Winter Term


Each January, students explore topics outside of regular course offerings through Oberlin's Winter Term, a program designed to enable students to briefly devote all of their energy to a single project in a setting of their choosing.

Students complete individual or group projects, either on or off campus. Projects may be proposed by faculty, students, and even by staff members and alumni. Many academic departments offer projects, but students often devise their own. From Winter Term delegations volunteering in Guatemala and Belgium to spiritual retreats and Russian language courses on campus, students have a variety of options. Even projects as simple as learning to cook or playing the guitar are considered legitimate endeavors for the month.

While remaining in Oberlin during the snowy month of January may seem intimidating, many students find that it is one of their favorite times of the year. Without the pressure of classes or deadlines, there is more time to enjoy all that the campus and surrounding communities have to offer.

In addition to working on your project, you'll meet new friends and form communities around everything from cooking to building snow forts. Students who pursue their projects on campus enjoy concerts, theatrical productions, films, lectures, forums, and discussion groups.

Typical off-campus projects include - but are not limited to - career exploration, internships, and community service. Many students work as interns and receive placement assistance from Oberlin alumni, the Office of Career Services, the Center for Service and Learning, and faculty members.

You're only required to complete three winter term projects for graduation, but in typical Oberlin fashion, most Obies do something great during all four.

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So You Want to Go into Public Radio

posted by Samantha Smylie '17 | 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.

Winter Term, 2nd Edition: Guadalajara, Mexico

posted by Teague Harvey '19 | This year, I spent the month of January living in a completely new country, learning Spanish from scratch.

What I Learned From Making a Documentary Over Winter Term

posted by Jules Greene '19 | I'm definitely pleased with the overall outcome of my movie, since I wasn't exactly sure if I would even be able to finish it in the time allotted during Winter Term.

Winter Term: OC Men's Hoops Takes California

posted by Zach Moo Young '17 | One of the perks of playing college basketball is that it can take you places you might not otherwise be able to go.

From a Chilean Summer to an Oberlin Winter Term

posted by Lilah Drafts-Johnson '18 | If my Winter Term is an indication of how the semester will go, it will be a crazy but fulfilling semester.

Ask a Friend: Winter Term Edition

posted by Kira Findling '19 | Welcome to the second installment of Ask a Friend, in which four of my fellow Obies share their thoughts on the ups and downs of college life.

Jules Makes a Documentary in Oberlin and Becomes Ken Burns

posted by Jules Greene '19 | Weather problems aside, it's been lovely to get the chance to really explore Oberlin's campus with this project.

Winter Term Part 1

posted by Sarah Dalgleish '20 | Swim, sort frozen meat, repeat.

Español y yo

posted by Lilah Drafts-Johnson '18 | Two years ago I took my Spanish 101 final -- now I'm studying for finals at a Chilean university.

The Liberal Arts & Antidisciplinary Education

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | Exploring how the liberal arts at Oberlin leaves us space to explore antidisciplinary education.

My (Belated) Winter Term Post

posted by Tom Cline '18 | Better late than never...right?

A Blog Post About Toenails

posted by El Wilson '18 | What I did during Winter Term 2016.

Winter Term, We Meet Again

posted by Radia Lahlou '18 | This January, along with 6 other Oberlin students and 2 professors, I travelled to France for the sake of creating a documentary on French wine and wine making. Knowing nothing about wine or film made for an interesting, enriching and unbelievably fun experience.

The Essence of Time

posted by Alexandria Cunningham '16 | What is the essence of time? Why is Winter Term a great way to think through this question. Let's explore it, together!

Winter Term on Campus

posted by Celina Kobetitsch '19 | My on-campus intensive practice winter term project was just what I needed as a music performance major. It was nice to have so much time to devote solely to piano practice; other music schools and conservatories don't have this opportunity.

Winter Term, 1st Edition: SANCA Circus School, Seattle

posted by Teague Harvey '19 | Run away and join the Circus? Check.

Being Productive During Winter Term, Part 2

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | Part 2 of my productivity reflection for Winter Term.

Fun in the (202)

posted by Kameron Dunbar '19 | Most Obies will tell you about the awesome project they worked on over Winter Term, but it's not all work and no play!

California Dreaming

posted by Karalyn Grimes '16 | I've spent the last three weeks in California traveling down the coast and then back up again. My project has been creating a chapbook of poetry. Suffice it to say, this has been the most incredible Winter Term.

A Smattering of Thoughts I've Had Since December 18th

posted by Emma Davey '18 | December 18th being the day I came home. My feelings on winter term, David Bowie, and turning 20.

Winter in California: Burritos and Ending Social Isolation

posted by Kira Findling '19 | Winter Term is what you make it! For me, it's all about going out into the world and taking risks - and I love it.

X-Men: The Unexpected Virtue of Influence

posted by Jules Greene '19 | I've only attempted this daring stunt once before, and that quickly faded into obscurity. Before I started working on this story, the longest piece I had ever written for the screen was a teleplay of 40 pages or so. In comparison, feature-lengths are at least 90 pages, give or take, so I knew this project would keep me busy during my birthday month.

Being Productive During Winter Term, Part 1

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | The first part of my productivity reflection for Winter Term, a part of the year that feels ... well, different!

The Winternship

posted by Kameron Dunbar '19 | Forty hours of work a week isn't typical for a college student, but I quickly learned at Oberlin it can be. No, I'm not working 40 hours a week while juggling a heavy course load. Yep--you guessed it. Winter Term!

Winter Term in El Salvador

posted by Esther Espeland '17 | Oberlin in Solidarity with El Salvador!

Smock, Paper, Scissors

posted by Margaret Saunders '16 | My third and final Winter Term project with Aimee Lee ('99) and "Papermaking and Book Art Across Culture and History."

I Am a Turtle and Other Winter Term Lessons

posted by El Wilson '18 | How I learned that I am a turtle who is bad at chemistry and doesn't have x-ray vision.

Fears and Frustrations Turn Into Winter Term Dreams

posted by Samantha Smylie '17 | My reasons for loving winter term and my recent heartbreak. Enjoy!

Why I'm Glad Oberlin Has Winter Term

posted by Tom Cline '18 | I just got back to Oberlin from Atlanta, where I spent my Winter Term. There were lots of things I loved about Winter Term, but there were a few particular things about Winter Term I thought deserved special mention.

The Winternship

posted by Emma Davey '18 | What did I do during the 42 days I was away from Oberlin? Find out here!

Resolve to Action: Winter Term + Opportunity

posted by Alexandria Cunningham '16 | As well-intentioned as our resolutions may be, perhaps focused goals are more useful.

Winter Term Recap

posted by Molly Gorin '16 | Coming back to campus after six weeks is like wiping your past semester cleanly off your slate/hard drive and pressing "restart" or whatever this metaphor is.

Music and More #9 - Performance anxiety and Pedagogy

posted by Hannah Parkins '16 and Davis Erickson '16 | Hi podcast fans! Welcome to second semester! This is another special episode. On this installment of Music and More...

Chordophone Quest: There and Back Again

posted by McKinley Glasser '18 | On an epic Winter Term spent in Persian-music-study-land and the return to Oberlin. Also: watch me play kamancheh!

Winter Term, Part II

posted by Brendan Nuse '17 and Frances Casey '17 | Goodbye warm weather, hello warm...learning.

My Month in 1857

posted by Grant Goehring '18 | For my first Winter Term I wanted to conduct research in economic history, my primary academic interest.

Wintberlin, Springberlin, Snowberlin

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | Winter term is over! Long live spring semester! Long live Snowberlin!

The Shape(s) Of My Winter Term

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | In which I give you a quasi-geometric analogy from what I learned from my Winter Term.

Six Winter Term Feelings

posted by Rachel Finn-Lohmann '18 | From one home to another and then back again.

Oh the weather outside is... actually quite nice.

posted by Radia Lahlou '18 | 5am reflections on the end of my first semester of college + winter term.

Most Winters in a Blog

posted by Charlotte Ahlin '15 | My last winter term. Look how many times I drew Jack Kerouac! Maybe too many times.

Halfway through LaunchU!

posted by Ty Diringer '14 | Here are five of the participants in this year's LaunchU.

Intensive: A Chronicle of Winter Circus Adventures

posted by Andrea Allen '17 | Winter Term '15: I ran away and joined the circus and I train 20 hours a week.

Winter Term Fitness

posted by Christie Krancer '18 | In which I strive to make my body the best place for my mind to be.

Chordophone Quest: Part 1

posted by McKinley Glasser '18 | Two chordophones. One month to create beautiful sounds. Alternate title: "I Should Probably Be Practicing."

Winter Term, Part I

posted by Brendan Nuse '17 and Frances Casey '17 | In which Brendan and Frances try their best to avoid the Polar Vortex in whatever way possible.

Winter Term, Research Term

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | Looking for an exciting and glamorous winter term project? Try capstone research!

Meet the LaunchU Team!

posted by Ty Diringer '14 | Here are the faces behind the brand.

Some Winter Terms!

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | A look at a wide array of Winter Term projects!

Winter Term Tales

posted by Molly Gorin '16 | Which, I know, should really be called winterm. I've been saying this for two and a half years. It's not catching on.

Winter Turmoil

posted by Peter D'Auria '14 | Reflections on friendship, Canada, the Oberlin experience, and wearing socks on your hands.

Month at the Museum

posted by Margaret Saunders '16 | A Winter Term recap of the Practicum in Museum Education course at Oberlin's Allen Memorial Art Museum.

Oberlin Meets the Business World

posted by Ben Reid '16 | "Wall Street would be a whole lot better with a little more Tappan Square in it."

Wintersemester auf Deutsch

posted by Ida Hoequist '14 | In a word: silly.

Takeaways and Lasting Impressions

posted by Alexandria Cunningham '16 | Some final thoughts on Winter Term '14... Here is to a month well spent, laughs well had and much appreciated personal growth.

Just Another Winter Term Blog Post

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | Winter Term doesn't have to be the most exciting thing; mine wasn't!

My First Winter Term Project

posted by Ben Reid '16 | Winter term, round one.

Bendable Things

posted by Andrea Allen '17 | The question of what I did for Winter Term has many answers.

Wild 'n Wiser

posted by Alexandria Cunningham '16 | What does it mean to find yourself (metaphorically that is)? Is it your wild intuition? Is it your carefree personality? What makes self-discovery useful for you?

Switchin' It Up and Movin' It Down South

posted by Alexandria Cunningham '16 | Winter Term swept me up in a snowstorm and transported me down South. Now that I am here in New Orleans I have all these cool things to do, like...

I Bet Alexandre Dumas Got Writer's Block Too

posted by Charlotte Ahlin '15 | Entirely belated musings on the end of winter term and the death of a famous explorer by beach-stabbing. I know that it's Alexandre, not Alexander, but I feel like he'd be cool with it.


posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | When I was in my end-of-semester-only-able-to-think-in-wordplay stage, National Story Translating Month (a nod to NaNoWriMo) was the title I almost gave my winter term project, which was translating a German short story into English. Luckily, a friend intervened and I ended up calling it "Winter Term German Translation Intensive." Alas, sometimes professionalism has to win out over cleverness.

The Back of Steven Fry's Head

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | This is the primary view that I was afforded of the man behind the voice of the Harry Potter audiobooks, one night during Winter Term.

The Need To Feed

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | The unofficial winter term project name is The Need to Feed. The unofficial unofficial project name is OMG WTF (Wow, That Food!) WINTER TERM.

A Winter Among Friends

posted by Griff Radulski '14 | My new friends have paws, hooves, horns, and attitude. I wish you could meet them, but pictures will just have to do.

Fearless in Seattle

posted by Dara Lehrer '16 | We may be fearless, but we're certainly not sleepless.

On Photography, Discipline, and the Lessons of Winter Term

posted by Paris Achenbach '13 | In my last post, I talked a lot about the freedom of Winter Term, and how fun and fulfilling it can be. But I wholeheartedly believe that on the flip side of any freedom is discipline.

What I Always Imagined Winter Term Would Feel Like

posted by Ida Hoequist '14 | Did I promise I was going to talk more about linguistics? Yes. Would I be doing this even if I hadn't promised? You couldn't stop me with a heavy blunt object, my friend.

A visual guide to how I spent my winter terms

posted by Dale Rothenberg '13 | After three years in the cold Northeast, I needed a change.

What's up, Arizona?

posted by Paris Achenbach '13 | In which I express my bountiful appreciation for this little thing called Winter Term.


posted by Dara Lehrer '16 | ...and the tricky business of knowing when they exist and when they don't.

I went out to get me a cold pop... (And other excuses for my absence)

posted by Simbarashe Runyowa '15 | I didn't grab no shoes or nothin' Jesus. I rayan for my life. (All the way to New York.)

The First 15 Days of the New Year Don't Count, Right?

posted by Charlotte Ahlin '15 | This year, I resolve to come up with punchier excerpts. Please oh please, click to make gigantic.

A Chickenkeeper Abroad: At Home as a Foreigner

posted by Griff Radulski '14 | I'm leaving Oberlin for a semester, if not a year, and it's got me thinking again about what it means to be home. Over Winter Term I found a home in Monteverde, temporary, but a home nonetheless; and before I get all maudlin about leaving Oberlin, I wanted to share some snapshots of a beautiful month.

Ghost of Winter Term Past

posted by Sophia Chen '12 | One of my physics videos is now on the YouTube!

Pardon me, but which way is it to Athens?

posted by Eli Goldberg '12 | Some thoughts on teaching intensive ancient Greek.

I Wanna Weave You A Sweater

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | ...I wanna write you a (winter term) blog post. That's how the song goes, right?

I LOVE WOLVES (Banff Part 3)

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | Good wolfy, don't chase the elk...

Banffragilisticexpialidociousushi (Banff Part 2)

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | Huskies and cucumber rolls!! Mainly huskies.

1. Banfffffff*!$?@(*&#?^@%! Part 1

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | The Deer Whisperer

In Defense of Sore Muscles

posted by Ida Hoequist '14 | As our Director of Athletics, William Roth, puts it: "'Learning and Labor' is just a rephrasing of 'sound mind, sound body.'"

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

posted by Ida Hoequist '14 | I just spent a month training at a circus school. And if you think that sounds foolish or lazy, I invite you to read this post.

Winter Term Routine

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | My winter term project this year is reading Les Miserables, Moby Dick, and Bleak House. I didn't think I was being ambitious, I swear.

Sort-of spontaneously situated in San Francisco

posted by Chinwe Okona '13 | True Life: I'm in the Bay Area for Winter Term.

Winter Raiders

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Sci-Fi Hall decided to blow off some finals stress by dressing up as post-apocalyptic bikers, smearing fake blood on our faces, and raiding another theme hall. This happens from time to time.

Essential Wisdom from the Fall of 2011

posted by Jacob Lamoureux '12 | ~ what my last post was supposed to be ~

hey whats ur winter term

posted by Paul Buser '15 | kinda hard to explain via txt - call?

A Hazy Shade of Winter (Term)

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | Winter Term is a time for one for-credit project and as many sub-goals as you can handle, right?

Becoming BFFs With Procrastination

posted by Alanna Bennett '13 | Designing your own winter term project is an exciting thing. You get a kind of freedom of form and topic in these projects that traditional semesters don't often offer. It can also be, in execution, a bit terrifying.

Ah, you'd like two tickets to the laser show?

posted by Sophia Chen '12 | The gun show is sold out for now. While you wait for the next time we tour, please enjoy a description of my Winter Term/honors project. Since you're so accommodating, let me also offer you two tickets to the potassium show.

My Winter Term

posted by Marsha Lynn Bragg | I'm kinda envious, especially since many students pursue their winter-term project in another country, perhaps some city with a warmer clime than northeast Ohio in January.

From Yarn to Garment X

posted by Ida Hoequist '14 | A decidedly DIY guest post - if I combined my sheep-to-yarn skills with her yarn-to-clothes skills, we'd be unstoppable.

Winter Term On Campus: So Chill!

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | A pictorial essay of winter term in Oberlin (and a load of theater reviews)!

Soaking Up The Sun in Singapore

posted by Ruby Saha '14 | My Winter Term in (mostly) sunny Singapore learning Arabic and piano, and eating my mother's cooking.

The Beginning of the End

posted by Helena Thompson '11.5 | Songs for a New World opens this Wednesday. GET READY, OBERLIN!

Oregon: Alis Volat Propriis

posted by Ida Hoequist '14 | A Winter Term learning independence among sheep, chickens, and seven year olds.

Foreign and familiar.

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | Where I was, what I did, what I ate, and who I was with during my Winter Term in the Philippines.

Winter Term Recap

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Purple potatoes, more cinnamon rolls, and why D&D is a conceptual model.

My Winter Term in Lists

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | It's possible to teach English, completely in English, to people who speak no English.


posted by Christine Chang '13 | Looking back on a winter filled with books and histories, I think the award for creepiest anecdote goes to Charles de Lint, and his story of a creature who lived in refrigerators and sucked the yolk out of eggs. If the human in residence then refused to buy any more eggs, the creature would move out of the fridge and on to the vitreous fluid in said human's eyeballs. Good times.

West Coast/ Winter Term

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | Although not a Winter Term on the West Coast, unfortunately.

The Dissociated Press: An Antique Adventure

posted by Eli Goldberg '12 | For three and a half weeks, we've slipped into an archaic apprenticeship system and become printer's devils. When else could I do something like this, if not during Winter Term?

Teaching English

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | There was also a bonus piece to the puzzle that they could collect if they found Bigfoot and told him some facts about himself.

C is for cookie!

posted by Helena Thompson '11.5 | Rue made cookies. We decorated them. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

Winter Term: A Project a Day

posted by Griff Radulski '14 | The idea is simple. I have to make one thing every day - anything from a wolf hat with headphones sewn into the brim to the slightly ambiguous "important arrangements."

Keep-ing it Real

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Winter Term co-ops and cinnamon rolls! Includes lots and lots of process pictures, a la Ma'ayan.

We don't believe in winter around here.

posted by Chinwe Okona '13 | That's right, Florida is the best place to spend Winter Term.

A Robo-pansy's Winter Term Project

posted by Sophia Chen '12 | I'm on campus working on making pedagogical-but-not-pedantic, extremely low-budget videos on various physics demonstrations with physics professor Aaron Santos. It bridges the gap nicely between humanities and science.

The blessings of Winter Term

posted by Prof. Sebastiaan Faber | Winter Term still has the delightful feel of space and possibility that I am sure it was designed to have by the brilliant, counter-cultural minds that came up with it some time in the 1970s.

Winter Term Reflections

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | Four Winter Terms, three projects, an incredible internship, a Broadway debut, and much, much more.

Life in Narnia: Winter Term 2011

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | I'm going to be modeling the spread of information through social networks. Other people in the class are modeling swarms of locusts, a zombie infestation, and deformation of the magnetosphere by solar wind.

Winter Term Check-in

posted by Christine Chang '13 | 新年快樂! [Happy New Year!]

Further Winter Term Plans

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | "I want to do it!" I said. "I love pit orchestras!"

Joining worlds.

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | ...specifically my cultural and artistic worlds. And yes, that is the motto for Oberlin Shansi. Am I hinting at something?

The Winter Term Photo Album

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | In order to get an idea of the scope of Winter Term projects, we asked students to submit photos. We received shots from the top of Kilimanjaro to the Mad River Valley in Vermont; Prague to Washington, DC; Seattle to Oberlin. Then we made an album.

The Ultimate Winter Term Project List

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | The most amazing, delicious, creative, fantastic and new things to do for the month of January.

Just a thought

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | A wordy and rambling entry rife with thoughts. There's also a picture thrown in to break things up.

Food and Fashion, Oh My: Winter Term Roundup

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I finished off my Winter Term with a foodie flourish and a fashion show... lots of photos included!


posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | I've transitioned very quickly from seeing suffering and resilience to silliness and pleasure, and it's been difficult to rationalize and connect these two parts of my life.

The Students Are Coming, the Students Are Coming II

posted by John West '10 | In this post: the pseudo-triumphant return of John blogging, how freshmen walk, atrophied vocal chords, dinner parties, what I've been doing, what other people have been doing, shameless self-promotion, and much, much more.

My Winter Term in Lists

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | One good thing about being back at Oberlin: The weather is better.

I like to eat- eat- eat- Apples & Bananas.

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | ...just not when they're made out of clay. Have I mentioned that I'm spending my Winter Term making a claymation movie? Oh yeah, I have. Multiple times. Well, here it is.

A reporter let loose in the halls of the US Senate

posted by Sam Jewler '10 | My last day interning at TIME magazine was also my best day. One lesson learned: not all US senators are larger than life.

Trial by Fire

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | I did my best deer in the headlights impression, at which point the guy I was assisting said not to worry, he'd help me with some of the talking.

American Graffiti

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | More about latrinalia, Winter Term, statistical analysis (and not doing it), and a whimsical, completely unrelated movie review for variety. Pictures included, of course.

Riding in Vans With Girls

posted by Helena Thompson '11.5 | I am exhausted. Worn out. Sore from my fingertips to my toes. But it's definitely worth it.

The Chronicle chronicles.

posted by Alicia Smith '10 | A brief overview of my Winter Term experiences as a "real world" newspaper reporter.

What language barrier?

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | Usually our conversations involved me trying to express myself with improperly conjugated verbs and him good naturedly pretending that he understood what I was saying.

A month of one's own

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | A month to yourself. A WHOLE MONTH.

"I think I look for meaning in the wrong places sometimes"

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | How to study bathroom graffiti seriously, with theories, transcriptions, and *photos*! LOTS of photos!

Pimp My Dollhouse

posted by Eli Goldberg '12 | If I've learned one thing this Winter Term, it's to always look under the roof!

All work and no play.

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | In between breaks of being consumed by clay fruits, Karl looks for excitement to break the monotony.

Photo Update

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | There were volcanoes. Volcanoes are awesome.

Fooding Around During Winter Term

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Warning: please protect your keyboard before you read this. Very delicious photos within.

Guys and Dolls

posted by Eli Goldberg '12 | Roman roof tile, Radio Free Association!, the Ladies' Home Journal, and more affairs of Winter Term living

Give 'em a Hand-uary

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | (I know I've mentioned my difficulty with titles before.) Who knows that this won't be incredibly valuable later in life? Or that it won't be, and I'll just be thankful I did it anyway? Or that I'll regret it and it will serve as motivation for me to get going and choose a major, since time for me to do so is rapidly running out?

A Soup-a-Day Keeps the Winter at Bay

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I am taking this month of no assigned obligation to get lots and lots of work done on my senior cinema project, which is making a stop motion animation of a variety of soup recipes.

Winter Term: The Saga Begins

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | My (many) little projects are intended to turn me into a well-rounded dilettante--while maintaining my priorities, of course. Unrelated but pretty pictures included.

Things to come.

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | This blog's purpose: to motivate Karl off of this computer chair and start working on his Winter Term project.

My Winter Term to-do list.

posted by Alicia Smith '10 | If I accomplish this whole list, I deserve a cookie. Or two.

A meaty discussion

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | Keeping vegetarian in Oberlin is easy. In rural Nicaragua? Not so much.

And for the rest of January...

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | It's not the traditional research position that biochem majors normally pursue, but then again, I'm not a typical biochem major.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | Going back through the many pages I scribbled two years ago has been extremely helpful, and alternately depressing and entertaining.

Winter Term Plans

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | I've been listening to a lot of Jesus Christ Superstar in Spanish.

Re: Newt Trim

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | Interest piqued? The title is an anagram for something pretty awesome at Oberlin.

How to Grow a Band from the Ground

posted by Helena Thompson '11.5 | Snow + Connies from the South + a month of free time = ?

Liberal Arts Meets Big Business

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | In high school, due surely to a lack of adequate allowance, I sold cans of soda that I bought in bulk from Costco and kept stored in a portable cooler to students just coming out of gym class. It would follow that a lifetime's worth of amateur experience culminated in my participation in the Entrepreneurship Scholars program.

Teaching English as a Second Language

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | The challenge over the month came in donning both roles--as both a teacher and a student--all while being reassured along the way that we were likely to catch dengue fever, get taken hostage at a Jakarta airport, and be heaved out of a moving train on our way to Moscow.

Winter Term Abroad

posted by Prof. Sebastiaan Faber | I've always thought that leaving the country is one of the best ways to spend January.

"Most people learn by observation, and there are the few who learn by experimentation. And then there are those who actually TOUCH the fire to see if it's really hot." -Anonymous

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | I got my grades for my first ever semester in college back a few weeks ago, and I'm...pretty pleased, actually....

My Winter Term in Lists

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | Since my semester hasn't really started yet, I present you a summary of my Winter Term, instead of a description of my new classes.

A Pirate's Ship Full of Booty(ful Experiences)

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | A final week with the Pirates... a wayfaring seafaring voyage that will take me to the ends of the world...err... New York.

On picking my Winter Term

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | He proceeded to talk about a hotel that once existed, the spirit that haunted it, and the bomoh they hired to appease it.

Circus Parties and Finales

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | We were getting bedraggled, after countless handstands, cartwheels, and rope climbs. Yet as the weeks wound down, we got closer and closer as a group.

A quick yet well thought out vignette

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | German, food, and friends. Good times, free time, and endless hectares of vocabulary to learn. Co-oping, the present perfect, and the biting cold.

All I've Learned

posted by Emily Robinson '12 | I thought I'd share with you 10 things I have learned during my time at home, and despite their narrow margin of relevance, maybe they'll come in handy someday.

Winter Term: Last Year, continued

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | This mix of people leads me to a very important topic: food. Malaysia, and particularly Penang, where my grandparents live, is well-known on those travel cooking shows for having amazing food. Those shows aren't lying.

One Must Have A Mind Of Winter

posted by Will Mason '10 | Bartok and Techno, but not at the same time.

Seattle, the city of neighborhoods.

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | "I've never been to Seattle," I said, imagining gray skies, coffee, comic books and indie bands.

Me vs. My Bookshelf

posted by John West '10 | In this post: the inadequacy of my wit, avoidance of bad ad copy, books I should read, and Nick Hornby.

Pirates Throw Fine Parties

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | The party-goers are riveted, seeing their words transformed into a play in front of their eyes. The skits are performed with wacky costumes, wigs, and glasses, much in the style that children would play dress-up and make up stories.

With the Pirates, Day Six

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | At 2.15pm, the lights went down and the excitement went up. All the writers were introduced, taking bows to waves of applause. The Story Pirates theme song was performed, and the show was on!

Winter Term: A Retrospective

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | Though they all speak English, I've come to realize that what my uncle once said is very true: the conversation will start out in English, move on to a mixture of Chinese and English, and finally settle completely into Chinese.

Pandas, Swiss Army knives, Sigourney Weaver, and of course, bamboo!

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | So visualize this: I'm in my basement this morning, working on my bamboo bicycle, joining the steel remnants of a child-sized bike frame to my bamboo tubes.

Will makes his bed; lies in it.

posted by Will Mason '10 | On spending too much time in my practice room, reading lists, and "Twilight."

Off to Circus School!

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | Right now, I'm in Seattle, studying at SANCA, the School for Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. To put it succinctly, this school is going to kick my ass.

Ode to Team-Teaching

posted by Prof. Sebastiaan Faber | January is supposed to be a quiet month, but as usual I've got too many things going at the same time.

A Start of a Winter Term in the Big Gritty

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | So, when everyone started talking about their plans for winter term in that "I'm really trying to avoid my finals work so I'm going to talk to many people I haven't talked to much this semester" time in December, I had a great name to toss into conversation, even if I didn't really know what I'd be doing yet.

O Little Town of Oberlin

posted by John West '10 | In this post: countercyclical economics, Main Street v. the Big Box, student migratory patterns, the Evangelical Vatican, yoga, and a poor ending.

Hallo, ich heiße Megan!

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | I am here to take Intensive German in an effort to shove enough grammar and vocabulary into my head to take German 102 in the coming semester.


posted by Joe Dawson '12 | Aahhhhhh! (that's 'Ahhhhhh' like the sound you make after taking a satisfying drink of Coke Zero™, not like 'Ahhhhhh please don't lock me in that iron mask for years because I look like my brother the king')

Cultivating a passion for globetrotting

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | We also had an accidental four-hour stay in Bratislava, but hey, spontaneity and learning to roll with it is part of the adventure of traveling.

One month, one thousand opportunities

posted by Emily Robinson '12 | Winter term sounds cool, until you actually register for one. Then, it becomes amazing.

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