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Patrick Doherty ’11

Hi, everyone! My name is Patrick Doherty and I'm in my fourth and final year as an Oberlin student. I'm originally from Walnut Creek, CA, which is nestled away in the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. I am currently pursuing a degree in history and researching an honors thesis on the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle and the fin de siecle in Europe.

Like most Obies, I find myself extraordinarily busy with activities that I love. There is no way that I can list them all here, but I'll try to highlight my major involvements.

For the last two and a half years I have worked for the Office of Admissions as a tour guide, intern, interviewer, and campus visit intern. Don't be surprised if you run into me sometime during your visit to campus! I also currently serve as the treasurer for Active Minds at Oberlin, a group dedicated to reducing the stigma against mental health issues on college campuses. Oh, yes, and I also take piano lessons from the lovely Lydia Frumkin, Professor of Piano in the Conservatory.

I love talking to prospective students and answering questions about my Oberlin experience. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have anything you'd like to chat about!

Entries from this blogger

May 17, 2011
"This thesis...will explore debates concerning modernity [in the fin de siècle] through the reactions of the British and the French press to the 1900 Exposition Universelle."
May 2, 2011
Our intern lunches became a regular occurrence - we would swap stories about the craziest things that had happened to us that day (so many crazy things, all the time), gossip about whatever was going on on the Hill, and, on one special occasion, Jordan nearly ran into and almost knocked over Dennis Kucinich in the cafeteria in the Rayburn Building.
April 21, 2011
Brandi recently posted an inquiry on her facebook status: "Oberfriends: If you had less than 60 seconds to express how awesome Oberlin is to someone who knows next to nothing about this place, what/how would you do it?" I visited her earlier that day, and she asked me the same question.
February 5, 2011
In which a Californian attempts to explain weather in Ohio to those people who live in a warm climate.
January 19, 2011
When I first came to Oberlin in the fall of 2007 - yes, I am old - I knew basic library skills, but never really had to use a library for an extensive research project. Thank you, California public education.
December 6, 2010
I am happy to say that this Thanksgiving I am thankful for my wonderful Oberlin friends and my Oberlin family. I don't know what I would do without them. Let Fiercegiving endure forever!

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