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2017 Blogger Application

posted by Ben Jones '96 | Bloggers needed!

A Day in the Life of an Obie

posted by Kira Findling '19 | What's a typical day at Oberlin, you ask? There's no such thing! Here's a day in my life - Wednesday, April 12, 2017, to be exact.

Reflecting on Fall Semester

posted by Kira Findling '19 | I want to be truthful about my whole experience: the joys, the triumphs, and the pain. No semester is ever all good or all bad.

On the President

posted by Zach Moo Young '17 | I've heard it can be cathartic to write, so I was thinking about writing on this year's presidential election.

A Tradition of Disillusionment, of Sound and Fury

posted by Jules Greene '19 | But the thing I perhaps struggle with most right now is how incredibly terrifying it is to exist in a moment that will be revisited time and again years from now, while being completely unsure of what is to come next.

Breakaway (not like the Kelly Clarkson song)

posted by Nick Endicott '20 | Well, this was my time. I was ready. My hair was cut, my ears were pierced, and I was armed with plenty of wild anecdotes.

H-Town Vicious

posted by Emma Davey '18 | This is how they made me/Houston, Texas BABY! - Beyoncé

Tell Us A Story: Oberlin Blogger Application, Fall 2016

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | It's that time again: apply to be an Oberlin blogger!

Summer Sixteen

posted by Kameron Dunbar '19 | "Looking, looking, looking...All summer sixteen." - Drake

Being Stagnant Is Playing it Safe

posted by Samantha Smylie '17 | Lemonade by Beyonce helped me to create a summer reading list and taught me a few things about Black feminism.

Getting Oriented to Orientation

posted by Brendan Nuse '17 and Frances Casey '17 | We ask our friends for the secrets to success with first-year orientation. Do they deliver? That's for you to decide.

She's Back!

posted by Esther Espeland '17 | Zesty Esty is here and she's better than ever!

The Beginning of the End

posted by Karalyn Grimes '16 | I am still here. Though I entered Oberlin with an expected graduation date of May 2016, my taking a semester off has delayed that until this upcoming semester. This reality took me a long time to accept and I have a lot of feelings about what "not graduating on time" means for me.

Reading Our Way Through Life

posted by Brendan Nuse '17 and Frances Casey '17 | In which we write about reading.

A Post With a Lot of Traffic (We Hope)

posted by Brendan Nuse '17 and Frances Casey '17 | Ride on over to this post about transportation!

A Letter to My Violin

posted by Calley Pierce '19 | "Painful though parting may be, I bow to you as I see you off to the clouds." - Emperor Saga

A Farewell to Home

posted by Teague Harvey '19 | Time marches on, circumstances change, and suddenly home isn't home anymore...

Sophomore Year Playlist

posted by Emma Davey '18 | What music got me through this semester, and why I love it so.

How To College Like a F*ing Adult

posted by Molly Gorin '16 | You could go to splitchers, or you could get yourself some coloring books and some crayons, and relax in the evening with a juice box like the f*ing grown-ass woman you are.

Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | It's been quite a while since I've blogged. Here's what I'm going to try and do about that!

My Weekend in NYC

posted by Kameron Dunbar '19 | Multiple airplanes, bus rides, subway adventures, and train trips made for an awesome fall break.

An Ode To Home

posted by Teague Harvey '19 | You'll be having the time of your life.... And then it hits you.

Ladies of Literature (Plus David Sedaris)

posted by Emma Davey '18 | In which I discuss the books I read over the summer.

Tell Us A Story: Oberlin Blogger Application, Fall 2015 Edition

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Start flexing your writing muscles. The blogger application is here!

My "Must Have" College Items List

posted by Samantha Smylie '17 | Things you should consider buying before or after you arrive to/in Oberlin.

Up in the Hamptons

posted by Molly Gorin '16 | After a summer of silver trays and sweaty button-up shirts, I can proudly say that I've penetrated the glamorous New York City elite in their world of summer parties. As a server.

Up in the Mountains

posted by Molly Gorin '16 | We spent an excellent two days climbing and talking and swimming and snacking, while I claimed again and again that the walking was light and the backpack wasn't too fast, or something along those lines.

GUEST POST: Caitrin's Dos and Don'ts for the Oberlin Winter

posted by Tanya Aydelott, Admissions | Caitrin's winter survival guide: make yourself some hot chocolate and read up!

The In-between Summer

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | I'm back in Niskayuna for the summer and somehow it's already been a month and a half since graduation. What have I been doing in all that time?

Intro: Summer Stories

posted by Molly Gorin '16 | Some cryptic hints*

Introducing our Summer 2015 Admissions Interns!

posted by Tanya Aydelott, Admissions | Meet our six summer interns!

The Last Semester Bucket List

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | Five items I crossed off, two items I missed.

GUEST POST: Chul & Sarah's Nap Blog

posted by Tanya Aydelott, Admissions | Working your way up to professional napper status? Chul and Sarah tell you where to catch your midday Zzzzzs!

Some Other Time

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | Three weeks ago it hit me that I'll be leaving Oberlin soon.

20 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me Before Oberlin

posted by Samantha Smylie '17 | A brief list.

Marilyn in Oberlin

posted by Emma Davey '18 | "It's a David Bowie night, it's a David Bowie life, we are all just puppets in this David Bowie world!"

Time to Relax

posted by Ben Reid '16 | A particularly rejuvenating break before my semester in Europe.

Reflections on Thanksgiving

posted by Samantha Smylie '17 | Passing the turkey and reflecting on life is a win-win situation.

The Hibernation Begins

posted by Molly Gorin '16 | *Disclaimer: I know very little about bears. But I do know a lot about Oberlin students.

Never Trust a Train

posted by Christie Krancer '18 | In which I regale you with the legend of my wait for the elusive Amtrak train at Elyria's train station, and discuss Fall Break and midterms briefly.

So I Decided to Travel Alone (or, what I did this summer)

posted by Molly Gorin '16 | Besides, how much could happen in five days? A lot, Molly. A lot can happen in five days.

In Praise of Train Travel

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | or How I Get to Oberlin or The Perks of Life in the Rust Belt

New Faces!

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | To blatantly parrot a lovely quote from former blogger Ida: "I want to squish them all!"

Be an Oberlin Blogger: September 2014 Edition

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Want to join the Oberlin blogging team? Application details within!

What I Did This Summer - In Comix

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | I drew things that move, so that's pretty neat. Also, summer's almost over - what's up with that?

All Summers in a Blog

posted by Charlotte Ahlin '15 | "It's not summer if your tongue isn't purple." - Bill Watterson

Learning How to Rest

posted by Andrea Allen '17 | I have a problem resting; I don't know how to do it, I don't believe it's necessary, and I think I can power through anything. I welcome with open arms any pieces of wisdom on how to address this.

Letters From The Past

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | A mini-reality check popped into my mailbox a few days ago. Past Ma'ayan is here to visit the current Ma'ayan with a present!

Final Notes

posted by Ida Hoequist '14 | I have the emotional range of a thousand teaspoons.

Some Thoughts at Semester's End

posted by Tanya Aydelott, Admissions | Grab at the opportunities before you; charge forward to meet them. Invest in the people around you. The magic is in the relationships you build.

My First Year Trip

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | A recap of my First Year Bonner Trip during Spring Break 2014.

Oberlin Valentine's Day Cards 2014

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | Some Oberlin-themed Valentine's day cards!

Can I have 5 minutes of your time?

posted by Zach Christy | We live in a fast world and people's attention spans have changed.

Mid-year Blogger Application

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | We've got a few open positions here on the Oberlin blogs, so we're doing a ~*second*~ round of hiring for this school year!

The Final(s) Countdown

posted by Peter D'Auria '14 | The universe may end but the work does not.

The Weather Here: A Summary

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | A short post about how I've been feeling about the weather here.


posted by Zach Christy | It IS possible to work in teams-- need proof?

Time Management (Sort of?)

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | I talk about how to (not) manage your time.

Not everything is inherently interesting

posted by Zach Christy | Not everything is interesting to me. Actually, most things aren't that interesting to me.

Blogger Sense

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | It's like a spidey sense, but way way better. Because there are less legs and/or radioactive superhero features (though, no lies, that last one would be awesome).

So, this is my new blog ...

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | Welcome!

It's Fall

posted by Charlotte Ahlin '15 | It is Fall.

Blogger Application 2013

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | It's here! It's here! The 2013 blogger application is within this post!

How to Spend Your Summer Vacation

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | Hey class of 2017, this one's for you.

Oberlin in Ghana

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | The Oberlin Creativity and Leadership Fund gave me a grant of $2000 to start a clean water project in Dodome Awuiasu.

Thinking 'bout Blogging

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | This is an attempt to get you blogging. Not for us, but in general.

Spring has Sprung

posted by Dara Lehrer '16 | In honor of spring, I decided to take a few snapshots of the flowers. Being the hipster I am, I took the photos at night with flash.

Good news!

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | Here are some fun things that will be happening thanks to Oberlin this semester.

Mid-year Blogger Selection!

posted by Ben Jones '96 | Need a job? We have some positions to fill! Details inside.

Coffee for life? I'll drink to that

posted by Paris Achenbach '13 | Including scientific studies on the effects of coffee; smart Obies; and my top seven coffee shops in the world.

Ah, the woes of a college student on break...

posted by Paris Achenbach '13 | And by woes I mean mostly wins.

OOO Snap! Here's to Ohio, Obama, and Oberlin College

posted by Paris Achenbach '13 | What happens on election day in a small college town in Ohio?

What I've Learned

posted by Dara Lehrer '16 | Let's be real-- classes aren't all that college is about.

Winter is Coming (And You're Going to Need Boots)*

posted by Margaret Saunders '16 | *This post doesn't have anything to do with Game of Thrones.

Have a Non-Hetero-Normative Halloween!

posted by Charlotte Ahlin '15 | Doodles to keep you up at night.


posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | To change with the times, we're changing the Oberlin blogs and the folks who work with us here: our newest members of the team are writers, photographers, audio storytellers, and illustrators.

An Introduction

posted by Charlotte Ahlin '15 | Welcome!

Comment on this Post

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | This is a chance for you to talk to me, whether you are a prospie, prospie's parent, current student, or alum. Feel free to ask questions about Oberlin, tell me what you want to read about, or just say hi.

Experiments with Caffeine

posted by Eleanor Bronder-Major '15 | In which our intrepid heroine ventures bravely forth into the land of caffeinated beverages.

Blogger Application 2012

posted by Ben Jones '96 | Looking for bloggers of all types; lots of new options this year. Details inside!

On Quitting

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | Over the course of this post, a distraction from the tempest that is add-drop turned into a potential life lesson about quitting the things that make me unhappy.

The Nomad Narratives, August Edition

posted by Chinwe Okona '13 | The final culmination of my Bay Area adventures, as well as the beginning of my final Oberlin adventures.

Second Year 'Nerves', or Life Without 9am

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | Random summer nonsense.

ObiEager Video Contest

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | The summer video contest by the class of 2016 shocks, awes, and makes this social media coordinator bouncy with excitement that orientation is just a few weeks away!

Three Cheers for South Korea!

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | A summer of rain, then a gap in the clouds and The Queen jumped from the sky to the cheering crowds....

The Nomad Narratives, July Edition

posted by Chinwe Okona '13 | An account of East Oakland living and loving.

The Nomad Narratives, June edition

posted by Chinwe Okona '13 | I was originally going to name this beauty 'The Couch Surfer Chronicles,' but I've yet to sleep on a couch.

Last one

posted by Sophia Chen '12 | We're gonna can the emotions in this one and just tell some Oberlin stories. Thanks for reading.

Parrot dance stuff

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | Ballet, mating rituals, renal calculus - it's all here.

Education, Politics, Education

posted by Jacob Lamoureux '12 | ~ what Oberlin needs ~

The Mystery

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | Things I just do not understand.

The Answerer is in, Part I

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | You have questions. I have a comment box and I have answers, or the ability to find them. My super hero alter ego is here to help!

General Life Update

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | Birthdays and fossas!


posted by Joe Dawson '12 | My girlfriend called to see if I was doing better, and I forgave her for her bodily functions.

The Secret

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | What need I with pants?

Ashtabula Adventures

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | My friend Connor went home for a few days and invited me along. The result was five days of pleasant exploring, astonishing pictures of ice, and an intensive course in set-building.

Foreign Languages

posted by Prof. Erik Inglis '89 | Who needs one?

So this is the New Year

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | In which I weigh my blasé attitude towards NYE against my love of my birthday.

Tidings of Kittens and Joy

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | My brother got a kitten for Christmas. It is adorable and funny. Many photos included.

Two Sticks of Butter Went Into the Turkey

posted by Christine Chang '13 | Here's to Thanksgiving exploits and a belated summary of fall break adventures.

Sinus Pressure?

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | Do keep in mind that during this whole exchange Jacob and I are running at a pace of 3 to 4 minutes per mile, stripped to the waist, pectorals gleaming, swatting away the female delegation from the class of '61 with other members of the class of '61. Impressed?

16 Truths, 8 Lies: Welcome, New Bloggers

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | How awesome are our new bloggers? Secret: really really awesome.

Person First

posted by Griff Radulski '14 | Sometimes I feel cloistered here - safe and spiritually grounded, but disengaged from the problems of the world. How to fit the real world into Oberlin? Well, for starters ...

Pleased to meet me

posted by Sophia Chen '12 | Yeah, that title is a Replacements album. I thought it would make a great title for this post, which is a more detailed, list-y description of myself.

Chalkboard Blogging

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Explanation: I showed up at a bloggers' meeting without my computer, but with my camera. I was going to chat for a bit and then go, but Ma'ayan pointed out that there was a chalkboard in the room and challenged me to tell a story in nothing but photos. This is the result.

Arrival Take Two

posted by Griff Radulski '14 | Orientating as a second-year, including pizza socials and all the classes. Well, all of mine, anyway. Apply to write about yours yourself!

2011 Blogger Application!

posted by Ben Jones '96 | This is the greatest job on campus. Truly!

Show Us Your Enthusiasm!

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | The class of 2015 made us such awesome videos demonstrating their enthusiasm for Oberlin. Watch them!

Departing the Blogs (4): 10 Things I Learned

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | My final farewell...

Departing the Blogs (3): 10 Things I Could Have Done Without

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."

Departing the Blogs (2): 10 Things I've Missed

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | There's no place like home...

Departing the Blogs (Part 1): 10 Things I Love

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | These are a few of my favorite things...

Hanging with the Judge

posted by Prof. Sebastiaan Faber | I've just had one of the most thrilling weekends of my life. And no, it's not because Ajax, my Amsterdam soccer team, won the Dutch league on Sunday (although that was pretty cool). I got to hand a $100,000 Human Rights Award to the Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón.

What makes us different?

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | Brandi recently posted an inquiry on her facebook status: "Oberfriends: If you had less than 60 seconds to express how awesome Oberlin is to someone who knows next to nothing about this place, what/how would you do it?" I visited her earlier that day, and she asked me the same question.

What Is Apparently the Buckeye State?

posted by Christine Chang '13 | I tried on the chocolatier's life for size over break, and decided the scholar's life suited me better. Not that it wasn't fun.

Six Degrees of Oberlin

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | Proof of my not-so-secret theory that Oberlin is slowly taking over the world.

Spontaneity is Totally Awesome!

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | In which the extent of my nerdiness is revealed.

At Long Last--A Very Belated Thanksgiving Post

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | The people in Emma's family tease each other affectionately but ceaselessly and her older brother kept trying to eat my brains. I felt right at home.


posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | In which a Californian attempts to explain weather in Ohio to those people who live in a warm climate.

Resolutions for Life

posted by Marsha Lynn Bragg | Don't be afraid to fail. I don't mean slack off until you get an "F." I mean do something out of your comfort zone and risk not succeeding as brilliantly as you would like.

My Oberlin Bucket List

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | In which I realize that I only have one semester remaining at Oberlin. Terrifying.

More holiday cheer (And a contest!)

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | In which I post lyrics to the ridiculous Oberlin-themed carols that I wrote during finals and create a fun contest!

Spreadin' the holiday cheer.

posted by Helena Thompson '11.5 | Just a little something for you to amuse yourself with after you stuff yourself silly with holiday meals...

Twas the Week Before Finals

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | In which I procrastinate by creating my own version of Twas the Night Before Christmas.


posted by Ruby Saha '14 | My first time in snow EVER! I think I'm entitled to be obnoxiously excited.

A Ruby By Any Other Name

posted by Ruby Saha '14 | Have I ever mentioned that I have a love/hate relationship with introductions? Now you know. I'm going for an introduction that scratches beneath the surface of that protective layer of identification and gives you more of a sense of what makes me tick... without risking identity theft, hopefully.

I Left My Heart In San Francisco: Fall Break 2010

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay/The glory that was Rome is of another day/I've been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan/I'm going home to my city by the Bay.

Hello, world. I'm a part of you.

posted by Dan Redwood '13 | Hey everyone, I'm Dan Redwood. To give you the information my friend Sophia would require before dating me:

Getting To Know Me

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | Hi! I'm Patrick. I'm a fourth-year history major from Walnut Creek, CA.

New York: Birds, Buildings, and Bridges

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Thanks to a rather complex sequence of events, I'm spending Fall Break in New York City, which means this blog is basically one long gush about how awesome my life is right now. Also, THE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT is finally made.

Oberlin Time

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | The days are long, the weeks are short.

General Feelings #1

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | I've decided to comic my life. General feelings?

And Now Presenting...

posted by John West '10 | In this post: John's list of the top five ways to procrastinate at Oberlin!


posted by Megan Emberton '12 | As an upperclassman, I seem to be endowed with magical powers and abilities.

On Leaving Home

posted by Charles Grim, Admissions | As Robert Frost said, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." My road has led me to Abu Dhabi. I hope that wherever yours takes you - Oberlin or elsewhere - it will make all the difference in your story.

Back to school!

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | Oh Oberlin. How I missed you.

2010 Blogger Application!

posted by Ben Jones '96 | If getting paid to write about your life sounds like a good gig, please read this entry.

Back to school

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | SUMMER, where have you gone?

Freshman Year! The Musical

posted by Abby Ryder-Huth '13 | thoughts on being back here + songs for the deliriums and doldrums of freshman year

My summer in books

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | It's like these books were written just for me.

Summer thoughts

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | I have been unabashedly enjoying my time away.

Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | That was all right, though, because as I walked down the street trying not to look like I was lost while simultaneously trying to look like I spoke Chinese, I saw a statue of Kuan Yin across the street.

Packing List

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | Including, but not limited to: ramen, canned soup, graham crackers, apple sauce, bread making materials, peanut butter and honey, cereal, rice, and assorted pastas.

Oberlin by the Numbers

posted by Leslie Braat, Admissions | Oberlin: a perfect 10 for the life of the mind.

Cooking with Grandma

posted by Kriti Godey '11 | I'm unexpectedly spending my summer at home in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), India, and I'm certainly making the most of it.

Some habits die hard. Like being a student.

posted by Brandi Ferrebee '10 | I still get to hang out with many of my friends and chat with professors about our shared academic interests. It is necessary, however, that when looking at classes in the course catalog I limit myself to drooling, like a diabetic child through the double-paned glass window of a chocolate shop might.

Tales of a Summer Odd-Jobber

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Adventures in babysitting, feeding live crickets to frogs, and the things people will tell you when you're walking a dog.

An Oberlin in the real world sighting

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | I've always liked "This Land is Your Land," mainly because in first grade we were allowed to use the pointer to point out things like the redwood forests and the gulf stream waters.

Defining Oberlin (and more funny photos)

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | An explanation of various conceptual categories, mostly related to SF Hall, delivered with my trademark wit and witticism. Bonus: further photographic evidence that I was a very strange child!

Agreeing With Everything, or The Freedom of Knowing Nothing

posted by Abby Ryder-Huth '13 | Travels in Europe pt. 2: The challenges of luggage and language and dealing with normal life things, like food.

Friends, Cleaning, and Memories

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | I could not spell to save my life until about fourth grade. This didn't stop me from trying to get across fairly complex ideas--but vowels, apparently, were optional. (Funny photos at the bottom!)


posted by Karl Orozco '13 | So... about my summer.

One last post

posted by Chris Gollmar '10 | I graduated from Oberlin just over a week ago, and before they cut off my access to this site, I thought maybe I could list just a few of the many skills I learned at Oberlin.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

posted by Alicia Smith '10 | A tale of two cities. And Jay-Z. Holla.

Real Life Approacheth

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | On Senior Week, graduating, and facing my future.

Airplane dreamin'

posted by Abby Ryder-Huth '13 | I'm going to Europe, like people in movies do. How is it that people know what they're doing when they do things?

Goodie blog!

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | It's a goodie blog! Like a goodie bag, but in blog form! Get it?! See, it's funny because they sound so similar!

Final feelings on frenzied first year. Fauna fantasy feet.

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | Closing thoughts on my first year of college. Note the forced alliteration in the title!

Oberlin on the Internet

posted by Kriti Godey '11 | A large list of Oberlin's presence on the internet, both official and unofficial.

Oberlin Anecdotes

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Often, I will see or participate in something and think that I should work it into a blog post. Sometimes I succeed, but, more often, I just can't think of a way to work whatever it is in. So I decided to write a post composed of almost nothing but these interesting, amusing, or just plain fun insights into life at Oberlin.

Save Ginny Weasley.

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | This post has nothing to do with Ginny Weasley.

More about prospective students

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | I am a big fan of free pizza. I am, however, not as big a fan of prospies.

Not the Exception

posted by Marsha Lynn Bragg | Seems to me that our collective role should be to make everyone feel welcome and respected.

Spring things

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | My roommate and I vacuumed our room.

Lots of Thinking

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | Really, though, all I want to do is read young adult novels. I can't, though, because I have more important work to do.

Sometimes parents understand.

posted by Alicia Smith '10 | The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff were wrong! Well, at least this time.


posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | A few personal goals for my last semester at Oberlin

An Oberlin Snow Survival Guide.

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | Almost official.

Six Ways Oberlin is Like Hogwarts

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | Possibly my dorkiest post yet.

Fall Musings

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | Lessons from a (sometimes) grumpy senior with a touch of senioritis

A lot on my plate

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | Luckily, as in all of my blog entries, my co-op comes to the rescue.

My Great Pacific Northwestern Adventure

posted by Harris Lapiroff '10 | Here are the highlights of my Great Pacific Northwestern Adventure. But, Harris, you say, shouldn't you write about Oberlin, instead of the completely unrelated Pacific Northwest? All in good time, I assure you. All in good time.

A rather belated post about a very important mission

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | Mission: Get Zoë home for fall break

Ten Things to do in the fall in Oberlin

posted by Marsha Lynn Bragg | Fall is my favorite time of year for all the obvious reasons: the abundance of dynamic colors, variations in outside temperature--not too hot and not so cold. I consider fall the in-between season.

New Jersey and its relation to "home."

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | Adventures throughout the Garden State and tips on how to properly use a GPS.

Sustainable Interest, Student Displacement, and Instant Oatmeal

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | The Green Referendum; I don't entirely live here anymore, but I don't entirely not live here either; and why Barnardians aren't allowed microwaves in their rooms.

Helena in some bullet points?

posted by Helena Thompson '11.5 | I like to think of myself as a person who can't be easily categorized or classified by simple things such as words.

Who I am, and what I'm doing here

posted by Eli Goldberg '12 | Amidst the dark fog of midterm week, a sleepy, masochistic archaeology student sits in a tiny room in a tiny co-op in a tiny town in Ohio, pounding away at a keyboard...

New Bloggers

posted by Ben Jones '96 | It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the new additions to our blogging team.

Hello, world.

posted by Alicia Smith '10 | My name is Alicia, but a lot of people call me Fresh. The nickname was given to me during my first year here and it just stuck.


posted by Kriti Godey '11 | Hello world!

Fresh Experiences

posted by Marsha Lynn Bragg | Each day in Oberlin offers a fresh experience that is not colored by memories of time or place. I hope to be able to share some of these fresh experiences.

Let's Begin With Why I'm Here

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | This is a stream-of-consciousness diary-type sampling. It's odd, writing sort of for an audience.

By the numbers

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | A glorious and nuanced numerical picture of my tenure at this institution.

Pertinent details about me

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | I do math on a calculator faster in Reverse Polish Notation.

Blogger Application!

posted by Ben Jones '96 | With several of our student bloggers having recently graduated, we're in need of some new faces around here.

We are Oberlin: [Insert Adjective Here]

posted by Brandi Ferrebee '10 | To me, Oberlin can't be summed up in one adjective. So, here for your exploring pleasure, are the adjectives that I think best describe Oberlin.

Think Positive

posted by Will Mason '10 | Some thoughts after watching my younger sister pack for her freshman year at college.

Worldwide dining Oberlin style

posted by Charles Grim, Admissions | Without ANY planning on my part to "eat exotic," here is what my wife and I did to travel around the world just in the last 9 days.

My packing list

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | Funny story: One time, I forgot to bring my concert pants and didn't realize until I was trying to get dressed for a concert.

Helpful Hintz, Yo!

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | There is no required reading for freshmen at Oberlin, but a quick flip through Lord of the Flies could be real helpful.

Socialists, bagpipes, and bees, oh my!

posted by Chris Gollmar '10 | My job working for Conference Services is a bit lackluster at first glance, but I do get to see the various summer programs that take place in Oberlin up close and personal.

"Come on down to Cleveland Town, everyone..."

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | Upon learning I attend Oberlin, many people ask if I go into Cleveland every weekend. Usually my facial expression is enough of an answer.

The Semester in Numbers

posted by Will Mason '10 | Two more years until I graduate. (Well, three more semesters to be precise, but either way I'm over the hump.) Good thing? Bad thing? There's a saying I've heard a couple of times up in central Maine that I love: "Tough tellin', not knowin'." But I'm enjoying the ride more and more every day. Ayuh.

Black River X 2

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | I know I've already devoted a lot of blog space here to the beauty of the surrounding area in northeast Ohio, but I couldn't help share a couple photographic gems from my Sunday afternoon.

Email was SOOO yesterday! An unofficial poll.

posted by Jesse Hernandez, Admissions | In a world of social networking and web 2.0, how can colleges best stay in contact with and answer your questions? Should we even have a presence on such websites? I ask your opinion.


posted by Megan Emberton '12 | Yesterday, I would have laughed heartily and bitterly at the suggestion of updating my poor, neglected blog.

Reese's-Puffs-inspired musing on lists

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | I'm pretty sure I can directly trace my penchant for list-making to the beginning of college. Something about Oberlin has not only forced me to develop stellar time management skills (which, okay, has gone hand in hand with fine-tuning my procrastination abilities) but has also inspired me to think, dream, and plan big.

Introspection: Aries versus Aries

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | "Bloggers don't have to be introspective," I protested. She put her hands up, "It's not a bad thing. You just... might want to think about stuff. Sometimes. You don't have to, but it's good. Sometimes."

Easy Listening

posted by Will Mason '10 | I've been using spring break to get caught up on some listening.

Back home

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | Speaking of funny, I wrote a joke: So there's this big wind turbine that meets Jack Nicholson. Jack says "Hey there, I'm Jack, good to meet you" and the windmill says...

Getting to know Cleveland, Part II

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | As fun as the leprechaun cookies and green jello shots were, the best aspect of the day, for me, was the mass of adorable little kids running around. Little kids - much like pets, parents, and well-stocked refrigerators - are something you miss out on when you're away at college...

Maybe the Amish are on to something...

posted by Jesse Hernandez, Admissions | What's the best way to get away from the monotony of html and dreamweaver? Why telling you all about my exciting day, of course!

The Annals of Blogging

posted by John West '10 | In this post: sub-standard writing, naval-gazing, other people's impenetrable prose, my impenetrable prose, private readings, A-List magazines, and burnt mouths.

What's on your reading list?

posted by Leslie Braat, Admissions | I've been reviewing applications since November, with a couple of months still to go before we mail our decision letters....

Let it Snow!

posted by Prof. Steve Volk | There's much to be said about adverse conditions, turmoil, and challenges. They have a way of cutting right across a number of boundaries which previously seemed unalterable.

I'm not usually this scatterbrained

posted by Chris Gollmar '10 | I have a lot going on, and the semester hasn't even started.

Almost Famous

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | Not impressed? Well, I bet you won't believe what arrived in my mailbox this morning.

Things that have kept me distracted recently

posted by Chris Gollmar '10 | A list of recent distractions. This is what has been keeping me busy recently.

On Rejection

posted by John West '10 | In this post: rejection letters, romantic rejection, my petty impulses, The Kenyon Review, and children's publishing.

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."

Or, I mean to write about Winter Term and write about winter instead

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | I am not spending my Winter Term in Oberlin. Instead, I decided that the best thing to do was to actually experience winter.

Returning: Waiting for the shock

posted by Chris Gollmar '10 | My first few thoughts on returning to Oberlin after a year studying abroad.

Admissions Finds a Way

posted by Jesse Hernandez, Admissions | Even after hours of playing music, listening to music, talking about music, sleeping, and doing everything that has nothing to do with college admissions, my work follows me home...

Testing, testing

posted by Prof. David Walker '72 | Hello? Is anybody out there?


posted by Emily Robinson '12 | The secret to a low-stress life that I wish I had discovered long ago.

Wandering around Tigre

posted by Chris Gollmar '10 | A couple days ago, I decided that I would take advantage of all of the free time I have on my hands and set out to Tigre, a city located in the delta of the Paraná River, a half-hour train ride from downtown Buenos Aires. I got lost exploring the island, but it was worth it.


posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | You can tell how stressed I am by how many lists I've made, and right now I'm making a lot.

Color theory

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | I don't think I'll ever be ready for winter. Each year, it seems to catch me by surprise.

Tunnel Vision

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | It's important to look around.

Like a College Visit with Less Clothing

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | Over this past weekend, I decided to make a trip out to Tufts University in Medford, MA to see a group of friends perform in a Burlesque Troupe that they helped to found on campus. Little did I know that I would get the added bonus of recreating the lore of my junior year college trips.

grits, pansies, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

posted by Nicolee Kuester '10 | It is Monday, which means I am on the upward curve of my weekly traumatic push to produce a substantial amount of quality writing before my Wednesday night Non-fiction workshop.

Simplify, simplify.

posted by Megan Emberton '12 | I know that my many years of avoiding garden work at home would suggest otherwise, but I love biking out to the George Jones Farm to work on OSCA's small plot of land.

This is me, in a nutshell.

posted by Amber Walker '11 | Since you are here, I assume you are considering Oberlin as one of your college choices...good job!

The Obligatory Introduction

posted by Emily Robinson '12 | Hello! My name is Emily Robinson, and I'm a first-year.

One and All

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | Hi! My name is Aries!

Free at Last

posted by Max Strasser '09 | I love Oberlin, but I'm really glad that the semester is finally over.

Welcome to me

posted by Max Strasser '09 | I guess I'll introduce myself, too. But I hate long walks on the beach.

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