Elise outdoors on a summer day
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Elise Steenburgh ’22

Rockville, Maryland

ecological design, blue economy, languages, movies, jazz, Brazilian culture, gap years, vegetarianism, elephant pants

Hello! My name is Elise, and I’m a first-year prospective Environmental Studies and Economics double major. Before starting at Oberlin, I took a gap year with Global Citizen Year and lived in Florianópolis, Brazil. Now, I’m living in Harkness as a member of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA). 

In true first-year fashion, I’ve filled my plate with so many new activities and groups that my Google Calendar is barely able to keep my schedule together. As a music player and lover, I’m in the Steel Pan ExCo and the Brazilian music ensemble. To keep in touch with my gap year experience, I am also a part of Capoeira Angola, an Afro-Brazilian martial arts group. As a multi-racial student, being part of Multi-, the Asian American Alliance, and Barefoot Dialogues has helped me embrace my identity and find other students with similar lived experiences. 

Outside of class work and extracurriculars, I love discussing the power and importance of language, the evolutionary connections between biology and anthropology, and the likelihood of living to see the end of the world. I also love watching movies (and updating Letterboxd with ratings and reviews), writing blogs (for both the Oberlin Blogs and Wordpress), and chilling in nature.

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