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.

The Homecoming Schedule
October 18, 2019

Homecoming at Oxy is a joyful weekend full of reunions, celebrations, and activities. Sports teams play important games and our choir performs their first concert. Accordingly, we asked representatives from a few different groups on campus what homecoming means to them:

Full Staff Photo
October 3, 2019

It was 2 a.m. I was sitting at a table in our newsroom with three other student editors, laptops and half-eaten sandwiches and papers strewn between us.

Students Julia Eubanks and Wafa Abedin
September 26, 2019

At my first year orientation, former ASOC president, Jacques Lesure, gave a speech centered on the idea of discomfort; change only rises from the discomfort of moving and shaking.

students at the UN building
September 20, 2019

Each fall a select group of Oxy students are awarded the opportunity to move to New York City and intern full time at the United Nations.

IPO photo
September 12, 2019

The unique and challenging nature of studying abroad has been well documented in the Student Voices blogs, but this piece is different from all of them. This is a real-life record of the first few weeks of an international student who is planning to stay here for four whole years.

The Night view from Griffith Observatory
August 28, 2019

It has been a summer full of tours, reading and socializing. But the prospect of returning to campus for a new semester is a compelling one.

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).