If this was an introductory computer program instead of an introductory blog post, I'd be able to get away with just saying that. But that is not the case, so onward!
My name is Kriti Godey, and I'm a junior at the College of Arts and Sciences. I'm a computer science and mathematics double major. I'm from Visakhapatnam, India (yes, you've probably never heard of it; I'm not offended). Things that could be used to describe me: bibliophile, geeky, tweeter (tweep?), music aficionada, chocoholic, ridiculous, Whovian, quiet, excitable, and now "blogger." Yeah, I'm really excited about this opportunity to share how much I love Oberlin with the world!
So without further ado... I love academia here! Coming from a school system where I wasn't even given the chance to choose what courses I wanted to take, it has been an incredibly liberating experience. I've taken a philosophy course in which we learned about the fallibility of science by trying to disprove theories about alien abduction. I've studied ancient and contemporary Indian religion, as well as Indian history, viewing my own culture from a Western perspective, which was fascinating. I've had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the latest (unpublished) research of one of the most famous physicists of the day. And I've just been talking about courses from outside my majors. Don't even get me started on how awesome the math and CS departments are (unless you have questions).
But of course, the Oberlin experience doesn't stop with the fabulous classes. I've tried to be involved in as many things as humanly possible - I've swing-danced and learned a little aikido, been in a co-op, run an activist organisation, hosted prospective students, and played Obiegame fanatically. I've been involved in student clubs such as Amnesty International, the South Asian Students Association, and the International Student Organisation. I've also worked at a wide variety of places on campus, from being a copy-editor at the Oberlin Review to managing the Multicultural Resource Center's website to being a technology consultant (i.e. helping people with their broken computers). This semester, I'm taking the taiko drumming and Javanese gamelan excos, and working as a web developer for the Office of Communications. In addition to all of this, I try to attend as many lectures, plays, and concerts as I can (I can never go to enough!).
I love Oberlin, and there's so much more I could talk about but I'm going to stop rambling now. If that disappoints you, feel free to get in touch with me and ask me questions!