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Hey, y’all. I’m Christie Krancer, a member of Oberlin’s class of 2018. I’m pursuing a major in Latin Literature, probably another major in history, and maybe a minor in chemistry. Nobody’s really sure where my credits will take me. I hail from Bryn Mawr, a medium-sized town in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I first visited Oberlin in the last week of February, and it was a glorious ONE DEGREE outside, not including wind chill (and we all know how Ohio’s flat terrain maximizes that wind chill). Despite the miserable weather, I loved Oberlin. My mom, who graduated from Oberlin College in 1980, told me that if I loved Oberlin in the height of winter, it was a perfect place for me.

I live on the second floor of North and I'm a member of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Hall. I first heard about Sci-Fi Hall when I was visiting Oberlin in February 2014; I overheard some students having a conversation about Mass Effect, my favorite video game series of all time. After I unabashedly added my two cents, I was welcomed into the conversation. When I mentioned that video games are one of my greatest passions, they suggested I consider applying to a special Theme Hall at Oberlin—one that caters specifically to fans of science fiction and fantasy. Now, if there were ever a one-hit K.O. of selling points for colleges tailored specifically to me, the presence of Sci-Fi Hall takes the cake.

Now, the number one thing to know about me is that I am a huge nerd. I love comics, video games, film, television, and books. I’m vehemently obsessed with anything involving superheroes or werewolves. I love space marines and dragon-riding sorceresses. I spend way too much time on cosplay, and I have a whopping 25 posters in my dorm representing all sorts of fandoms, from Marvel Comics to Bioshock to Hetalia to Legend of Korra.

Another hugely important part of my identity: I’m a hardcore intersectional feminist. I believe racism, classism, sexism, cissexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression cause society to fail a huge contingent of its people. I also believe it’s my duty to do everything I can to end that practice of failure. Through a rigorous and constant dedication to checking my privilege and a passionate determination to spreading the spirit of activism, I take advantage of every opportunity I have to minimize oppressive forces in my sphere of influence.

I wanted to join the Oberlin blogs because they made me fall in love with this school before I’d even seen it, and I want to help other people realize just how much this place can be a home for them. I want to tell rad stories and share my joy at just being a part of this incredible environment, and I hope my elated sappiness rubs off on the high schoolers who are doubting the fact that there’s a school out there crazy enough for them.

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How I Chose Oberlin

Why I'm glad I got rejected from University of Chicago, waitlisted at UVA, and wanted to travel further than my hometown.

Peek Inside My Dorm!

Whether you're a prospie looking for an inside look at Oberlin's dorms or a current student who wants to see what other people do with their living spaces, come on down to North/Langston and check out my room!

Winter Term Fitness

In which I strive to make my body the best place for my mind to be.

Fall 2014: Semester in Review

In which I look back on my experiences and thoughts during my first semester at college.

Interview: Responses to the Ferguson Decision on North and South Campus

When talking to my RA, Dominique Pearson, I learned that there were differences in responses to Ferguson depending on whether you lived on North or South campus. I decided to interview Dom and get their perspective on the divide between North and South campus.

Ousting Grade Gloom

When your grades aren't what you want them to be, consider using these steps to achieve an effective emotional and mental recovery.

Never Trust a Train

In which I regale you with the legend of my wait for the elusive Amtrak train at Elyria's train station, and discuss Fall Break and midterms briefly.

Embracing Personal Change

I was excited to come to college for a plethora of reasons, but the thought of achieving my final form made me breathless with anticipation almost every day since I sent in my confirmation of acceptance.

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