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August 24, 2011

Hey everyone!  I've been totally MIA this summer because things have been cuh-razy!!!  During May and June I relaxed at home a bit and was able to catch up with friends and family.  I spent a week in Sedona, AZ, with my parents, which was beautiful, a week in Ashland, OR, with my mom seeing plays at the Shakespeare Festival, and then a few days near West Yellowstone in Idaho at a family reunion, which was great.  Then, on July 8th I left for Zanzibar, Tanzania for four weeks with a nonprofit called One Heart Source (OHS) to teach about community health, HIV/AIDS, and English.  There were about 25 American and British volunteers on my program, and we lived in homestays in the small town of Bwejuu for the whole 4 weeks.  I had two roommates: one was an American who goes to UCLA, and the other was a Zanzibarian volunteer who helped by translating Swahili to English and vice versa.  The town itself was beautiful...

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August 13, 2011

As the summer vacation winds down, we begin to get ready for the new semester that is upon us. This summer had its ups and downs so I am pretty much ready to start school.  I would have loved to blog more this summer, but couldn’t fit the time. These past few weeks have been stressful as well as emotional. First I had to deal with the fact that I had a final for my summer course that I thought I was not going to pass (but did!) so that was a bit stressful.  And now my family is going through some tough times. My aunt (who resides in Guatemala where my parents are from) has been diagnosed with breast cancer and a week after, my godfather (who resides in LA) was diagnosed with cancer as well. I don’t want readers to be gloomy of these news because, although this is an incurable disease that has affected two people that I love, I know they are strong and will get through this. So moving on to a different subject, the semester is...

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August 7, 2011

Hi blog readers! This is the last post of the summer until school begins again in just 24 days! I can't believe how quickly summer '11 went by. What's new with me? I just got a credit card and I am finally feeling a little bit like a grown up. Time to start building that credit! Another HUGE thing that's happening in my life right now - the Her Campus Oxy launch!! Her Campus is a national online magazine written for and by college aged women (known on the site as collegiettes). I am proud and excited to be President/Editor-in-Chief of Oxy's very own Her Campus branch!! If you're interested in contributing to the site LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Twitter because information will be released very shortly! I am super excited for this new venture and hope that you all are too. For my August post I am going to give y'all some tips for getting through Orientation. It was a crazy week and it feels so long ago now, but it...

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July 27, 2011

Well my summer's about to wrap up in a couple weeks and I've only done about half the things on my summer to do list =/  6 flags is definitely happening this weekend though you know why?!  Because this weekend is National Dance day on saturday!  (July 30th)  You can learn all the dances for national dance day here: http://dance.blogs.fox.com/2011/07/07/three-routines-for-national-dance-day-2011/ On the work side of summer, I've been working at Merrill Lynch as a Wealth Management Intern.  Its a great opportunity, but perhaps the best part is that it goes toward my major emphasis in Econ as well =) Summer time is so short!  I can't believe I'm about to go back to Oxy, but there are definitely things that I am excited to go back for.  The beginning of the school year is such an energetic time.  New students are on campus trying to figure everything out, clubs are promoting events... it almost...

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July 25, 2011

Ministry of Magic, London

My summer is beginning to look slightly more hectic than an average semester at Oxy. I just arrived in London this weekend and have started work at Reach to Teach, a charity that designs curricula and helps spread education in India. I’m going to be working on the central part of India, and it’s really cool to be sitting in London and still making a difference for my own country. Another first day at work, another manic Monday, another broken down train…living like a local has its...

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July 13, 2011

Hi everyone! Hope you're all having wonderfully fun summers, I know I am! This summer feels super long for me for a few reasons: 1. We ended school in early May, which is crazy because in high school I wouldn't finish until mid June! 2. My job didn't start til mid June, so I had over a month to relax and be bored! 3. I want to go back to Oxy!!! It feels like this is the first time I've realllyyyy wanted summer to end because I miss college & all my friends! I'm currently at work. (Don't tell my boss!) My summer job for 5 years has been as an assistant teacher for a program at my high school called The Partners Program, in which inner city middle schoolers attend a month of fun and educational summer school. The students are all incredibly bright but do not have access to opportunities often available to higher income families. This is my first year as a College Intern at the program. I'm in charge of taking pictures...

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July 13, 2011

Hello there blog readers! It’s been two months and a half since I moved out of my dorm at Oxy and since then I have done some random, but entertaining things. First I finally went to Six Flags with my friends after a year of not going. I had plans of going to Six Flags way before with some other friends, but we never actually got there. Funny story, we were on our way there when we got into a car accident. My friend was driving and he was texting (we didn’t realize this until after) and he wasn’t paying attention so we crashed. [DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE!!] Nothing too serious, but the hood of the car was completely bent upwards which prevented us from seeing the road so we never got to Six Flags (that was in May). And now in July I got to go to Six Flags with my very good friends (who don’t text and drive) and we got on all the big rides (although we did get stuck on Riddler’s Revenge for a good 10 minutes). I have...

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July 13, 2011

Hi everybody! For my post this month I will be keeping it short (nothing to update you on anyway, all I do is work and sleep), and I will be writing a top 10 things I love love love and miss dearly about Oxy! Read on: 1. My friends, roommates, hallmates - all the people at school that I've gotten to know. I miss seeing boys skateboarding down the halls (against the rules!! Don't do this or suffer the wrath of your friendly RAs), and I miss my girlfriends banging my door down on Sundays to get go get breakfast. 2. Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha. I know I don't talk about it enough (/sarcasm) but I just love my girls so much! 3. I miss weekend brunch at the Marketplace (French toast sticks!) and having a meal plan in general. 4. This deserves its own spot on the list - the salad bar. I tried to recreate it at home and failed. 5. I miss the Green Bean! Strawberry cream cheese croissants haunt my sleep, seriously. 6. I miss the great classes. My...

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June 27, 2011

Hey everybody!! Hope you are all having a great summer! I have been having my share of fun as well, although the weather here has definitely not been up to my standards of "summer weather"... or even "go-outside weather".  Two days after the solstice, I took this picture. I think it speaks for itself. Seattle has been living up to it's rainy and overcast reputation. There have been a few pleasant days here and there, though, and Seattleites don't miss a beat stripping down to their shorts and tank tops... even if it's only 68 degrees (which would be considered practically frigid in Los Angeles).  I recommend all of you in more milder climates...

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June 24, 2011

I'm not joking. After being accepted to Oxy, I moved onto campus just before Orientation Week in August 2009. Besides going home to Connecticut for winter and spring breaks, I have neither left Los Angeles nor moved off campus. At the end of this summer I will have lived here for two years, and every day of it has been great. But David, what has kept you on campus for so long? The beautiful Spanish architecture, that wonderful SoCal sunshine and perhaps most importantly: employment. This summer I am have the same job that I did last summer, I am working for the Conference Services Office at Occidental College. That sounds nice David, but what exactly does that mean?

Well, I'm glad...

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