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March 29, 2017

April Khowong '19

My first year of college at Occidental was dedicated to trying various classes from a variety of different majors as well as taking classes that would fulfill my core requirements. Last year, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue and it was really stressing me out. I ended up taking classes in psychology, economics, marine biology, and sociology. Here is some advice: if you’re looking for a class that fulfills your lab science requirement, I definitely recommend marine bio because you get to go on a ton of cool field trips to aquariums, tide pools, and even go out on a boat to collect samples. Anyway, once you get most of your core requirements completed, you can focus on taking classes in the major of your...

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March 27, 2017

Will Nahmens '17

There is a general ebb and flow of life on campus as you move upwards from being a first year to being a senior. Your role and contribution to the campus community develops with each passing year. This is by no means a definition of every person’s Oxy experience, but as I’ve talked to my friends, I’ve noticed some trends that seem to outline each year we’ve spent at Oxy.

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As a First Year, everyone and everything is new and exciting, and the opportunities that surround you are ripe. It seems like each day you meet 10 new people, and much of your time is spent getting to know most of the people in your class. It can be overwhelming at times with so many new faces and names, but getting to know upperclassmen begins the incorporation of First Years into the Oxy community...

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March 4, 2017

Carol Ma '17 

The Lunar New Year Celebration is one of the biggest cultural events here at Occidental. Every year around February, Asian cultural clubs collaborate to bring the most important celebration in Asia to our campus. This year, the Chinese Culture Club, together with the Asian Pacific Americans for Liberation, International Student Organization, Japanese Culture Club, Chinese Student Association, and the Asian American Tutorial Project started to prepare for this event. From fundraising to food ordering, every step in this event is fully student-run.


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March 1, 2017

Irene Lam '17

“Comps.” You’ll hear the word floating around from every senior you might meet, often accompanied by a groan or a sad shake of the head. “Comps” is short for your capstone senior comprehensive project—every major has one, and the format for each is different. STEM majors might have a lengthy examination or a presentation on their research. For most humanities majors, it takes the form of a long paper, typically somewhere between 20-40 pages. Comps for art majors, however, is completely different—you could say we have the most fun.


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February 27, 2017

Nikita Wolf '20


#TBT Dance with Sex Positivity



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February 22, 2017

Jayne Wixtead '19 and Zach Solomon '19

This past week, the Occidental diplomacy and world affairs department held their annual UN Week that strives to raise awareness on an issue facing the global community. This year, the DWA department chose to focus on the refugee crisis that is currently affecting over 65 million people today. Speakers, art displays and panels were held around campus to educate students and community members about the struggles faced by refugees and displaced peoples....

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February 16, 2017

Stephanie Angulo '19

Halfway into finals week of last semester, the time of the semester where most Oxy students live in the library and lose motivation, I was lucky enough to get a little beacon of hope to keep going. I received an email that my interview from earlier that week had gone well and I was offered a position as a student independent research intern (SIRI) at the Jet Propulsion Lab! I certainly wasn’t as enthusiastic as I would have been due to the usual sleep deprivation and mental exhaustion that comes with finals, but nevertheless, I was super hyped to start the spring semester.


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February 10, 2017

Joscelyn Guzman '18

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (the first day of Black History Month), Rev. Dr. William Barber II came to Occidental's campus to share a message titled "Revival, Resiliency, and Redemption After Rejection," and I had the privilege of introducing him. The professors planning the event reached out to me and said that as a Religious Studies major and as a student who participated in Campaign Semester (an awesome...

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February 6, 2017

Laura Chun '19

As an active member of Occidental’s Swim Cult… I mean team, I have been looking forward to SCIAC Championships all season long. Because our season started in September and SCIACS are in February, many swimmers--myself included-- have struggled with a mix of emotions throughout the season. The road to SCIACs has been filled with moments of distress and possible thoughts of quitting, yet also moments of happiness and clarity. Finally, we have less than 10 days till our championship meet. We couldn’t be more...

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February 3, 2017

Tanvi Varma '19

As the clock showed 1:25 a.m. on Wednesday morning (two days into my second semester of sophomore year), I could not help but feel a wave of anxiety. I started panicking as I contemplated my class selections and their respective levels of difficulty. I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and give up. If I was already staying up past midnight in the first week of classes, how was I going to retain sanity for the remainder of the semester? Yet, somehow at that odd hour of the night, I convinced myself to close my eyes and breathe - to take a moment and calm down. Each semester would become increasingly difficult, but it was doable.


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