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November 18, 2011

Wowwww!! Just finished a really tough week here at Oxy, but now I have the entire weekend to relax and then Thanksgiving break!!  Occidental has a very rigorous and challenging academic course load, which is great for an undergraduate education.  I am an Economics major here with an emphasis in business management, and like any other major and at any other college, you definitely have your stressful weeks! The Econ department has some of the best professors and is definitely one of the most popular majors at Oxy.  The major consists of two 100 level courses that are at the introductory level of macro and... Read More

November 18, 2011

Every Saturday myself and cohort of students dedicated to enjoying, studying, and discussing the connection between our food and the environment meet. We gather to garden amongst hundred year old oaks and a young flock of chickens. The club is called FEAST (Food, Energy and Sustainability Team) and ensures the life and health of our bountiful chickens, rich compost piles, and fecund vegetable beds.  The garden has given me the ability to unwind and reconnect with nature while staying in the lively and urban city of Los Angeles. Below is a panorama I took a few Saturdays back during a garden party:

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November 17, 2011

I've been counting the weeks until the end of the semester for two weeks now, and somehow the end doesn't seem any closer. Most people I've talked to are going home for Thanksgiving next week. Lucky ducks.

For the first time, this year I really want to go home for Thanksgiving (I never have and probably never will). That said, I'm looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with my Pasadena-based grandfather and a friend visiting from Scripps before heading out with her and some local friends to Calico Ghost Town for some mine-spelunking and old-West fun.

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November 17, 2011

Hi everybody! First off I'd like to apologize for the lack of pretty pictures. I write this short piece from my cubicle at my internship, which is coming to a close pretty soon. As I type, my boss is interviewing a potential replacement for me! I doubt she'll be nearly as good at filing though. This semester has honestly been the busiest period of my short life and I'm concerned that it will only get busier! My internship has been an amazing experience and oftentimes a welcome escape from the drama of campus life (read: sorority life) but I'm a little relieved to have the 12 hours a week back. Thanksgiving couldn't come faster! I just wrote a paper for a Judaism class by drawing parallels between the characters' academic interests and Freudian methods of psychanalysis. A truly liberal arts college kind of experience. My sorority's new pledges will activate this Friday, which is awesome! Congratulations to Alpha Lambda Phi...

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November 16, 2011

Hey everyone! Thanksgiving is almost a week away! (Can't wait to go home!) Around this time every year, students must register for their spring semester classes. The days leading up to registration can be very stressful. What if you don't get the class you want? What if you don't get any classes? What if you can't get into the class that you need to graduate and then you never graduate and can't get a job and are homeless and poor forever? (These are just some of my personal thoughts). Registration at Oxy begins with meeting with your advisor. Your advisor is a professor assigned to you freshman year that works in the department you plan on majoring in. He or she can help you choose the classes you want to enroll in. Your advisor also tells you what your registration time is. In previous years, each grade would have a registration day, and within that grade there would be two groups: morning and afternoon registration. If you get...

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November 15, 2011

Hey everyone, Just thought I'd post something new I've done in the last week or so - registered for classes for my first Spring semester! Urban Fictions CSP - This is part of the required Cultural Studies Program, and will examine the problems and promises of urban life in major cities like LA, Hong Kong, London, etc. and how they are portrayed in film, television, text and other media. I'm really excited for this course, even though it was my second choice of class - behind Music And Trance. Math 146 - Statistics/Statistics Lab - Since I will most likely be majoring in Economics, I thought it would be handy to get the statistics requirement out of the way in my first year. I have some background in statistics, after having done the Statistics and Probability Option in IB Higher Level Mathematics. I can't wait to get back into the world of stats! French 102 -... Read More

November 14, 2011

Last week I completed my final undergraduate class registration for Spring 2012. Not sure how I feel about that. Classes have always been a love/hate relationship as I typically enjoy the courses' content but dread the homework. So registration is a time where you can get excited to think about the topics you'll be learning about and not have to think about all the coursework that come along with them. For me, the registration process has never been too painful. I honestly can't remember a semester that I had to take a class that I didn't really want to or that I was required to anyway. This semester, they switched around the process so you pick two classes first in your first round, then your second two during a second round - giving everyone a better chance at getting their most desired classes. I have no complaints, especially since I'll only be taking three courses and got into all three that I wanted. I'm only taking...

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November 14, 2011

During my first three years at Oxy, I was able to live in three wonderful residence halls. Living on campus couldn't be more convenient - free internet and printing down the hall, classes and free food less than a two minute walk, to state the basics. I never had any particular complaints about doubles or triple rooms as I was always living with close friends and there is plenty of free space around campus to chill. Pictures and descriptions of them can be found here. Still, moving off-campus senior year has been awesome. While Oxy can't claim the status of UC-Merced's off-campus housing situation, Eagle Rock offers a decent variety of housing options. Some residencies serve as designated party houses almost every year, while others are...

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November 10, 2011

hello all, this past saturday i went to the oxy rugby tournament.  if you havent heard, our rugby team is relatively pretty good. as in second in the nation good. last spring, they won every game up until the championship game where they lost, placing second in the nation. so i decided to show my support... at 6:30am. in long beach. but it was worthwhile. [gallery]

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November 8, 2011

Hey everybody, (short post this week) As a freshman, I picked up on a trend that I noticed was apparent in some of my upperclassman friends - CLASSY MONDAY. I started doing it in the second week of school, and some of my frosh friends picked up on it too! I'm starting to catalog the results of each classy Monday, so here are some photos: [gallery columns="1"]

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