Politically active? Want to be? Just want to help people? Olin might be able to help you do that.
One of Olin's bigger clubs on campus is OSA- the Olin Students for Awesome. They are a group that covers a wide variety of issues, from human rights to appropriate technology. In general, if you want to do something that has a humanitarian goal, the OSA kids are the ones to go to. Subgroups, including Olin's Amnesty International group, Olin's STAND (Students Take Action Now Darfur) group, and Olin's HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) group, among others, all form a network of people dedicated to making the world a better place.
Tonight I went to one of OSA's events, namely a movie dealing with the current Darfur conflict. Both Olin and Babson students were in attendance, and after the movie finished, we had a thirty minute discussion on getting involved and individual vs. group/governmental efforts in campaigning. It was excellent to participate in a discussion with people who are clearly passionate about these issues; you could tell that people were looking at each question from all different perspectives. I tend to be more involved with the human rights side of OSA, and it's really amazing to be in this network of people who will drop work to go to a Die-In or a rally. I've found that the people here who are into this sort of thing tend to be really enthusiastic about it, and are quite eager to educate those who are interested. Don't know what divestment is? Ask Tim or Allison and you'll be set. If you are at all passionate about things of this nature, rest assured that at Olin you can find a network.
Or, at the very least, you'll have the ability to talk to people about what's going on in the world outside of college.
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