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Zoe McLaughlin ’11

Zoë came to Oberlin for reasons that are impossibleto enumerate succinctly. She wanted to major in some sort ofbiological science, but also had interests in other areas. She iscurrently majoring in biochemistry and creative writing, mainlybecause she couldn't pick just one side of her brain.

Besides writing stories and mixing chemicals together, Zoë playsviolin, dances, visits her public library, and writes about herself inthe third person. She's also become a member of Oberlin's ChineseStudents Association and the secretary of Asia House's Hall Council,both largely by accident.

If you tell her that it's cold in Oberlin, she will laugh at you andthen deny it, as she is from yet even colder climes.

To find out more information about her in a listed, possibly lessconfusing manner, click here.

Entries from this blogger

March 31, 2011
Grad school was an obvious possibility, as was finding a job and working for a year, getting more lab experience. But I wasn't sure if I wanted to remain so heavily married to the sciences, at least in the immediate future.
March 13, 2011
Once dressed, we put on our coats and boots and headed over to Warner--where the Dance Department is housed--looking very classy indeed. My coat looks really good on top of silk with gold accents; that's all I'm saying.
February 27, 2011
Excitingly enough, this year we purchased a second lion, so this year we were able to do really cool things like have the lions jump over one another. Plus, if you have more lions, everything just looks cooler.
February 11, 2011
It suddenly hit me that this is my last chance to take classes at Oberlin, ever, and there are so many classes that I haven't had the chance to take yet. This is a sobering thought, especially since I've also suddenly been hit by an overwhelming desire to understand everything .
January 31, 2011
There was also a bonus piece to the puzzle that they could collect if they found Bigfoot and told him some facts about himself.
January 22, 2011
Since it's Winter Term right now, I've slacked off a little bit on my mail checking routine because the inflow of mail is even less than normal.
December 9, 2010
It's a little-reported fact, but organic chemistry in general is actually composed mainly of working up your product. Doing the actual reactions takes very little time. It's all in the purification.
November 8, 2010
I was also prone to saying things like, "No, you have to tell me exactly where my feet and hands go in the turn, I can't just turn ."
October 24, 2010
So I read and I wrote and I did my problem set and I got nothing else accomplished, meaning that a lot of things from my to-do list have now been pushed onto my "to-do over Fall Break" list.
August 10, 2010
Including, but not limited to: ramen, canned soup, graham crackers, apple sauce, bread making materials, peanut butter and honey, cereal, rice, and assorted pastas.
July 14, 2010
The fairy godmothers are actually hillbillies, the prince is something of a dud, and the mice are a lot more concerned about where they're going to get their next meal than about anything that's going on with Cinderella.
May 14, 2010
Maybe this bit of sentimentality was brought on by the fact that I was standing in a normal kitchen, not a tiny dorm kitchen or an industrial-sized co-op kitchen.
March 28, 2010
To do this, I siphon off a few milimoles of the mixture, using a lot of liquid nitrogen and a pretty intimidating vacuum system, bring it over to the GC, and shoot it through. Basically.
March 6, 2010
Really, though, all I want to do is read young adult novels. I can't, though, because I have more important work to do.
January 31, 2010
I did my best deer in the headlights impression, at which point the guy I was assisting said not to worry, he'd help me with some of the talking.
January 22, 2010
Usually our conversations involved me trying to express myself with improperly conjugated verbs and him good naturedly pretending that he understood what I was saying.
November 13, 2009
Right before I left for summer vacation, my Facebook status read, 'Zoë goes to the coolest church ever.'
November 4, 2009
After a brief walk in the crisp night air during which I considered making pirate jokes, we arrived at the hospital.
October 18, 2009
Various student organizations and groups had tables set up around Tappan Square, with food and activities available from their respective cultures.
September 17, 2009
It wasn't fun trying to get all my work done and sleep more and walk around with a sore throat, but I managed it pretty well, with the help of cough drops and perseverance. Until Sunday night.
August 15, 2009
Funny story: One time, I forgot to bring my concert pants and didn't realize until I was trying to get dressed for a concert.
August 10, 2009
Showing a little foresight for once, I started investigating jobs that would allow me to arrive early on campus, with somewhat minimal success.
July 11, 2009
Remember when I was talking about opportunities? Allow me to expound upon another opportunity that I encountered late last semester, involving dance. Just to shake things up a bit, I'm not going to write about Indian dance again.
January 22, 2009
This mix of people leads me to a very important topic: food. Malaysia, and particularly Penang, where my grandparents live, is well-known on those travel cooking shows for having amazing food. Those shows aren't lying.
January 15, 2009
Though they all speak English, I've come to realize that what my uncle once said is very true: the conversation will start out in English, move on to a mixture of Chinese and English, and finally settle completely into Chinese.
December 1, 2008
You can tell how stressed I am by how many lists I've made, and right now I'm making a lot.
November 25, 2008
As I write this (but not as I type this, because I'll be doing that later), I'm drinking egg nog left over from my dinner at Lord/Saunders. That's right, I ventured to south campus to eat dinner tonight.
November 19, 2008
I spent most of my time last week trying to memorize a dance for the International Festival, which was held on Saturday.
November 13, 2008
The sign above the door to my analytical chem lab now says "Oberlin Crime Lab." For the rest of the semester, we're solving a crime that occurred at the Olympics involving arson, secret notes, drugs, and missing silver medals.
November 9, 2008
This weekend, being parents' weekend, saw many, many events. The one I attended today was FELL, the 2008 student dance concert, which consisted of pieces choreographed and performed solely by students.

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