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Alice Ollstein ’10

Hello prospies! My name is Alice Ollstein and I'm a senior at Oberlin College double-majoring in English and Latin American Studies. I've taken lots of fun, challenging classes in tons of different departments and I hope to continue to do so in my remaining time at this wonderful place.

I'm a proud member of Keep Co-op, where besides cooking and cleaning, I serve as Coordinator of the Nicaragua Sister Partnership Committee, which facilitates our connection with and support of a group of impoverished female farmers in northern Nicaragua. This January, I will lead a school-sponsored delegation of co-op members to live with these farmers in Nicaragua and develop our relationship with them.

I came to Oberlin from a big public high school in Santa Monica, California, so the weather and culture here in Ohio were somewhat of a shock, but in general I've loved every minute of my time here. If you have any questions about journalism, activism, the campus environmental movement, co-ops, making friends or anything else, please feel free to comment on my blog. I hope to hear from you soon!

Entries from this blogger

May 21, 2010
Not that I dislike Oberlin's small, enclosed environment. It's been an incredible space to figure out who I am, what I like, what I don't like, what matters to me, and what I want to do about it. But it is time to leave.
February 9, 2010
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.
August 3, 2009
Sure, there are a few bloodthirsty, ambitious climbers at Oberlin, and a few deadbeats content to coast on their parents' funds, but the majority have found a healthy middle path.
May 7, 2009
Dan stood in front of the bulldozers and blocked the construction for hours before they hauled him away. Why weren't there hundreds of people with him? Thousands?
April 27, 2009
As my time in Arizona draws to a close, my thoughts drift away from the mountains of work I have to do to how excited I am for senior year at Oberlin. Here are some of my top fantasies.
April 19, 2009
I can't decide if I'm excited to go back to a traditional academic setting--to actually read novels again and discuss theories in the safe confines of a classroom--or apprehensive that I'll be frustrated not to be learning by doing, not to be out on the frontlines of the issue that moves me the most.
April 7, 2009
Some seem to think I've strayed from the original purpose of the blog--giving prospies an unmediated account of Obie life--yet here are the ways my experiences here in Arizona have a great deal to do with far-off Oberlin.
April 4, 2009
"The people who come here illegally across the border are not educated people," Ms. Richardson said. "They don't have any culture or any respect for ours."
April 2, 2009
A few things I learned on yesterday's patrol with the Samaritans, a group that sends a group out to the desert every day looking for migrants in need of water, food, medicine or simply a friendly face.
March 30, 2009
Amnesty International just released a pretty horrifying report on immigrant detention in the U.S. calling the system "broken." What can we do about it?
January 19, 2009
I crossed the border for the first time today, and witnessed firsthand the tragedies and ironies of our immigration system.
October 30, 2008
I had the distinct pleasure of flying to Rome for fall break to see my S.O., who is studying Classics there, and I got to employ a lot of what I've learned in classrooms and the coops during my stay.
October 11, 2008
To my delight, a prospie e-mailed me last week and asked if she could spend some time with me during her visit to Oberlin. We had a good time, but here's how to have an even better stay.
April 13, 2008
My packed day of activities this weekend was a perfect example of Oberlin's environmentalism, and I'm glad there were a ton of prospective students (aka prospies) here to see them.

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