Hello all - I’m Nathan, a rising sophomore from rural Oregon. A warm welcome to anyone who happens to be from the West Coast or better yet the PNW (Pacific Northwest)! I was originally planning on studying Robotics when coming to Olin, but have since admitted to myself that I really don’t know what I want to study.
The first thing that people tend to say to me when I tell them I go to Olin is something along the lines of: “What was that?” or “Sorry, I don’t think I heard you.” At that point I usually go into autopilot mode and rattle off a 30-second explanation of how Olin is a super small, special, and awesome engineering school. The point I’m trying to make is that (in my experience) before Olin is recognized for its prestige, achievements, or unique culture, it’s recognized for its size. Olin’s size (around 330 students total) is usually one of the biggest drawbacks or attractions for incoming students and is something that is regularly on current Oliners' minds.
I personally grappled with the size of Olin, both its student body and campus. There are only five buildings, all a stone’s throw away from each other. While this is awesome during the winter months when it is freezing cold or snowy, it can make it hard to be alone and hard to find your own space. Likewise, you are less likely to bump into someone that you’ve never seen or talked to compared to a larger campus. Learning how to have your own space at Olin probably deserves an entirely different blog post, but I want to share my favorite spot to “disappear” to.
Let me start by saying that I have traveled around the Olin campus a fair amount. I’ve been on several roofs (yes, I was allowed), the central heating plant, server rooms, various window ledges, stairwells, hidden corners, stockrooms, and storage spaces. I’m by no means claiming to have been to all parts of campus...yet - much of campus is locked to students (for good reason).
Perhaps the biggest surprise to you will be the fact that my spot isn’t a particularly secluded place. This spot is actually in a stairwell...I know most of you are probably thinking gross! and closing this tab. I don’t blame you; stairwells always give off a weird feel. However, something is special about the fourth-floor corner ledge of the north wing of West Hall (one of Olin's residence halls).
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures from up there. However, I do have a picture from another angle.
Nathan Faber (pronouns he/him) is a rising sophomore at Olin planning on studying Engineering with Robotics. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, biking, juggling, unicycling, baking cheesecakes, and hanging out with friends!