a Nigerian medical student studying at a college near mine in Nanjing. He texts me saying that he’s outside my dorm waiting to pick me up so we can grab food and later visit Xuan Wu Hu (Nanjing’s largest lake).

LifeMoves Internship Location
July 16, 2019

I’m Margot Heron, a rising junior with a double major in Critical Theory and Social Justice and Spanish, and this summer I am working as an intern for LifeMoves.

Environment California Work Team
July 9, 2019

Hey y’all! My name is Liz Frissell and I’m a rising sophomore at Occidental. This summer I’ve been working for Environment California, the largest nonprofit organization in the state.

Nina Srdić Hadži-Nešić helps a student in the career center.
May 2, 2019

Nina is a sophomore Diplomacy & World Affairs and Theater double major who is passionate about international relations and activism through performance. She also works at the Hameetman Career Center as a Career Peer Adviser.

Two Oxy students on the rugby team pose together
April 4, 2019

If you asked me last August what I’d be doing over spring break, I would’ve probably said something typical and vague, along the lines of going home and hanging out with old friends. I would have never predicted how I’d actually spend my spring break—in Dublin, Ireland with the womxn’s rugby team.

Oxy students performing in Dance Production
March 20, 2019

We never pass up the opportunity to talk about dance organizations on Oxy’s campus, especially Dance Production.

CPA Advisers two students
March 8, 2019

As college students and young adults, we are constantly told that we need to be thinking about our futures. Within the college atmosphere, there is immense pressure to succeed.