Student Voices is a blog run by the Office of Admission, where current students write about various experiences including academics, sports, student groups, and other extracurricular activities. Hear what our students have to say.

JETting to Japan

Nervousness, excitement, exhaustion, wonder. I have been feeling a whirlwind of emotions since graduation.

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Oxy Football: Looking Ahead

Football has been played at Occidental since 1894, and my teammates and I are ecstatic to take the field late next August to start the 124th season of Tiger football after what was a tumultuous previous campaign and a winter break sewn with uncertainty.

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Transferring to Oxy

At the end of my senior year of high school, I was really set on engineering, but unfortunately I didn’t get into the school I wanted.

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Career Services for First-Years: The Ascend Program

My college goal was always focused and centered around the liberal arts but big into resources and opportunities.

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In the DJ Booth with KOXY

You may have heard that KOXY is Oxy’s student-run radio show, but it is so much more than that it’s Oxy’s go-to-pregame.

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Black History Month

When I initially came to campus, the Black Student Association didn’t have a large presence, so me and a few of my friends in Pauley would get together in my room to talk about issues we faced both currently and growing up.

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Diary of a College Athlete

As I lie in bed, my eyelids just barely wide enough to make out the image of the sun breaking free from the mountaintops, I shoot a glance at my alarm clock. Its blaring sound quickly gets me up and going, for I know that if I allow it to ring for much longer, I will disturb the peaceful hibernation of my roommate.

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The Gears behind Greek Life

Just about everyone knows what Greek Life is, and you see the organizations everywhere on campus: Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Omicron Tau, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Zeta Tau Zeta, Phi Kappa Psi, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

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Reflections from my UN Semester

As I write this, I’m watching the verdant, mountainous terrain of Costa Rica get smaller and smaller as our plane gains altitude, beginning our journey back "home" to New York City. We’ve just finished a weeklong field visit to the Puntarenas and San José regions of Costa Rica, where we learned about issues related to sustainable development and pineapple production.

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Apart from the Post-CSP Lunch Rush…

Every day is a great day to be a Tiger. That’s the first lesson I learned from my O-Team leader during orientation. As a member of the Class of 2021, I joined the herd of first-years engulfed by a sea of orange O-Team leaders yelling "Io Triumphe!" this August. But, my Oxy experience began earlier in the summer.

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