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Administration fosters a culture of indifference and condesc

Oct 04 2014Psychology
Administration fosters a culture of indifference and condescension towards students. If you want a forced triple in you junior year, or you like rules applied with arrogance and without explanation, or you want to attend an institution at which the administration ignored a very real rape scandall and culture on campus until widely reported in the press, then this is the place for you.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2016
Useful Schoolwork: B, Individual Value: F

I graduated from Occidental in 2008, and my

Feb 22 2014History/Histories (art history/etc.)
I graduated from Occidental in 2008, and my time there was probably the most miserable point of my life. I had some emotional problems, which is common in college, and the administration vilified me more than giving me any useful help.

It tries to fight its reputation as a party school but almost every student there drinks excessively on a regular basis and most of them use drugs. Cocaine is very popular and easy to come by.

While it's true that the school is ethnically diverse, almost all of the students are wealthy and there are visibly african-american, asian, hispanic, and white tables in the cafeteria.

The sciences at Occidental are excellent but the arts and humanities are very politically motivated. Good luck if you don't agree with the college's views. The college is also in very bad financial shape but spends an enormous amount of money on its image. There have been a number of scandals lately about students being punished for their political opinions, the college's extremely lenient sexual assault policy, and their grossly unfair treatment of workers. All in all I left occidental with absolutely no useful skills and completely unprepared for the working world.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Intuit-Certified Quickbooks User Preparedness: F Reputation: D+

Occidental is perfectly challenging

Sep 24 2014Biology
Occidental is perfectly challenging. I feel like you know that going in- if you read the mission statement. Occidental is preparing you for an increasingly interdependent and pluralistic world by challenging you to push yourself to your absolute greatest. The choice is up to the student though. To help to do this Occidental has amazing resources like AMP and SSAP that you can go to for extra help to help you excel. Occidental not only has these resources but has amazing research opportunities and internships that are exclusively for Oxy students. However, even then it is up to the student to go out of their way to apply to them. This is what makes your Occidental education a selling point for graduate school and for the work force taking upon those opportunities that you just don?t get at state schools. Occidental College has the tools to make your education more than ?just a liberal arts education? I feel as though some just don?t take upon the opportunity. Here is an example. Everyday a newsletter goes out with everything going around on campus and sometimes internship opportunities. That is where I found my internship with a big biotech company. When people asked me how did I get it I told them where and they said they never read the newsletter. The opportunities are there friends you just have to open an email or two. Also they choose a certain type of student body on purpose- because they realize people aren?t cookie cutter shaped like the state school system makes people seem. They give people a chance to take upon the opportunity because they see your potential. Also every professor I have had is willing to take time out of their day to help. I have had professors in the Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Education and UEP all set up a meeting with me outside of office hours. Their doors are always open. The way they stress writing is extremely important for your future no matter what direction you are going into. Occidental is an expensive school but if you take upon the resources and opportunities available to you it is worth it. I know my feelings will not change after graduation either.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Maintenance: A-
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