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Lessons Learned: How to drink from a fire hydrant

My mom likes to say that sometimes life is like trying to drink water out of a fire hydrant. I think this is her...

Lessons Learned: From first-year roommates to dear friends

Culture editor Katie Moore and Opinions editor Shreya Srinivasan reflect on their college journey, starting as first-year roommates, staying in touch through the pandemic,...

Lessons Learned: How to get used to men, or not?

I don’t think I realized that my seven years of all-girls school had impacted me in any formative or traumatic way until I stepped...

Lessons Learned: How to know when to quit

I’m a master at the art of quitting. From baseball to Mandarin to fruitarianism, I’ve dedicated myself to every activity imaginable, only to quit...

Lessons Learned: How to find peace in the unknown

College has unsurprisingly been the best experience of my life — but not in the clichéd partying-five-nights-a-week and regret-filled reckless whirlwind many get to experience....

Lessons Learned: How to write frantically and uncover joy in every...

On one sun-drenched, jasmine-perfumed April day four years ago, I picked up my first copy of The Occidental from a campus newsstand on Admitted...

Lessons Learned: How to learn from yourself

I often look back on my 18-year-old self as being a child. She was one in a lot of ways — naive, nervous, open-minded and idealistic. But...

Lessons Learned: How to say ‘yes’ when you want to say...

My eye color and eye for photography are not the only things my father passed down to me. He also instilled in my growing...

Lessons Learned: How to hold on when you want to let...

Nobody wants to go to college with their older brother. No younger sibling wants to continue enduring the constant comparisons to him, risk running...

Lessons Learned: How to engage again, after all this time

Last year, during the very beginning of the plague, The Occidental published a series called “Letters From,” in which dispersed Occidental students wrote about...