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Hi! I’m Ruby. I’m Bengali, which means I subsist on fish and rice, wear brightly coloured garments and sometimes say words that don’t sound like English because they’re not. I was born in the tropical land of Indonesia, which is why I hate cold weather; I picked up my confusing accent when I briefly lived in Sydney, Australia; I now divide my time between a little college town you may have heard about called Oberlin, and a jigsaw-puzzle of cultures and languages that is the tiny South-East Asian island of Singapore, which is not located anywhere near or in China.

I’m a violinist and an art historian. I’m a metalhead, but I love film soundtracks; I hate tomatoes, but I love sundried tomatoes. I like to soak up the sun surrounded by my favourite people. My passion in life is good food. I’m ethnically ambiguous, which means I like to make people guess where I’m from — I think my favourite so far is Zanzibar.

Somehow I made it to being a second year, and the last year of my life has been a rollercoaster of experiences both in and out of the classroom. I took classes that I still can’t pronounce, saw snow for the first time in my life, added another language to my ever-growing collection, taught myself how to cook oatmeal (it’s a big deal, okay), clashed with a professor over the spelling of ‘colour’, lost a beloved member of my family and learned to appreciate the beauty of a home-cooked meal. I’ve discovered that I love everything to do with the Middle East, and that I am never going to take another physics class as long as I live. I’m not the same person I was when I left home last year. My life at Oberlin has opened me to a wealth of experiences and this is barely even the beginning.

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This Post Will Probably Make You Hungry.

You've been warned. (Also a very unsubtle reminder that Ma'ayan and I should make beautiful food together.)

A Few Thoughts on Safe Spaces

What's a safe space, you ask? Good question. I'm not sure either.

Ten Things I Wish I'd Known: Outside the Classroom

Part II in my little pearls-of-wisdom series. Thanks again to everyone who contributed. Enjoy!

Ten Things I Wish I'd Known: Inside the Classroom

To be fair to my parents, they did tell me most of this, but it was easy to dismiss their experiences as being far removed from my own. As your peer, I hope that this will be useful to you and will help you to put yourself in the right frame of mind for what you should expect come September, without feeling overwhelmed.

Livin' La Vida Local!

Ruby learns about the implications of locally grown produce! And gets to eat yummy food along the way. Yay!

Soaking Up The Sun in Singapore

My Winter Term in (mostly) sunny Singapore learning Arabic and piano, and eating my mother's cooking.

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Dear Prospies: Here are some tips on writing your Oberlin essay; I even dusted off my own and posted it up here. But most importantly, remember to breathe!!

Registration Blues

Or, why I hate being a freshman.


My first time in snow EVER! I think I'm entitled to be obnoxiously excited.

Ich Bin Ein Oberliner

Everyone has an Oberlin story, and I think the variety between them really gives you a sense of the kind of student body we represent here at Oberlin. So here's mine.

A Ruby By Any Other Name

Have I ever mentioned that I have a love/hate relationship with introductions? Now you know. I'm going for an introduction that scratches beneath the surface of that protective layer of identification and gives you more of a sense of what makes me tick... without risking identity theft, hopefully.

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