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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...

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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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June 16, 2011

Hello Everybody! I have been spending my summer on the opposite side of the coast in Massachusetts!  Thank goodness it's not freezing here anymore, but the whether is still not as prime as Los Angeles.  Unlike most students, I've decided to torture myself by taking additional classes over the summer!  Though its not an ideal way to spend your summer, there are many positives such as getting more units towards graduation, getting ahead in your major, or even lightening up your course load for the academic year to get involved in other student activities!  Along with this, I also have an internship with Merrill Lynch in the Boston branch.  ML is a place where I'd like to pursue a career, but I also get credit for my major!  Oxy's Business Administration emphasis for Economics requires you to have an internship, which they often help set up for you giving you a head start on life after college!  I am...

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June 11, 2011

... Well, mostly easy. After a hiatus thanks to finals, tearful goodbyes, packing, then moving back home and settling in, I am back! So what have I been up to the past couple months? I moved back into my old room at home, and let me tell you - the thing is a relic. My lime green walls (yeah...) are still covered in magazine cutouts, the cute fluffy stuffed animals still fill my bookshelves (yeah...) and all the questionable high school fashion choices fill my closets (say it with me - yeah..........). It's definitely nice to have my own bathroom, but I miss my mini-fridge, the microwave, and most of all, I miss my roommates and hallmates. It's a lot of fun seeing high school friends again! My girlfriends and I have been getting coffee, eating out, seeing movies, going shopping, getting manicures, and doing all the things we loved doing back in high school. It's also fun to see people I never thought I'd see after graduation - I've...

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June 6, 2011

summer 2011: disclaimer: i am from the LA area, so my activities are centered here.  but even if you are from far away, staying in LA over the summer is something a lot of students pursue.  with research, internships, fellowships, grants, or simply a job, you can live in eagle rock and have access to all the wonders los angeles has to offer. :) 1. beach with friends ...

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May 7, 2011

As you may or may not know, this past week was our Finals week. That is the week we all dread because it is when our knowledge gets tested. Not only do we have exams, but some of us, like myself, had a final essay (5-7 pages) as well as a 12-page Research Proposal due. So as you can see it was hell for me. After staying up all night working on these papers I finally got the chance to nap and study for my back to back Psychology finals. Ahh yes I was the lucky one to get a Perception (Psych) test followed by a Research Methods for Psych exam. But what kept me going was the fact that after those exams, my summer vacation was officially a go! So now all I have to do is relax and…PACK. Packing can sometimes be fun, but not when you have to dust off the furniture, vacuum the room, and clean the bathroom. I am now behind on all those and have to check out before 10am tomorrow. Woohoo! (sarcasm). But any who, my sophomore year has ended and now I...

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April 25, 2011

Well, the beard is long gone. Our team has won only three games out of our last six, and has instead turned to “good luck Mohawks” for help. Hopefully this weekend will be better… On campus, though, things are looking up. Room draw and course registration has passed, the Prospective Student Open Houses have begun, the warm southern California weather is finally returning, and I can almost feel my junior year coming to a close. I can’t believe I’m almost three-quarters of the way through college. It’s kind of scary. For room draw and course registration, I lucked out big time. Next year I’ll be living in Wylie (my favorite dorm) with two of my friends in a triple, and next semester I’ll be taking six classes, four for full credit and two for half. My schedule will look something like this: Monday and Wednesday: Mexican Revolution 3:00-4:30 Tuesday and Thursday: Yoga 8:00-9:00 Intro to New Media 10:00-11:30 American Studies... Read More

April 21, 2011

Occidental offers a variety of student services that are very useful to students' needs.  The neat thing is that all of these services are entirely student run.  The workers are students and the managers are students.  It gives a unique opportunity to work for the school, but also take on leadership responsibilities if you would like to apply to be a manager.  Here's a list of a few of many services: Bengal Bus: You can call a van any day of the week to drive you to places around the area. La Encina:  This is the school's yearbook. The Occidental Agency:  This is a graphics design agency that allows students to publicize events by submitting requests... Read More

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