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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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November 7, 2017

Jack Allen '19 

My name is Jack Allen and I’m currently living close to Geneva, Switzerland. I’m participating in the SIT: Banking, Finance and Social Responsibility program focused on educating economics, finance and accounting students about the importance of alternative finance and investments. I picked Switzerland and this program because I felt that Oxy lacked finance classes and that the location and program offered me a unique opportunity to study and work in finance. Currently I’m working for a wealth management company as SIT offers us time to intern for five weeks if we can get a job offer...

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November 7, 2017

Spencer Raub '20

My name is Spencer Raub and I am currently a Sophomore biochemistry major on a pre-med track here at Occidental. Outside of my passion for medicine, I have a passion for ice hockey. I have played since I was three-years-old and my life seemed to always revolve around hockey until one day it didn’t. I had always played at a high level and was being recruited by the BCHL...

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November 7, 2017

Katherine Kim '19

I remember thinking about what I was going to study in college before even submitting a single college application. Applying to colleges not only involves answering each institution’s questions, and writing personal statements, but also fielding the inquiries of family members or close friends as to what you are going to do in college, what you’re going to study, and what your plans for the future are. If you’re like me, I had very little idea as to what I wanted to do and tried to dodge those questions or answer them as ambiguously as possible, fearful of committing to a...

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October 23, 2017

Matt Hao '19

Hey Oxy, it’s me Matt! Where am I currently writing this, you may be wondering? Marketplace? Green Bean? The Clapp? Though all excellent places for blog writing, I’m actually sitting by the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary! What?? No, I didn’t decide to jet across the world for a weekend, I decided to jet across the world for a semester. That’s right people, I’m studying abroad in the beautiful city of Budapest. Now, if you’re a prospective student, or even a current tiger, wondering if you...

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October 18, 2017

Danica Gressel ‘18

If you had asked me in my first year at Oxy if I would ever be the president of a fraternity, I would have said, "impossible". But here I am, in my senior year, the president of Alpha Chi Sigma. Alpha Chi Sigma (AXS) is a national professional co-ed fraternity based in Chemistry. The purpose of our organization is to provide a space where people from various science and non-science backgrounds can come together to share their enthusiasm towards Chemistry and the other STEM fields.

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