Hey! My name is Maia and I am a first year at Olin (as of last week, holy moly)! I’m from Los Angeles, California and may want to major in mechanical engineering (maybe, probably?!). On that note, if you have no clue what you want to do in engineering or are from far away and want to know what it’s like to live in a place you’ve never really been before, feel free to hit me up. Club fair is this week, so I’m not sure what else I’m going to be doing at Olin yet, but here I am blogging, so I think that’s something!
Anywho, school started last week (WOOO!!!!) and as a previously blog-obsessed prospective student I felt like I should let the outside world know a bit about what we’ve been up to. And spoiler alert, it has been a ton!
So time feels super warped here because there is always fun stuff going on (or maybe I just have terrible perception of time... probably that) but believe it or not, us first years have been here over a week. We have done all sorts of things, and I’m going to try to squeeze in some of my favorite times from the last 11 days into 1 blog post, so we’ll see how that goes.
As most Oliners would tell you, the best part of school is by far the people. We have run around Boston together (see a picture of my awesome group below!), played an absurd amount of beach volleyball for not being very close to a beach, and have bonded over many late nights in the residence hall lounges. With how well we know each other and how friendly we are, it feels like we’ve been together for months. And let me just say that feeling is awesome! A really cool thing that I’ve also found about Olin is that you can literally sit next to anyone in the dining hall and talk to them about anything and everything - professors and staff included!
Class of 2022 Oliners in Boston! I'm second from the left.
Another pretty great part of this that was unexpected coming from Southern California was the weather - just not in the way you (or I guess, I) would imagine. So before I left home, I stocked up on everything warm: jackets, pants, long-sleeve shirts (you get the idea), and I have not worn any of it once. It has been BEAUTIFUL!! On an average day this week, you could find a good percentage of the first year class (and the rest of the school) out on the lawn hanging out, napping, playing sports or doing homework. It was amazing to walk out of my room every day to blue skies and warmth. I’ll let you know how I feel when snow comes along, so more on that in a few months.
I guess this is a college after all, so we also have classes (crazy right?!). If someone tries to tell you Olin isn’t a real school, they are technically wrong, but after being in traditional school since kindergarten, these classes feel like they’re out of a dream. We all take Design Nature (which is a design and prototyping class) where our homework was to - get this - go out into the woods near Olin and watch animals hop and then draw them. And on our first day of Introduction to Sensors, Instrumentation, and Measurement (ISIM), we soldered and built circuit boards (no prior experience necessary!!). In these classes, instead of really having lectures, we sit in groups with each other and our professors (which we call by their first names!), talk, and help each other. And doing homework is the same way (just minus the professors sometimes)! If someone would have told me a few years ago that college would make schoolwork fun, I would have said they were totally lying, but here we are.
So that’s been a bit over one week, I’m sitting here, surrounded by tons of friends who are currently helping me edit this (shoutout to everyone in the second floor lounge!) super excited for the years to come!