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Simbarashe Runyowa ’15

Hi! My name is Simba and I'm a fourth year blogger from Harare, Zimbabwe. I've chronicled much of my Oberlin journey through this blog, and I'm excited to continue archiving my final year at Oberlin. Much of my blog this year will be dedicated to reflecting on life after Oberlin. In my future life, I hope to earn a graduate degree in international affairs, become a journalist, and travel the world with a notebook and camera to get rid of my wanderlust.

Entries from this blogger

April 5, 2015
As I dig deeper into my honors research, I find myself wanting less to do with evidence and numbers and longing more for storytelling, emotion and authenticity in the way I write about my subject, the country of Rwanda.
January 31, 2012
Orientation is a tidal wave of emotions interspersed with much shaking of hands and regurgitation of well-rehearsed soundbites ("Hi, I'm Simba. It's so nice to meet you. Where are you from?"). It was hands down the most fun part of the semester — they don't even tell you that you will have to go to class for the rest of your college career.
December 13, 2011
Final exams are upon us here at Oberlin College, which means I have acquired a fresh contingent of acquaintances. They are called Memorization and More Memorization, and, to use an American expression, we've gotten super-duper close lately.
November 28, 2011
Unsurprisingly, it turned out that sometime last week was Thanksgiving Day in the United States. I really should have been aware of this, given that my obsession with the festivities surrounding this November supper run astonishingly deep for someone who grew up in Zimbabwe where turkeys, if they ever existed there, had probably long buckled under societal pressure and just converted themselves into either chickens or cows or zebras in order to fit in.
November 13, 2011
While this is by far not the classiest thesis to have picked for my second blog post, one cannot deny that food is a subject about which blog posts ought to be written. So, ladies and gentleman, look forward to a passion-charged ramble about my favourite dining spots in and around Oberlin.

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