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Sam Schuman '21

Montclair, NJ

Politics, history, fiction, playing guitar and violin, songwriting, The New Yorker, awful puns

Hi! I’m Sam Schuman, and I’m a first-year student from Montclair, New Jersey. Although I haven’t declared a major yet, I’m interested in studying politics, history, and English. I’m particularly interested in studying contemporary United States politics, and after graduation I hope to go to law school.

Outside of academics, I’m very passionate about music. I started to play the piano when I was seven, but now I mainly play the guitar and violin, along with a few other instruments I’ve picked up along the way. While I love to play Bach and Franck on the violin and jazz and jazz fusion on guitar, my favorite music to play is indie rock, and I’m a member of a few bands on campus.

I also write for The Grape, one of Oberlin’s student newspapers. Specifically, I write for the “Bad Habits” section, which contains comedy and satire with headlines as unprintable as they are ridiculous. Additionally, I’m a member of the Oberlin Bike Co-op and student-run radio station WOBC, where I’m a member of the engineering workgroup.

In my free time, I love to read (especially science fiction), hang out with my friends, and check out live music around campus. My time at college is just starting, and I’m excited to share my journey with you as I learn what Oberlin has to offer!

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