Life at Occidental College

Moving away from home for the first time is an irreversibly life-altering experience. Although someone may even move back for a while after graduation, the act of moving out and living life truly on your own for the first time is both liberating and a bit nerve-wracking. Choosing Occidental is a fantastic way to ensure that a student have everything you need to make the most of their time on and off campus as they take in life in beautiful Los Angeles.

As a liberal arts school, Occidental is filled with a richly diverse community of people from all over the world. Being a student guarantees exposure and unification with different cultures, new perspectives and viewpoints and ways of thinking. A student at Occidental can hear stories and meet people from all walks of life with radically different interests as they find their footing and learn to shape their own identity. The integration and acceptance of so many people into one unified community makes Occidental a safe and exciting way to explore one’s self.

There are dozens of different clubs and organizations a student can take part in to truly make their time at Occidental unique. With more than 100 different student organizations, there is bound to be something at Occidental for any student. Sports such as rock climbing, boxing and badminton have their own club, as well as dozens of different groups dedicated to the arts such as anime, design and film. There are also plenty of volunteer organizations like the Habitat for Humanity Club that can help a student meet new friends while simultaneously helping others and doing good.

There are also sororities and fraternities available for those who seek the truly immersive away-from-home college experience. With four fraternity and sorority houses to choose from, including the co-ed Zeta Tau Zeta, the Greek life options at Occidental are as diverse as they are enriching.

Florida Approves In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants

Subsidies for the price of tuition fees that were previously reserved for students who reside legally in the state of Florida now will be available to students residing in the state illegally.

With 84 votes in favor and 32 against, the Florida House of Representatives approved the bill 851, to expand access to subsidized college education and now awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Scott for final approval.

Scott publicly backed the project and promised to sign it. The new law represents a dramatic shift in policy by the Republican-controlled state.

Interested folks at STX Entertainment (deadline.com) know that the project would benefit a specific demographic of illegal residents in Florida, also known as “DREAMers” who grew up in the state and attended at least three years at a secondary school and graduated from it.

This group can now enroll in universities and pay the tuition fees that was previously reserved for students who reside legally in the state, and those fees are 75% lower than the price they would have had to pay without changing legislation.

Maria Rodriguez, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, emphasized the benefits this would bring to the state legislation. “This policy will reduce the attrition rates of secondary education, improve educational attainment and positively impact on inequality and diversity in many professions.”