Ilana with her viola
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Ilana McNamara ’24

Omaha, Nebraska
she/her
Interests

old buildings, travel, books, chamber music, art museums, baked goods, thrift shopping, fish tacos, going barefoot

Hello! My name is Ilana (she/her) and I’m so excited to be blogging about Oberlin! I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and before you ask, my house was not next to a cornfield (said cornfield was actually down the street). It’s my second year here at Oberlin, and I’m so grateful to be back amidst all the pandemic craziness. I’m a double degree student, studying viola in the incredible Kirsten Docter’s studio (AKA the Docter’s Office!), and math in the college. This means I have very little time to do much else, but in true Oberlin fashion I fill that time right up! I’m involved in Jewish life on campus through both Hillel and Chabad student groups, and I am a former member of the Kosher-Halal Co-op and am trying my hardest to get it back up and running for the future. I also teach viola lessons and work for an initiative called the White Ally Toolkit. Everything is bonkers in the world right now, but if you ever want to share stories, feel free to reach out!

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