Student Voices

Student roller skate in front of Thorne Hall

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.

Students studying in the library
November 30, 2016

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.

Image for The Transfer Experience
November 22, 2016

Transferring is a very personal experience. Admitting to yourself that you aren’t thriving in your current location is mentally challenging. Telling your friends that you don’t share their same enthusiasm toward your school is emotionally challenging. I saw my friends wrapped up in the excitement of the school.

Image for The Election as an International Student
November 16, 2016

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

Image for The Green Bean: My Greatest Decision
November 14, 2016

Oh, what’s that? You’re a poor college student in need of a job? Great, let me introduce you to a little thing called the Green Bean.

Image for The Big Picture
November 3, 2016

It is hard to believe that I am almost halfway through my sophomore year. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was tearfully saying goodbye to my friends and family. As I embarked on this new and somewhat scary chapter in my life, one of my biggest fears was that I would not have many friends.

Image for Why I Love My Liberal Arts Education
November 1, 2016

Confession: I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I don’t know what I want to do after graduation, I don’t know where I want to live or what kind of job I want to have. Sometimes, I think I know, and then I get distracted by something new and completely change my idea.

Image for Mealtime at the Marketplace
October 27, 2016

One of the things I have to mention every time I talk to people about my school is the food here. Food at Oxy is ranked no. 8 in the nation among all colleges in the U.S., and second for vegan and vegetarian opyions. The Marketplace is the biggest dining facility at Oxy, and one of my favorite places on campus.

Image for It’s Time for Class Registration Already?
October 24, 2016

Just like that, it is already that time of semester again! This being my first blog of the year, it is surreal to think that the second half of the fall semester is already well underway. As a sophomore, this means thinking about what major I want to declare and narrowing down the scope of classes that I need to sign up for.