My name is John West. I'm from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'm a double-degree student, studying Historical Performance in the Conservatory and Philosophy in the College.
For my Historical Performance major, I play the recorder, and I specialize in late-Baroque music. I'm particularly interested in the way pre-Classical music can be updated and made relevant today.
But I was not content with only one degree that would make finding a job near impossible, so I added a Philosophy degree in the college. I especially enjoy epistemology and philosophy of science.
When I'm not in the library or the practice rooms, I work as a tutor in the Writing Center, as the Copy Editor for The Grape — Oberlin's alternative newspaper — and as the managing editor for Wilder Voice — a magazine dedicated to long form journalism and creative nonfiction. I also blog at Ich Bin Ein Oberliner, which, despite the name, has very little to do with Oberlin.