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Hi! I'm Brendan Nuse and I came to Oberlin from West Windsor, New Jersey. I'm a third-year at Oberlin, but this semester I am studying at Yunnan University in Kunming, China. I met Frances during our first year at Oberlin when we were both living in Barrows. I'm an East Asian Studies and Environmental Studies major, so I clearly spend a lot of my time studying studies. Outside of class, I've participated in a variety of other activities in my time at Oberlin. This includes everything from singing in the Oberlin College Choir to a (disastrous) attempt at playing intramural soccer.

My life in China is obviously very different than my life at Oberlin, but I am still an Oberlin student at heart, and I hope that I can instill some of my love for Oberlin in the readers of this blog.

Hey, I'm Frances (she/her/hers), a third-year student from the San Francisco Bay Area. In Northern California, nobody knows where Oberlin is. Some people may not even be able to find Ohio on a map. But why would they need to? They already live in a glorious paradise of temperate weather, liberal politics, and fine Latin American cuisine! (People from the Bay Area are really pretentious about where they live. And how good their food is.)

Despite what my friends back home may think about a tiny town in Ohio, I love living here. I really like the local Oberlin community and, of course, the college. Being here has already taught me how to incorporate words like "neoliberalism" and "anarcha-feminism" into everyday conversation, how to make jokes at capitalism's expense, and of course, how to combat a freezing winter. I live in Baldwin Cottage, and you may also find me procrastinating in Mudd or enjoying a meal in Harkness. I am passionate about reproductive justice issues and taking selfies with my cats.

True to my Californian roots, I am literally obsessed with food. If you plan to start a conversation with me about foods I like, get comfortable. When I'm not here in Oberlin, I'm usually cruising through the Bay Area blasting music, indulging in delicious food truck fare, or hiking on Mt. Tamalpais and taking in the view.

I came to Oberlin because it's just as weird as I am, and nothing so far has proven me wrong. I'm mighty excited to share my experiences with you!

{ Entries }


A CLASSic Post

What have we been up to in the classroom this semester? We hope we know.

Getting Oriented to Orientation

We ask our friends for the secrets to success with first-year orientation. Do they deliver? That's for you to decide.

Language Nerdism

In which we overshare about all the languages we have attempted to master...English still being one of them.

Senior Year Bucket List!!!

In which we get MAJORLY PUMPED for our final year at Oberlin!!!!!

Reading Our Way Through Life

In which we write about reading.

A Post With a Lot of Traffic (We Hope)

Ride on over to this post about transportation!

First Impressions: Across the Pond

In which we figure out what we're doing here.

Letters From Home(s)

A post as cheesy as Grandpa's Cheese Barn, in which we write letters to each other from across an ocean.

Oberlin and Social Justice ("Warriors")

Oberlin has been in the news a lot recently. Oberlin students have been portrayed as "oversensitive." But are they?

Truckin' Through Ohio, Wading Through the Wetlands

Travel stories from Oberlin and Kunming.

Worker Bees: Oberlin and Kunming

On reading, writing, arithmetic, and interviewing strangers in Chinese.

Blogging Across Oceans: Oberlin and Kunming

The start of the semester in two very different locales.

Summer Musings

On fun, perspective, and paid labor.

Is a Liberal Arts Education Relevant?

We look at our courses and try to figure out if we're living in the "real world."


It's been a year-long blogging extravaganza!

Oberlin's Top-10 Dream Destinations!

For prospective students who will be cruisin' through Oberlin in the coming months.

Winter Term, Part II

Goodbye warm weather, hello warm...learning.

Winter Term, Part I

In which Brendan and Frances try their best to avoid the Polar Vortex in whatever way possible.

Blogging Thankfully: Old Photographs, Friends, and Destructive Consumerism

In which we give thanks, both seriously and sarcastically.

What's On Our Desks?

In which Brendan reveals his greatest talent (Bop-It) and Frances shares her favorite inspirational quote.

We Talk About Classes With Class

Posts about classes are always the best posts.

What We Eat

Food is what gets you through college.

The Dog and Cat and Children Days of Summer

Summer discoveries from across the country.

Lessons Learned

Some gleaming pearls of wisdom from rising sophomores.

A Day in the Life at Oberlin

A never-ending thrill ride.

The View From the Other Side: College Admissions

This post is us freaking out about college admissions almost as much as you're freaking out about college admissions.

Oberlin, Part I

In which Brendan meets Frances, and Frances meets Brendan.

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