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Eli Goldberg ’12

Hey there! I'm Eli. I grew up in Shelburne, Vermont (a little town with a big teddy bear factory), and came to Oberlin basically on a whim. I've been here for three years now — minus a stint abroad at University College London — and haven't regretted it for a minute.

As a double major in archaeological studies and ancient Greek, I'm fully qualified to translate Athenian legal speeches and squint at potsherds under a petrographic microscope. I've spent the last three summers doing field work in Italy with the Sangro Valley Project, where I stumbled on the honors project that's currently swallowing my life: a geochemical analysis of Roman terra cotta tiles.

My other love is sexual health and education: in the evenings you can find me in the HIV Peer Testing office or the Sexual Information Center, planning workshops and running counseling roleplays. After that, it's off to bake vegan treats in Harkness Co-op, sip tea with friends, or catch a folk show or a contra dance. More rarely, I have been known to retreat to my room on Classics Hall for some much-needed sleep...

When I first came to Oberlin, I was amazed to find so many delightful people and exciting opportunities. Now I'm in my last year here, and I've got no intention of leaving until I've done everything and met everyone. I'm excited to tell you all about it — and if you see me around campus, please say hi!

Entries from this blogger

June 16, 2012
There are a lot of stories that I could tell about the process of writing my thesis, but I'll just share one piece of advice: if you doze off during a late night in the library, when the building closes you will get locked in.
November 13, 2011
If it comes to pass that neither of these plans is favorable, it shall be known that Sci-Fi Hall and Classics Hall are officially "in a fight." Terms of war will be drafted, and we will meet you on the battlefield.
May 20, 2011
Earlier this week, Brandi asked all of us what our favorite word was. My answer: "liminality" -- the state of being in-between, caught between two states of existence, on a threshold...
December 17, 2010
If you applied Early Decision for the class of 2015, here's a small distraction from the long, painful wait by the mailbox! And if you're working frenetically on your Regular Decision essays, hopefully this will serve as inspiration ... or maybe a model of what not to do ...
December 9, 2010
I am beginning to think of Oberlin as a secret society, or a religion, some bizarre underground cult. Once you discover that it exists, you can't go anywhere without running into fellow initiates.
June 5, 2010
I've spent the last week preparing to leave Harkness, the co-op where I've lived since my freshman year. So - to alleviate my own nostalgia, as well as give some info to folks who are filling out their housing forms - here's a little bit about Harkness.
January 12, 2010
Roman roof tile, Radio Free Association!, the Ladies' Home Journal, and more affairs of Winter Term living
October 15, 2009
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...

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