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August 8, 2017

Elizabeth Andrews '20

Welcome Class of 2021 to Occidental College. The upcoming weeks leading up to move in and orientation can be a blur of emotions, but don’t worry! I am here to provide some overview of how to make the transition process easier. It is normal to be nervous about this big change in your life and preparing yourself can minimize some of the nerves. 


Moving in – Make sure you know where to go! Once you get your residence hall assignment, you’ll be able to look on a campus map to see where to go when you arrive. If you have trouble finding it when you get here, there will be orientation volunteers scattered around campus to help you find your way. There will also be...

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August 7, 2017

Claire Pollard '20

Hi everyone! My name is Claire, and I just finished my first year at Oxy. Since the class of 2021 is about to begin their first year, I’d like to share my experience in the hopes that others can feel comfort during those first few weeks. For most, coming to Oxy, they view it as a small school. But for me, after going to a truly tiny school for seven years, Oxy was a huge place. I missed the sense of community I had, especially after a rough first semester. I knew that the best way to find a small community within Oxy’s community was to join something-- one of the many orgs or causes we have on campus. That’s when I thought about rushing for Greek life. I’ve never been a “party-er,” and I didn’t want to end up...
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July 19, 2017

Claudia Lechner ’20

Claudia Lechner '20

Getting involved in summer research was the best decision I made as a student at Occidental College. My second semester of 2016, as a recently declared psychology major and a first year, I knew nothing about research. However, I did know that in order to explore the field of psychology and what it offered, I had to take advantage of the opportunities provided.  That was why when I found out about a research assistantship over the summer sponsored by the American Psychological Association, I applied, and almost before I knew it, I was being immersed into an entire world I had never once thought I would explore. Sometimes the idea of doing research sounds so far-off and even scary at first. I asked myself whether or not I would be...

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July 17, 2017

Laura Chun ‘18

Laura Chun '18

The summer is always an odd time for a college student. For some it means relaxing after a hard year, for others it means confronting adulthood. For me, this summer meant doing research as part of Occident College’s Undergraduate Research Center (URC). The URC provides funding for undergraduates to conduct research in their field for 10 weeks during the summer. As a history major, I am doing research about Vietnamese Amerasians, children with American fathers and Vietnamese mothers. Historically, Amerasians were often abandoned by their fathers and left in Vietnam. In Vietnam they faced a life of discrimination and hardship because of their biracial heritage. Later, this research will go towards my...

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July 7, 2017

Chloe Zeller ‘19

Chloe Zeller ‘19

Hello readers, my name is Chloe and I’m a rising junior at Occidental. I’m double-majoring in computer science and cognitive science and minoring in math. On campus, I’m a co-vice president of Planned Parenthood Club. Coming to college, I knew that I wanted to study math and cognitive science, and I knew I wanted to be an activist for Planned Parenthood. Studying computer science was a total surprise. I had to take a lab science, and the only class open was Introduction to Computer Science. It was quite a good choice. 

Studying computer science at a liberal arts college is so cool, there are so many paths you can take to get your degree. I mean, studying almost anything here is cool, but to learn...

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July 5, 2017

Dana Lim ’18

Dana Lim and friend Elizabeth

Instead of studying for exams and writing papers during finals week, I started off the first week of May and my summer in Venice, Italy. This would be my first time traveling outside of the United States. 

While in Venice for three weeks, I conducted independent research at the 57th La Biennale, the most prestigious international art exhibition, often referred to as “the Olympics of Art.” My independent research project, “Decolonization through Global Visibility of Indigenous Artistic Production,” evaluated the presentation of Indigenous material, focusing on how stories are told. It specifically focused on the exhibition Emissaries, featuring Maori artist Lisa Reihana who represented New Zealand. Reihana re-...

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July 3, 2017

August Barringer ‘19

August Barringer

I sit here in my room on a Saturday afternoon, thankful that I was able to sleep in; it’s been awhile since I was last able to do so! It all started on a Saturday when my dad was in town (dads do love their early morning risings) and then on Sunday was the Los Angeles Pride/Resist March. Now, normally I would leave myself one day to sleep in, but on that particular Sunday, I woke up at 6 a.m. to get ready to drive half an hour to some parking, walk a mile and a half to the parade’s beginning at Hollywood and Highland, then march for several hours to the main stage in West Hollywood. You may ask, why would I submit myself to such… effort?

Oxy has been my home for two years now, one year as a cisgender male and one as a transgender female. When I...

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March 29, 2017

April Khowong '19

My first year of college at Occidental was dedicated to trying various classes from a variety of different majors as well as taking classes that would fulfill my core requirements. Last year, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue and it was really stressing me out. I ended up taking classes in psychology, economics, marine biology, and sociology. Here is some advice: if you’re looking for a class that fulfills your lab science requirement, I definitely recommend marine bio because you get to go on a ton of cool field trips to aquariums, tide pools, and even go out on a boat to collect samples. Anyway, once you get most of your core requirements completed, you can focus on taking classes in the major of your...

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March 27, 2017

Will Nahmens '17

There is a general ebb and flow of life on campus as you move upwards from being a first year to being a senior. Your role and contribution to the campus community develops with each passing year. This is by no means a definition of every person’s Oxy experience, but as I’ve talked to my friends, I’ve noticed some trends that seem to outline each year we’ve spent at Oxy.

Campus Quad

As a First Year, everyone and everything is new and exciting, and the opportunities that surround you are ripe. It seems like each day you meet 10 new people, and much of your time is spent getting to know most of the people in your class. It can be overwhelming at times with so many new faces and names, but getting to know upperclassmen begins the incorporation of First Years into the Oxy community...

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March 4, 2017

Carol Ma '17 

The Lunar New Year Celebration is one of the biggest cultural events here at Occidental. Every year around February, Asian cultural clubs collaborate to bring the most important celebration in Asia to our campus. This year, the Chinese Culture Club, together with the Asian Pacific Americans for Liberation, International Student Organization, Japanese Culture Club, Chinese Student Association, and the Asian American Tutorial Project started to prepare for this event. From fundraising to food ordering, every step in this event is fully student-run.


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