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Hope
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Occidental College as an educational institution strives to establish an environment where individuals learn from each other ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Occidental College as an educational institution strives to establish an environment where individuals learn from each other with regard to race, political identification, sexuality, gender identification, class background, and cultural heritage. Further, it strives for and exceeds this goal. Occidental College is a place full of bright, kind, hard working individuals that work to make the world a more accepting and better place.

Ashley
What is your overall opinion of this school?

This college would greatly benefit from a larger applicant pool; the student body would be more diverse not merely in terms o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This college would greatly benefit from a larger applicant pool; the student body would be more diverse not merely in terms of race but also in political ideology and overall academic achievement. I feel that this campus has a very liberal slant; in many instances, politically correct language is held to the utmost importance. As a result, discussions about political issues tend to be one-sided both inside and outside of the classroom. I feel that this stifles dissenting voices which are important to fostering diverse viewpoints which is one of the important things this college wanted to promote. (the irony...). Even the clubs in this campus have a liberal slant (take a look at the list of clus; you will see a trend or repetition). However, this campus does have a Republican club (albeit a small one) which I hope will help to serve as a haven for students with dissenting views. The professors, in my experience, are generally very knowledgeable and helpful both inside and outside of the classroom. If you make an appointment with them outside of their regular office hours, they will meet you, help you with study strategies, and get to know you personally. The classes are generally small and the level of participation varies among classes. I find that there is always that one student who is always enthusiastically participating which can be intimidating. It is very important to make some acquaintances in your classes; you will need them for notes. The CAE is helpful but has its limits; it needs to have more student tutors for each subject. The students in the writing center are generally able to help you polish your essay's grammar and flow but are often unable to provide feedback for thesis statements and the content of the essay. The social scene tends to be sluggish on fridays and the weekends. It is important to have a friend that can drive and transportation since pasadena is a short drive away. In my experience, it is very easy to become isolated in your dorm or the library if you are not careful but I suppose it is partially my fault for not joining enough clubs. The food here is generally very good; the portions are gigantic and it is easy to overeat even with Meal Plan C. If you want to watch your weight, avoid the cooler unless you are trying to get fruit, yogurt, and coffee. After a late night study session, the pizzas and candy will be tempting. This school is very expensive even for a private. Generous financial aid is required for most students to attend.

Rich
Protect your child...

So may kids are depressed, or afraid to go to social events because of the rape culture. This school puts on a great show bef...

Protect your child...

So may kids are depressed, or afraid to go to social events because of the rape culture. This school puts on a great show before you arrive, but they are completely unsupportive of students, the professors are generally unavailable outside of class, and the fees are endless.

Chaney
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would have told myself as a high school senior to always go with your gut and it is okay to be alone sometimes. Your gut is...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would have told myself as a high school senior to always go with your gut and it is okay to be alone sometimes. Your gut is there to protect you. If I went with my gut, I would have never second guessed myself and I would have never been betrayed by the group of people who I thought were my close friends. Resulting in this, I ended up alone and with very little confidence in myself. However, I learned that it is okay to be alone. When you are by yourself read a book, it builds character, or simply take time to learn more about yourself. You do not have to be with a group of friends to be happy. If you go with your gut you will protect yourself from betrayal and you will realize that not everyone is meant to be a trustworthy friend. You will find those few friends that you can count on. Until then it is okay to be alone. It gives you time to mature and grow as a person to make a decision on who deserves to be in your life.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known how to use all the free time I had and handle betrayal.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is enjoys the small classrooms and close interactions with their classmates and professors.

Irene
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Small liberal arts college with amazing faculty and endless opportunities in the wonderful city of Los Angeles.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Small liberal arts college with amazing faculty and endless opportunities in the wonderful city of Los Angeles.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be afraid. Make the right decision and hold onto your aspirations no matter how hard it gets. Do everything you can to make this easier on your parents, I know it seems like they are stubborn and unfair, but this is justified. Everyone is telling you you will regret this, but everything is possible! Just don't be afraid to put yourself out there and take advantage of everything. It isn't about the grades and scores and even the major, it's who you are. And you have everything you need to be everything you want to be. So be fearless.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone looking to challenge themselves and is ready to find and take advantage of opportunities.

Cynthia
Describe the students at your school.

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY (was not on the list of choices) My classmates, the ones that I spend the majority of my time with, are su...

Describe the students at your school.

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY (was not on the list of choices) My classmates, the ones that I spend the majority of my time with, are super energized & focused with high academic aspirations and standards while remaining patient, open, kind and full of laughter. They are also fierce and passionate about social justice issues and urban sustainability. They are inspiring.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Remember to be courageous. While you have no control over things that happened to you in the past you can control what happens in your future. YOU are the creator of your life even when it doesn't feel like it, and you're creating in collaboration with the Divine so you never need to feel alone. Think of your life as a feature film and YOU are the star. As you go thru school do it with the mindset of "claiming your education." I promise you learning will be so much more fun if you're really a part of it. Remember that you have all the answers and that they will surface exactly when you need them to. Remember that there is magic in your life and remember to be grateful. Be grateful for your mother and father, your sisters and brother and everyone else in your life who you consider your family and community. Remember to be grateful for all the fortune in your life. Don't worry so much about other people and whether they like you. You are a writer and your experiences will inspire your stories and your stories will inspire many. Practice math.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY (was not on the list of choices) People that shouldn't attend this school are ones that don't want to challenge the status quo. People come to Antioch because they want to make a difference in the world and because they want to give back. they understand that education is a privilege and they want to use their education in the service of others.

Youstina
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important advice that I could've given to myself is that I should've applied for scholarships. Scholarships are very...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important advice that I could've given to myself is that I should've applied for scholarships. Scholarships are veryy useful especailly if I am applying for a private unversity next spring. Also, procristination is my enemy in college because the professors are always giving new lessons and new assigments. Another advice that I would given to myself is that I have to manage my time really well between work, school, and studying. These advices are very significant and it would've made life better.

Leaseth
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The campus is small, you will have seen and/or met the majority of the people within the first month. The majority of the pro...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The campus is small, you will have seen and/or met the majority of the people within the first month. The majority of the professors are really accessible and willing to help. There is a section in the library that helps students with their homework from 6pm to 9pm. The Career and Development office is always sending emails with possible internships and job opportunities.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to become sociable and make as many friends as possible. It is important to be involved in different clubs and organizations because you get to meet new people and acquire leadership roles and skills. I would also encourage myself to approach professors with questions and attend their office hours to get help. I would advice myself to review class notes and readings twice a week to get a better understanding and so I can be better prepared for quizzes and tests. Having a group of classmates to work on homework together or compare answers is very helpful. Also looking for internships in the career paths that might interest you is important to do because then you have a little glimpse of the occupation and an idea of whether you want to pursue it or not.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

You shouldn't attend this school if you are really shy or conservative. There is not a lot to do on campus and it takes more than an hour to go anywhere on public transportation. If you are party person, there isn't many events or people to dance with.

Katelyn
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Occidental College is a liberal arts institution that challenges students academically and encourages them to live their coll...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Occidental College is a liberal arts institution that challenges students academically and encourages them to live their college experience to the fullest.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to stick with basketball, because at the time, I was burnt out from an injury and didn't want to play anymore. My coach and professors have challenged me here at Occidental to be a better student, athlete, and person. I would also encourage myself to pursue extracurricular opportunities, especially on-campus work and internships.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is that there is little going on during the weekends. With the amount of work spent studying for classes, it would be nice to have a better balance with social activities sponsored by the school.

Jessica
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first piece of advice that I would give myself is to allow room to grow. In terms of academics, this would mean to take m...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first piece of advice that I would give myself is to allow room to grow. In terms of academics, this would mean to take many different classes, in subject areas outside of my major, simply because they sound interesting. In terms of extracarriculars, this would be to make sure to go check out a bunch of different groups on campus, even though you would maybe be unsure about whether or not it was a good fit. If you only join the same groups that you did in high school then you might be missing out on so many new and exciting opportunities! Also, you may not think so, but this is a great way to make new friends that you would have otherwise never met. The second piece of advice to give to myself as a high school senior is to make an effort to keep in touch with people from your past. You may think that keeping in touch with old high school friends will be easy, but once college kicks in it actually becomes quite difficult, and you have to, and should, make that effort to keep in touch.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the attitude of both the other students, as well as the professors. I love that my peers are very passionate about what they are studying, and are eager to discuss these things outside of the classroom. In terms of the professors, so far I have definitely felt that everyone wants to be teaching, and they all have a passion for not only teaching, but more importantly, the subjects that they teach. And I feel that this enthusiasm definitely is noticable and rubs off on the students.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

There are a few things that I wish I knew coming to this school. In terms of academics, to try and do your requirements (for example lab sciences, pre-1800) done in your first year, so you have time later to take classes you are really interested in. Also, in terms of acadmics, understand that you don't have to choose your major until the end of your second year, so take some time before that sampling different majors, and especially different classes that sound interesting to you.

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