Blog Posts by Caylie Cox

Caylie Cox
  • The DIY Westmont Experience

    After Dr. Beebe's announcement that we won't have in-person classes for the first month of school, many of us are missing Westmont more than usual.

    I’ve got great news: you no longer have to wait until September 28 for the Westmont experience—you can recreate it from the comfort of your own home! Here are three ways you can really get into the Westmont spirit, no matter where you are.

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  • Trust Fall

    Do you remember the meme that said, “I don’t know what will happen in [x] years. I don’t have 2020 vision,” where x was the number of years until 2020?

    How right we all were: No one saw this year coming. A pandemic threw the entire world into chaos and disrupted all our plans. As Westmont struggled with the legacy of racism in our institution and in our community, despicable violence by police officers against black civilians displayed the evil of racism on a national scale.

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  • Ellie Ford: Bringing Hurry to a Halt

    This is a post written by our very first guest writer, Ellie Ford! Ellie is a dear friend of mine, and she wrote this reflection about coming home from Westmont in Cairo all too soon.

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    Entering self-isolation straight off of a semester in Egypt is a little like running a 100-meter sprint only to careen into a pool of molasses at the 75-meter mark.

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  • Maybe: Love in the Time of COVID-19

    “I keep thinking of students who are in love…” Dan Chiasson reflects on college students’ pain during the time of COVID-19 in his article in The New Yorker, “The Coronavirus and the Ruptured Narrative of Campus Life.” For a few paragraphs, he mourns for those students who are in love, whether with “a subject, or an author, or a form of attention or concentration,” or another person. He mentions the loss of physical contact in a loving interpersonal relationship and the loss of the home that a campus can be.

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  • Upperclassmen, Explained

    As a second-semester junior, I’ve been reflecting on my time at Westmont. Recently, I’ve contemplated the strange phenomenon in which the first-years seem to get younger and younger every year (that’s how it works, right?). That made me think of how I viewed upperclass students as a first-year and how that view has changed since becoming one myself. I would like to provide a few explanations for some of the odd behaviors you may observe in upperclass students on campus.

    Odd Behavior: Lurking suspiciously around campus events while holding tupperware.

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  • Joy to Our World

    Joy to the world

    The Lord is come

    So begins one of the most famous Christmas carols of all time. But what does it mean when we talk about Christmas as a time for joy? 

    As the semester has progressed, I’ve sensed a bit of Gloom around campus that combines academic stress, exhaustion and homesickness. While I’m certainly not immune to Gloom, I draw on my college experience to propose an antidote: joy.

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