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Hi, everyone! My name is Patrick Doherty and I'm in my fourth and final year as an Oberlin student. I'm originally from Walnut Creek, CA, which is nestled away in the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. I am currently pursuing a degree in history and researching an honors thesis on the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle and the fin de siecle in Europe.

Like most Obies, I find myself extraordinarily busy with activities that I love. There is no way that I can list them all here, but I'll try to highlight my major involvements.

For the last two and a half years I have worked for the Office of Admissions as a tour guide, intern, interviewer, and campus visit intern. Don't be surprised if you run into me sometime during your visit to campus! I also currently serve as the treasurer for Active Minds at Oberlin, a group dedicated to reducing the stigma against mental health issues on college campuses. Oh, yes, and I also take piano lessons from the lovely Lydia Frumkin, Professor of Piano in the Conservatory.

I love talking to prospective students and answering questions about my Oberlin experience. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have anything you'd like to chat about!

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Departing the Blogs (4): 10 Things I Learned

My final farewell...

Departing the Blogs (3): 10 Things I Could Have Done Without

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."

Departing the Blogs (2): 10 Things I've Missed

There's no place like home...

Departing the Blogs (Part 1): 10 Things I Love

These are a few of my favorite things...

It is an honor!

"This thesis...will explore debates concerning modernity [in the fin de si├Ęcle] through the reactions of the British and the French press to the 1900 Exposition Universelle."

From Apathetic to Academic: Becoming a History Major

In which my life becomes embodied by History Major Heraldic Beast.

The Land of Fire: The Adventures of Patrick and Jordan

Our intern lunches became a regular occurrence - we would swap stories about the craziest things that had happened to us that day (so many crazy things, all the time), gossip about whatever was going on on the Hill, and, on one special occasion, Jordan nearly ran into and almost knocked over Dennis Kucinich in the cafeteria in the Rayburn Building.

What makes us different?

Brandi recently posted an inquiry on her facebook status: "Oberfriends: If you had less than 60 seconds to express how awesome Oberlin is to someone who knows next to nothing about this place, what/how would you do it?" I visited her earlier that day, and she asked me the same question.

Send Silence Packing

In which Active Minds raises awareness about suicide rates on college campuses.

A Long, Bumpy Road: My Journey to Oberlin

Several people have blogged about their journeys to Oberlin. I've decided to add myself to this ever-growing list. Partly because my journey was not what some of you might expect and partly because I've avoided telling this story in its entirety for far too long.

Six Degrees of Oberlin

Proof of my not-so-secret theory that Oberlin is slowly taking over the world.

Spontaneity is Totally Awesome!

In which the extent of my nerdiness is revealed.

Keeper of the Chronicles

Some of my favorite Oberlin facts and stories.

Tales of a part-time student

The only academic part of my semester is honors. No classes, no ExCos, no nothin'. Theoretically, this should make my honors process much less stressful to endure.


In which a Californian attempts to explain weather in Ohio to those people who live in a warm climate.

A Celebration of Ringing

The story of how Helena and I discovered Celebration Bells, First Church's handbell choir.

Musical Moments

A series of vignettes about my musical experiences at Oberlin.

Mudd: Love it, hate it, use it.

When I first came to Oberlin in the fall of 2007 - yes, I am old - I knew basic library skills, but never really had to use a library for an extensive research project. Thank you, California public education.

Winter Term Reflections

Four Winter Terms, three projects, an incredible internship, a Broadway debut, and much, much more.

That's Wormwood!

Or, reflections on my common app essay with snarky comments added four years later.

My Oberlin Bucket List

In which I realize that I only have one semester remaining at Oberlin. Terrifying.

More holiday cheer (And a contest!)

In which I post lyrics to the ridiculous Oberlin-themed carols that I wrote during finals and create a fun contest!

Twas the Week Before Finals

In which I procrastinate by creating my own version of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Finals survival guide

There's nothing like listening to "Just Dance" on repeat to get up the energy to pump out the last few pages of a paper.

Fiercegiving 2010

I am happy to say that this Thanksgiving I am thankful for my wonderful Oberlin friends and my Oberlin family. I don't know what I would do without them. Let Fiercegiving endure forever!

A Visitor's Guide to Oberlin: Thinking Outside the Box

The fourth and final part of my four-part series on visiting Oberlin.

A Visitor's Guide to Oberlin: Tours and Interviews

Part 3 of a 4-part series. In this section: friendly advice to get the most out of your tour and interview.

A Visitor's Guide to Oberlin: Welcome to Admissions!

Part 2 of a 4-part series. In this section, information on official admissions activities.

A Visitor's Guide to Oberlin: Planning Your Visit

Part 1 of a 4-part series. In this section, planning your official admissions visit.

From Idea to Reality: Active Minds at Oberlin

Or, how one person and one organization changed my entire Oberlin experience for the better.

I Left My Heart In San Francisco: Fall Break 2010

The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay/The glory that was Rome is of another day/I've been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan/I'm going home to my city by the Bay.

Getting To Know Me

Hi! I'm Patrick. I'm a fourth-year history major from Walnut Creek, CA.

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