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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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November 7, 2011

The quizzes, exams and tests don’t stop and I seem to still have so much to do. There’s about a month left of classes here in Hong Kong and the work isn’t letting up. In other news, I went to Mong Kok and bought a tripod so that I could do some night photography. Above is the view from the top of my hostel here at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Enjoy. David is a junior Economics major, a very amateur photographer and dressed up as a "Hairy Crab" for Halloween.

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November 6, 2011

So, the really cool thing about my study abroad program is that is gives me a lot of free time to travel around all of Asia! Although I go to the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a normal exchange student, I was lucky enough to not get Friday classes!! In fact, almost all the exchange students here only have 3-4 days of classes and the rest of their time is free to do whatever they like! Awesome, right?! Right now I am in Bangkok, Thailand on a little weekend getaway. No. Big. Deal. Aha, I am so lucky to get to travel around like this!! Its such an amazing opportunity! Yesterday my friends and I got to ride elephants through the jungle... check it out:[gallery]   In two weeks I'll be headed to Taiwan, and hopefully in December I can make it down to Vietnam. I...

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November 6, 2011

The past couple weeks have been quite busy... Homecoming and Family weekend. A-Trak here on campus for Halloween. Volleyball, Football, and Water Polo games. (CONGRATS TO WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL! SCIAC CHAMPS!) Lots of fun activities, but lots of classwork as well... I had midterms for Spanish and DWA along with a test for calculus, a few quizzes, and an essay for my CSP. I think I managed everything pretty well. I did miss out on a few hours of sleep but that is to be expected... In between the coursework, I was able to attend a poetry open mic night on campus for the Spoken Word club. I was really impressed. All of the poets had so much talent and it was really interesting to listen to them all tell their stories and experiences. Spring 2012 Course Registration is this week! I'll let you know how that goes...  

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November 4, 2011

Hello all, hope your Halloween was awesome!

I honestly don't have much to say about what's going on with me right now, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to describe my Undergraduate Research experience a bit. Most people think undergraduate research looks like this:

I am here to tell you...

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November 3, 2011

Boy, have these past few weeks been busy! Good busy, of course. Last weekend, aside from being Halloween, was also Homecoming AND Parents Weekend! There was a ton going on on campus, from athletic events (football won!) and brunches with parents and tons of different opportunities to wear costumes! On Friday before the weekend we had the homecoming parade, where all the sports teams decorate a car and drive it through the quad! We made a yellow buggy into a softball - On Monday we had Trick or Treat on Greek Street, and after that there was a dance DJ'd by DJ A-Trak! (I'd never heard of him but apparently he's a big deal!) I was Pippi Longstockings for the first event and then changed...

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November 1, 2011

Hello to all blog visitors and followers.  I'm a senior Urban & Environmental Policy major from Portland, Oregon. I also serve on the student government and help manage the student garden.  I'm excited to start sharing what it's like to attend Occidental College! This past summer I worked with two other Oxy students as a summer fellow at Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers (SH).  SH was started by Oxy grad David Griswald '84 and has become one of the largest U.S. importers of certified organic and fairtrade coffee beans. The summer fellowships are facilitated through Occidental's Career Development Center and provide a great summer job and learning experience. Sustainable Harvest’s success is due not only to the company’s innovative practices but also its strong commitment to the environment and the communities it works with. SH has a triple...

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