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.
Simbarashe Runyowa ’15
May 3, 2015
I contend with my post-grad future through reflecting on age-old proverbs from my past.
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 11, 2015
My final winter term project is participating in the Oberlin Business Scholars Program. After all 11 participants took the Myers-Briggs test, it turns out I am the only introvert among us!
December 14, 2014
So instead of me studying, why don't I analyse these essays for your entertainment?
November 30, 2014
At this point in my college career, perspective is really important. What really matters, in the larger scheme of things? Sometimes, it has to be about self-preservation.
October 5, 2014
Gather around, everyone, it's story time. Uncle Simba has a confession to make.
July 25, 2014
Incoming internationals, this one's for you. Welcome, my fellow non-residential aliens :)
June 1, 2014
In this experimental blog I reflect on my semester in France by exploring the notion of home as I move through 3 cities : Paris, Rome and Harare.
April 6, 2014
College is as much about the acquisition of knowledge as it is about the formation of selfhood.
February 23, 2014
My study abroad so far is teaching me that absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder.
January 24, 2014
I'm learning to speak Parisian, among other things.
January 7, 2014
I'm going to study abroad at the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po) in France.
October 24, 2013
I realised and then accepted that unmitigated busyness was not equivalent to productivity, but a threat to it. I learned that sometimes even doing something you love is a luxury that you should be prepared to sacrifice when faced with the exigencies of the bigger picture.
August 13, 2013
The Oberlin experience changes you in ways you don't always see as they occur but became obvious as you look back at your former self.
March 5, 2013
Obies are continuing to have conversations about progress. But in order for these conversations to be productive we must all commit to open-mindedness. It will be difficult, but ultimately necessary.
February 15, 2013
Oberlin was supposed to exemplify the post racial, post discriminatory society we hope to converge to. Instead, we are served with piercing words that are so unspeakably prejudiced.
January 16, 2013
I didn't grab no shoes or nothin' Jesus. I rayan for my life. (All the way to New York.)
October 3, 2012
What to study, what to study at Oberlin College?
August 25, 2012
Thoughts on my human rights internship at People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) in Cape Town, South Africa.
July 11, 2012
I absolutely love this city. Everywhere you go here, there is a mountain in the backdrop. It is an unbelievably scenic place.
April 2, 2012
The Clinton Global Initiative brought together over 1000 students, social entrepreneurs, and changemakers from around the world to Washington, DC, this weekend. But first, thoughts on the Hunger Games.
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.
October 31, 2011
On many an occasion during and after orientation when I have had to introduce myself, I have encountered a number of interesting scenarios in which my first name ignited a hilarious chain of events.