Facebook has had this really interesting effect on familial relations to me. You may know, at this point, that I have a brother. His name is Ben, he's a second-year here, and he is the best human being I know. He's also the only sibling I have... and you would think the verso would be the same but Facebook told me differently a few years ago.
You see, after I left home, my parents realized that they really missed having a daughter, and that Ben really missed having a sister (or maybe he just didn't want all the attention on him; both situations are entirely possible). So they decided to expand our family, by taking on completely amazing foreign exchange students. I was lucky enough to meet and spend time with Aziza, who was from Kyrgyzstan, who joined our family during my junior year here. The next student, though, was a bit of a surprise, because I learned the day that she joined my family by my brother adding her as a sibling on Facebook.
I was completely baffled, to say the least, but I was pleased to learn after a very amusing set of phone calls to my parents that Anna (from Vladivostock, Russia) was joining our family, too. I never got to meet Anna in person, but I Skyped with her briefly while I was home this summer, and it was lovely to meet her online. Hi, everyone!
So, while I haven't spent a huge amount of time with my adopted siblings, I'll add them into the mix of lovely folks I'm pleased to know, which brings me to the point of this blog post: our blogging family has been expanded!
In the spirit of fun and games, I'm going to play an ice breaker game to introduce you to our new family members. When you get to Oberlin, you'll find that ice breakers and check-in questions are commonplace (and sometimes ridiculous and silly), but I absolutely love them. I love questions, I love answers, I love meeting new people, I love random facts: what more could I ask for in a simple game?!
One of the games I was introduced to a while ago (maybe from Aries?) was a game entitled Two Truths and a Lie. The point is to tell two things that are true about yourself and one lie, and everyone is supposed to guess which ones they think are real or not. Incredibly amusing when played with siblings in the mix, Ben and I are awesome when we play this game together. In the spirit of showing off the badass nature of our new writers, I've decided to construct my own version of the game.
Where will you learn the answers to these questions, you may ask? Well, take a gander at reading their bios and their first posts, and see what you learn there, but otherwise... ask them in the comments (here or on their blog :D)
- Last summer, Lauren traveled through the Middle East playing concerts and making a documentary with two other Obies. - Lauren has played music on at least two continents. - Lauren holds the unofficial Oberlin record for longest sustained note on a stringed instrument.