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Aries Indenbaum ’09

My name is Aries Indenbaum, and I was born in Point Reyes,California, though I did most of my growing up in New Rochelle, NewYork. After graduating this past May, I found an awesome job in Oberlinworking for the Office of Communications as a Web Fellow. My jobconcerns building and managing social media platforms as well aswriting for various campus publications. Or, as my parents put it,"She does stuff on the internet."

Outside of work, my life as a staff member is not so different from mylife as a student. I'm teaching the Storytelling Exco to a group ofwonderful people. Over the last semester, I've become much moreinvolved with swing dance on campus, taking the Continuing Swing Excoand going to as many dances, workshops, and lessons as I can. In myspare time, I write speculative fiction: prose that describes thefuture to discuss the present.

In my time at Oberlin, I've been involved in a vast spectrum ofactivities: from choirs to improvised comedy, volunteering at a localfarm to co-producing a noir radio show. My biggest commitment wasOCircus, Oberlin's Circus, involving about a hundred jugglers, hulahoopers, composers, acrobats, dancers and musicians. As a first-year student,I started as a clown; the next year, I was a House Manager; as asenior, I was the Ringleader.

Since my freshman year, I've been a tour guide for Oberlin Admissions.My last year, I worked as a Senior Intern, conducting interviews,exchanging emails with prospective students, and learning howAdmissions works. I also worked as a Creative Writing Intern, givinginformation sessions for prospective majors, and an AcademicAmbassador, a mentor for first-years who helped with class scheduling,registrations and adjusting to college.

I love running, candy, student bands, the Arboretum, ideas, myfriends' lives, music, different ways of learning and sharing, trees,robots, comics, stars, and politics.

I also love to make new friends. Like you.

Entries from this blogger

June 14, 2010
I feel totally comfortable in Oberlin. I don't worry about homophobia, sexism, or personal security. I can go running at 2AM here, without fearing for my life. I can smile at strangers. I can be myself. Leaving Oberlin means leaving home.
May 18, 2010
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.
April 1, 2010
One of the best dancers in America lives in Cleveland: Valerie Salstrom. OSwing, in its great and powerful wisdom, invited her to visit Oberlin for a weekend to teach balboa and blues.
January 22, 2010
Even though we sat in tiny plastic desk-chairs, I felt incredibly at ease. He didn't take notes. He didn't ask for my GPA. We were just chatting.
December 24, 2009
Since freshman year, I've known we have a Pottery Co-op. I've seen the bowls; I've had tea in their mugs. But until now, I've had no idea where it is. (Warning: entry includes pranking photos, ray guns, and violence to bicycles.)
December 20, 2009
If you've heard the song "We Will All Go Together When We Go," by Tom Lehrer, it encapsulates the joyful fatalism of finals. This is why we have gender-bending, gravity-smashing swing dances.
December 7, 2009
I'm incredibly clumsy -- when I was a freshman, I actually fell on my face hard enough to give myself a black eye. But regardless, I love to dance. Especially swing dance.
October 22, 2009
This week, I gave a tour to the direct descendant of John F. Oberlin. In my head, I pictured an irritated blond, infuriated by my foolish blathering and my inability to discuss Oberlin achievements in conversational French. (Warning: Entry includes bears.)
August 16, 2009
Nearly everyone at Oberlin can ride a bike. And for the first time in my life, I want to be like everyone else. How hard can biking be?
August 2, 2009
I love being a tour guide. The job is to share what you love while walking backwards, connecting with people from across the country and the world. What's more rewarding than that?
July 5, 2009
Until this summer, I'd never spent a full day in Cleveland. It was time to change that. It was time to get to know Cleveland, to see if I wanted to deepen our relationship.
April 30, 2009
Oberlin students have a certain spark. It's not snark or cynicism, it's more of a slightly pointed... silliness. Weird implies non-functionality; uniqueness is too bland. Eccentric? Zany? Jaunty? Quirky? .... Does anyone have a word for us?
March 27, 2009
"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."
January 29, 2009
Once we landed at Cleveland-Hopkins Airport, I woke up and raced for the bus stop. After waiting outside for 10 minutes, I huddled indoors and discovered I had missed the last bus by 15 minutes. Gahhh.
January 8, 2009
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.
December 23, 2008
The hard part of Finals is ... finishing them.

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