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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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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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