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A Map for the Road

July 31, 2014

Dear future reader! Hello! Welcome to the archives of my blog. What you see here is a representation of four years of my Oberlin. As I've lived and written, several threads have developed that you can trace in my writing, if you like; this post contains a set of flowcharts to help you follow those arcs.

The extracurriculars are the simplest to categorize:

Of course, I've written about classes, too. I took a lot (way too many) of them, so there's a lot to talk about. (If I took more classes than necessary, does that make them extracurriculars too?)

Careful readers will note that there are some recurring characters in this archive: Sarah, my roommate, appears in It's a Beautiful Day in the Roommatehood and A Room With A View, and also wrote the guest post From Yarn to Garment X. My friend Clay visited me and was featured in Mr. Riley Comes A-Callin, and then hosted me and was featured in Fall Break, Take Two: Boston Edition. A smattering of other friends also show up in the slice-of-life type posts, of which there are many.

A few of my posts are very introspective; I talk a little about my difficulties in Oberlin, how I function, and so forth. If you want a small introduction to me directly, that's what I wrote Hello Goodbye for, but I do try to be pretty explicit about the way Oberlin filters through my lens, so any one of my posts is bound to talk a lot about my mindset.
(Fact about me: I adore organizing.)

Not that my posts have to be read according to the structures I've sketched out here - chronological order is perfectly fine, since that's how I wrote them and that's how my life went. Nothing wrong with picking at random, either! Basically, do whatever floats your boat, but if you're interested in something specific, now you know where to find it.
(Unless you can't read my handwriting. In which case you're SOL. Sorry.)

My Oberlin is yours to peruse! Do enjoy. I certainly did.

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Responses to this Entry

You did, and you still DO. Oberlin stays with you forever and you will be internally referring to it every so often while going through your next experiences.
Look how much you wrote; it is such a rich story!
If that isn't a treasure and a gift!

Posted by: Muriel on August 1, 2014 10:14 AM

This post = genius. Genius!

Posted by: Emily on August 1, 2014 1:10 PM

All of Ida in one blog post? Yes please. All of Ida in 53 blogs posts? EVEN BETTER!

You're fantastic and I adore your words. I'm really really glad your handwriting makes an appearance in this post, too.

Go on, continue to have a totally amazing life. And thank you for sharing so many bits and pieces of your Oberworld with us. We're all the better for it!

Posted by: Ma'ayan on August 1, 2014 2:26 PM

This is AMAZING and so much fun and a beautiful guide! I look forward to perusing it all!

Posted by: Tanya on August 1, 2014 2:30 PM

I like that I can write basically zero content and my little fan club still comes out to stroke my ego. You guys swooping into my comment section was always the best part of writing blogs. ♥

Posted by: Ida on August 2, 2014 1:33 PM

Ida, long time reader and first time commenter here. As you leave the blogs, I want you to know that your words and scribbles have over the last few years provoked some pretty meaningful reflections about what I'm doing at Oberlin/with my life, and have also generally been a pleasure to read.

Posted by: Leo on August 5, 2014 3:13 AM

Leo. Are you sure you're real? What you wrote is everything I have ever wanted as a blogger. I am honored, and delighted, and a little in shock, and for god's sake if you ever see me anywhere please say hello, because it will make my day. It'll make my dang heck week.


Posted by: Ida on August 5, 2014 11:35 AM

Leo, you made my week too! I'm so glad you're hanging out in the ethos of the blogs, and thank you for making a brief public appearance.

Ida: high fives for EVERYONE!

Posted by: Ma'ayan on August 5, 2014 12:40 PM

A road map to how fantastic you are?! Gold. A stylishly handwritten flow-chart to everything you've written about your fantastic self?! *screams in joy* Literally I LOVE THIS.

I love the layout, the mini description breaks and everything. It makes me want to carve out chunks of time to read it all and reconnect with you all over again. While I'm sad to see you go off these blogs I hope that if you ever write anything again that I get the honor of reading it! Continue to rock on Ida--you're the best

Posted by: Alex on August 7, 2014 5:12 PM

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