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!
Ilana McNamara ’24
October 31, 2020
A gorgeous dorm with incredible people that is actually a haunted Victorian mansion.
April 16, 2020
What life is really like in my home state.
February 1, 2020
Our challenge was to learn and perform Claude Debussy’s String Quartet, which is a pretty daunting undertaking.
December 15, 2019
This story is for the students who aren’t sure whether they’ll fit in.
November 21, 2019
It was so much fun to show my mom around.
October 29, 2019
There were many things I didn’t expect about Oberlin.