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February 16, 2010

Alice Ollstein ’10

1. Complain less: about the cold, my workload, the lack of food options in town...

Especially after spending Winter Term in Nicaragua leading OSCA's delegation, and seeing how little access to education most people have, I've felt incredibly blessed to be here. The times when I get the Oberlin winter grumps (a common seasonal disorder), I just have to remind myself that I go to an amazing school where thoughtful, engaging professors expand my mind, where I get inspired by driven, passionate classmates, and where I get to play house, throw dinner parties, and attend wonderful events. Compared to our hosts in Nicaragua, I have absolutely nothing to complain about, and I can't let myself forget that.

2. Along the same lines of appreciating Oberlin more, I've resolved to go to more things, "things" being concerts, lectures, plays, etc. I need to remember that these too are part of an education (besides being good old-fashioned fun) and that sometimes it's okay to let a little homework go in order to take in some culture. I've put this resolution into action this week with much success. Last night I went to see the Yes Men's new film, The Yes Men Fix the World, followed by a Q+A with a Yes Man himself. I loved learning about their creative attacks on corporate greed, but was extremely depressed to see just how much suffering that greed has caused. Tonight, I'm seeing banjo wonder Bela Fleck perform in Finney. Following Mr. Twain's advice, I'm not letting school get in the way of my education. (But don't worry, I'm still keeping up in my classes, Mom.)

Responses to this Entry

The Bela Fleck concert tonight was phenomenal. I've also been trying to find a balance between homework and everything else Oberlin has to offer. I get a lot of education from things that are not my courses (student groups, OSCA and the Nicaragua Committee, lectures).

Posted by: Nora on February 17, 2010 12:38 AM

The concert WAS phenomenal. I can't wait for Ladysmith Black Mambazo next week!

Posted by: Alice on February 18, 2010 4:54 PM

Hi Alice,
You probably do not remember me, I was your mom's English student at Saint Monica Catholic High School and we lost touch shortly after she re-married. I was wondering if you could give her my email address so that I may contact her. The last time I saw you, you were at my wedding. Your mom must be super proud of your achievements thus far! I wish you all the best!

Posted by: Linda Viesca on February 18, 2010 7:17 PM

What a surprise! How did you find my blog? My mom's e-mail is mlouria@gmail.com and I'm sure she'll be excited to hear from you,

Posted by: Alice on February 20, 2010 1:23 PM

Thank you, I remembered your name and googled it. When I saw that you lived in Santa Monica and saw your blog I knew there was a chance you were Meredith's daughter. I truly appreciate your help.

Best Regards,


Posted by: Linda Viesca on February 26, 2010 6:59 PM

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