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Student Voices is a blog run by the Admission Office where current students write about their experiences with academics, sports, student groups, and other extracurricular activities. Considering Oxy? Check out what our students have to say.

April 18, 2018

Mitchell Johnson ’19

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. So I decided to go to community college and then transfer to specialize later on. It wasn’t until after I took my first engineering class at community college that I realized engineering was not for me; however it provided me a safe space to explore my interests and discover the learning environment that I thrive in. I knew that I needed a school that I felt...

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March 20, 2018

Adnan Shihabi ’20

The KOXY DJ booth

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. We always run live performances...

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March 20, 2018

Johnny Hammer '21

My college goal was always focused and centered around the liberal arts but big in resources and opportunities. I wanted to continue to learn holistically about the world but was unsure if there were any smaller schools out there that provided opportunities comparable to those of larger schools. Then I found Occidental, which checked off all the boxes and specifically had a program called InternLA that helps Oxy students gain internships in its location of Los Angeles. Among...

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February 26, 2018

Darla Howell '20

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. We talked about it so much that we came up with this idea of “The Black Hair project” about Black hair at Oxy. At first it was just a way to spend our weekend, doing it to just do it. Then after showing a few people, it ended up being a huge project that was showcased in Choi Auditorium on campus. The video includes students at Oxy...

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February 26, 2018

Alana Adelman '20

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. Nestled like a baby bear in her soft, cotton comforter, she, the non-tennis player, has the luxury of sleeping in for a few more hours. In many ways you may believe she was the lucky one; I know some...

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February 19, 2018

Carol Beckett '20

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. There’s always someone on campus showing off their sorority/fraternity merch - it’s a very popular go-to gym outfit. But where do all these organizations come together to talk about common issues and the Greek presence on campus?


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January 26, 2018

Theresa Edwards '18

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.

Just as everyone said it would, the semester has flown by. It’s been a wild and wonderful ride. Reflecting on the past three and a half months, the prevailing feeling that I have experienced in every moment and day is an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

My semester at the UN has been a dream come true. I first found out about the Oxy at the UN...

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January 26, 2018

Maya Angulo '21

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.

Alongside 37 other students from multicultural...

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December 4, 2017

Katherine Kim '19

As I am nearing the end of my third season with the women’s soccer team here at Oxy, I can safely say I have learned a few things I would not have known prior to becoming an NCAA D3 athlete. Like with all things, knowledge stems from experience, and while every experience is different, I feel mine can shed some light on life as an athlete here at Occidental. Here are some of the things I’ve learned:


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November 7, 2017

Jenna Feldman '19 

Hey Oxy family!


I’m Jenna, a senior DWA/Spanish double-major from the San Francisco Bay Area. This semester, I have the immense privilege of participating in the Oxy-at-the-UN Program in...

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