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Hello, my name is Samantha Smylie. I am a third year History major, (potential) politics minor POSSE Scholar from Chicago, Illinois. I concentrate in Middle Eastern and North African History, but I also find myself talking a lot about race, gender, class, and higher education in the United States. I hope to be a journalist with a public radio show like Serial, This American Life, Snap Judgement, and so many others.

When I’m not reading almost 100 pages a night for my classes, I’m doing a few things on campus and for myself (because who is more important than me?). I am a part of the Oberlin College Dialogue Center (OCDC). I love the cool people that I work with. I love that I am applying my skills of conflict resolution to real life situations. It’s amazing. I use Facebook to keep myself updated on current social justice issues — I am always reposting articles online or writing a lengthy post about different social justice issues. I guess you could call me a Facebook activist. And recently, I started a podcast with my friend Hyacinth called “A Spoonful of Honey.”

Being a student at Oberlin has opened up many possibilities for me. Being in the presence of notable scholars, being in an institution with rich history, and being around other students with a passion for social justice has really changed me as person. Since coming to Oberlin, I have been thinking more critically about the world around me and I have found myself questioning everything — even the institution that I am at now. My mission for this blog is to invite you to Oberlin with open arms, give you a couple of laughs, tell you a couple of personal stories, and give you a holistic view of Oberlin (the good and the bad). I hope you enjoy my writing. Have a wonderful day.

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So You Want to Go into Public Radio

I love podcasts and public radio. Since my second year at Oberlin, I've been trying to figure out how to make podcasts and get a job in the field. Here are some resources that I've found and some tips that I would like to share about radio at Oberlin.

Letters To Sammie pt.2

I graduated from Oberlin and I still can't believe it. This is a short letter to myself and a lot of "thank yous" to faculty and staff who changed my life at Oberlin. Thank you all so much.

Being Stagnant Is Playing it Safe

Lemonade by Beyonce helped me to create a summer reading list and taught me a few things about Black feminism.

My "Must Have" College Items List

Things you should consider buying before or after you arrive to/in Oberlin.

100 Black Musicians

Celebrating Black Music Month with a list of 100 Black artists that I love. Enjoy!

Letters To Sammie

I'm sorry that this blog post is late. Whoops. I wrote a letter to myself because I feel that it is important to constantly look back at where I am at different time periods in my life. Maybe you guys should think about doing the same. :) Shout out to the Oberlin Class of 2015! CONGRATS!

50 Songs For Finals

Hey you guys, I know that this time of the year is very busy. I just finished finals and wanted to give you guys a list of songs that were played on repeat for me. I didn't realize that it was 50 songs. I hope you enjoy the list.

20 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me Before Oberlin

A brief list.

Support Is.......

As a college student, everything is not just about academics. But those little things that harm you as a person will harm you as a student.

Fears and Frustrations Turn Into Winter Term Dreams

My reasons for loving winter term and my recent heartbreak. Enjoy!

A Resolution for Everyone's Resolution List

Activism is the name of the game for 2015.

Finals Drama and Holiday Goodies

In this post, I will give some of my tips for survival during finals week and holiday goodies that I made with my family. I hope that you all had a wonderful break!

Reflections on Thanksgiving

Passing the turkey and reflecting on life is a win-win situation.

In Those Times When I Miss Home

Chicago is my heart, the south side is my brain, but my family is my soul.

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