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April 21, 2011

Wowzers it's been a long time! As expected everything is due at the end of the semester so I feel super swamped with work right now! However amid all the stress there have been some realllyyyyy fun events! Last weekend was our Sex On the Beach dance. The decorations were really nice and there were a ton of people! That day (last Saturday) was a really big one for me, because our normal second baseman (she's a senior) was in New Mexico visiting her future medical school. Since she was gone I got to play both games! And a little bit of the games on Friday too! I was really nervous, and to be honest I made a kind of silly error (but to be fair it wasn't going to be an easy play!) but after that I picked things up and made all the rest of my plays! Including one that, if I may brag about myself for a second, was a really difficult play :) So that was fun!!! Our last softball games are this Saturday! We have two against La Verne. Since it'...

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April 19, 2011

I know that when I was looking at colleges, food was a very important aspect to consider.  First off: Occidental has great food. There’s always a smorgasbord of options.  The main dining hall is called the Marketplace.  It’s open from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM every day.  You can rely on an organic salad bar, a sandwich making station, a home-style meal, delicious muffins, Naked Juice, ice cream bars, fresh fruit, and other great options every single day.  Throughout the week on alternating days, there’s a make-your-own-pasta station, a waffle-making station, an omelet bar, a stir-fry station, and a taco bar.  There are vegetarian, vegan, and nondairy items every day as well.  I love the Marketplace and have eaten MANY meals there. ...

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April 18, 2011

Hello! This is Noah checking in again. Today I wanted to share with you some thoughts about physics at Oxy. One of the main reasons why I chose Oxy was because I wanted to study physics but still be at a liberal arts college. I could not have made a better choice. The photo in this post was taken during one of my quantum mechanics classes. On the more beautiful days our teacher gives each student a slide and asks them to draw it on the sidewalk and explain it to the rest of the class. Pretty cool ... right? Studying physics at Oxy also gave me a great background for engineering. Next year I will be working on my masters at Carnegie Mellon University, and I won't have to take any prerequisites. I just get to jump right in. I hope you can tell that I loved studying physics here. Originally I was going to take part in the 3-2 program, but I just couldn't bear to leave Oxy a year early. I had a bunch of friends that did take part in it though,...

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April 14, 2011

Well, I have officially declared myself as a double major in music and physics.  Things are really starting to pick up speed now.  I am practicing for a concert this weekend, and another one in two weeks, followed swiftly by evaluation by a few members of the music board.  This means juggling about seven pieces at once, but I am thrilled!  I have managed to fit everything into my schedule very nicely, and am still able to take care of homework. The classes this semester have been fantastic.  I especially like the set-up for my physics course; the professor will go through sample problems during the class, so we actually get to see how everything is worked out, and he welcomes questions during the process.  I am a bit nervous about next semester, truth be told.  One physics course (complete with lab) and two math classes will be a bit of a load, but I have started going to the CAE whenever I have questions on the...

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April 14, 2011

I can't believe that there are only 3 more weeks left until summer! (Well, 4 if you consider finals week as well.) I still have a vivid image of my first day at Oxy trying to find where Johnson and Fowler were (without realizing that they are opposite of each other!) and having so much trouble unpacking all my clothes (I tend to over pack a lot), yet now it's already almost the end of the school year! These few weeks have been busy for me. Our French commentary about excerpts from the play The Bald Soprano (La Cantatrice Chauve) and our CSP research paper are due really soon. When I read the first exerpt of the play, I thought to myself: "This [the situation] is ridiculous! This can't happen for real!" The more I read, the more I began to realize that Ionesco (the play's author) creates the most ridiculous situations and actions to mock the life of bourgeoisie society and to emphasize the absurdity of...

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April 13, 2011

Hello! Sorry I haven't been terribly active with the blogging.  Life has been a little crazy of late.  This past weekend was Relay for Life, an annual, 24-hour walk that Oxy hosts every year to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Clubs, Greek organizations, sports teams, and regular students all form teams that raise money and have at least 1 member on the track for the full 24 hours.  Students sleep on the football field in blankets, sleeping bags, and tents, and it's always a great bonding experience.  There are performances, competitions, and games throughout, so there's lots to do in addition to just walking and hanging out with friends.  So that went from 5PM on Friday to 5PM on Saturday and took up a bunch of time. Then, at 7, I walked to Delta to meet the group of my sisters that was going rollerskating for a few hours!  We carpooled to this funky little rink in Glendale and went roller skating with a 70s theme.  It was super fun,... Read More

April 12, 2011

Hello there! So this past week was a little hectic with planning family events and especially Relay For Life. On Friday Occidental College held its annual Relay For Life event which is sponsored by The American Cancer Society. I took this quote off of the website so you can all know what this is about: “The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.” Relay is a 24-hour event where teams of people spend 24 hours at a field, at the football field for us, and take turns walking around the track for the whole 24 hours. Not only is this event a great way to fundraise for the cancer society but is also a great experience to bond with friends! This year Relay was special to me, not only because it was the first time I was attending it, but because...

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April 12, 2011

Hello All! Sorry I've been out of commission for so long.  I've been working on a really big research paper for my CSP.  Last time, I promised I'd talk about it, so here we are!  One of my favorite things about Oxy is the CSP program.  As a liberal arts college, Oxy is very writing intensive.  I remember I was very apprehensive and nervous over the summer about writing papers in college because I knew it was a lot more serious than it had been in high school.  If this sounds like you, don't fret!  Part of the idea behind the CSP program is to teach freshmen how to write a college paper.  That is what most of first semester in CSP is about.  The second semester CSP is meant to teach freshmen how to write a research paper.  We all have to write 10- to 12-page papers on a topic of our choice (though still related to our CSP).  I am in Animal Ethics this semester for my spring CSP, so...

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April 8, 2011

Just a quick check-in - in the midst of sending out applications for internships before I get lunch at 12. http://catalist.tv/ I was in the Catalist commercial for Muslim Students Association (MSA) with my girl Aja Sanneh - the post below me! It's the current episode (April 4, 2011). We're right at the 5-minute mark. I don't want to cut in on Aja's time to rep MSA, but I will tell you all to take a look at the commercial. Thanks Catalist!

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April 7, 2011

undergraduate research 1. undergraduate research: students work side by side over the summer on campus with professors.  they live on campus and get a stipend.  impressive, fun, productive. 2. for-credit research: students can work along side a professor and help them with research and receive credit for it. prettyyyy sweet. 3. richter: students come up with a proposal to research whatever they want, almost wherever they want.  they come up with a topic, meticulous budget and day-to-day itinerary, and contacts.  its an 8-month application process, but if you are approved, you get to spend 6-8 weeks abroad and oxy pays for all of it. ding ding, winner ...

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