Hey everyone!! I'm so happy to be joining the admissions blog for Oxy! My name is Chris Monteath and I am from Nashville, TN (I am just one of the few students at Oxy from the Southern region of the US, but hopefully there will be more in the future!). I am currently a Junior studying Diplomacy and World affairs with a minor in Economics and Sociology. Right now I am studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the semester. I just started to study Mandarin Chinese here and I'm having the time of my life! I highly recommend studying abroad when you guys go to college! It's so worth it! and if you choose to go to Oxy, Oxy's International Programs Office makes is super easy for its students to study abroad all over the world! On campus, I am heavily involved with dance. I am CoPresident/Choreographer/Dancer of Dance Production (the school's largest club and most anticipated event of the year!). Also, I am a...Read More
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October 24, 2011
October 23, 2011
What a world of difference just a few weeks makes. Last time I posted, I really was just getting settled and was still tired from being immersed in French, from eating dinner later, and from just generally getting settled into the lifestyle here. Now that I've been here for a few more weeks, the time is already starting to fly by. My mom is coming to visit me in just 4 days, and in my head, her visit marked the halfway point, so this is going fast!!! Two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to go to festival of Breton dance with my host uncle, who teaches that style of dance. Nantes is the historical capital of Bretagne, which for a long time wasn't even considered part of France because they speak a different language (Bretagne, which is not a dialect of French but rather a "relative" of Celtic) and have different cultural traditions. But it was fantastic to see authentic customs like that being kept...Read More
October 22, 2011
Oxy is considered by some to have one of the most liberal-minded student bodies in the country. Yet, this past month (after being bombarded with images of "Occupy _____" in the mainstream media and observing fellow students skipping classes to attend various rallies), I realized I had yet to participate in any sort of real protest or rally during my three years here. Then, as if by cue, a fellow fraternity brother encouraged us to join him in a rally that he was helping to organize through a Urban & Environmental Policy (UEP) course at Oxy. The rally was targeting Trader Joe's, who has refused to sign a "fair food agreement" that would...Read More
October 20, 2011
October 20, 2011
I went home for Fall Break and spent some time with my family and visited with a few of my friends at UCR. It was a nice little break from the homework, papers, and midterms. Speaking of midterms I have one more to study for. Its for my DWA class. Lots of reading and studying to do... Besides that, everything is going pretty well. Right before Fall Break I ordered a few posters for my dorm room because I had put it off for so long and people were telling me that my room was a little boring... not anymore! Well I hope not, haha... Anyway, I have to get back to studying. Until next time.
KEEP CALM and CARRY ON
October 20, 2011
What can I say? I was more than happy to pack up a small bag and get home to spend some time with my family. It was my sister’s birthday weekend and my family and I were at the pumpkin patch at Pomona this Saturday looking for any that caught our eye. There were tons, and we carried them back home to get them carved for fun. I did not end up choosing one, but it was totally fine because I returned home to homemade carne asada nachos and tacos with some red spicy sauce. I did not know how much I missed food from home until I took a single delicious bite out of my plate of nachos. Yum! I got back on campus this past Sunday and it was a bit strange. Before I left for Oxy, I told my sister that I was “heading back home”. Home for the last 17 years has been with my parents. However, these past 7 weeks have proven otherwise. I’m currently living in Newcomb in a triple and I’ve been having a great time. Classes are a...Read More
October 19, 2011
fall break: 2011. i flew to sf, saw my little brother (a fantastic freshman year so far), went to fremont, took BART to berkeley. the pictures do most of the talking, but it was an amazing break--rested enough to take a constitutional law midterm? we'll see. [gallery]Read More
October 18, 2011
There are too many places around L.A. to have fun, but I found myself drawn to Joshua Tree National Park for the third time now during our Fall Break, which is a four-day weekend every October. Joshua Tree, a massive desert park that offers a variety of terrain and camping choices, has never disappointed. My favorite activity has to be "bouldering" where my friends and I (carefully) climb piles of rocks until the sun sets. Then the stars come out in full to offer a great view not always visible within the city of Los Angeles. Less than a three-hour drive from Oxy, J-Tree is a great desert camping destination and a compliment to the many other camping/backpacking opportunities around Southern California. It's also near Coachella, CA - home of the epic music and arts festival every spring. Enjoy some pictures of my weekend adventure: [gallery]Read More
October 18, 2011
Last Friday the Echoplex played host to a Portuguese duo that play under the name, Buraka Som Sistema. Along with their trio of MCs, Lil John and DJ Riot threw down a great set with their classic African kuduro layed over tropical house beats. Check out the videos below! Hopefully Oxy could get performers like this for Spring!!! Buraka Som Sistema - Sound of Kuduro Buraka Som Sistema - Kalemba (wegue wegue) BURAKA SOM SISTEMA \'Hangover (BaBaBa)Read More
October 18, 2011
Hi blogosphere, Fall Break is just about to end, which is sad, but less sad is that that means all my friends are coming home to Oxy! Yay! I spent my fall break sleeping, reading, sleeping, going to the beach, sleeping, and working. One of the BEST BEST BEST parts of fall break this year was that NCIS (literally my all time favorite TV show, and yes, I do know I'm the only person under the age of 45 who watches it religiously) filmed on campus!!! The team was in the field catching a bad guy who stuck a bomb under a school bus full of little girls wearing cute school uniforms. This is my girlfriend and me with the star of the show, Mark Harmon, who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs. He's extremely nice in person, he was talking to all the adoring fans!!