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I'm Sophia, a senior physics major from Athens, Ohio, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where hippies and coal miners live in conjunction. Athens is home to Ohio University, so I'm no stranger to the liberal bubble college town.

I came to Oberlin because I was too many types of nerd — I was curious about the sciences, humanities, and the arts — and I didn't want to give up any of them. I arrived at Oberlin geared toward the creative writing major, but I found myself choosing physics and math classes over humanities classes. In addition to the problem sets, labs, and lectures, I am currently conducting an honors project in atomic spectroscopy with Professor Jason Stalnaker, and I did astrophysics research on-and-off for three years with Professor Chris Martin, who studies the formation of stars at the center of the Milky Way.

I’m also a veteran of many student groups on campus. For all four years at Oberlin, I've been an active member of the Chinese Student Association (CSA), of which I was the co-chair two years ago. I wrote for the Oberlin Review for two semesters as a columnist, reporter, and section editor. As a pianist here, I've also taken both classical and jazz secondary lessons, and I've been known to do Bob Dylan piano covers in Warner Concert Hall. I’m also currently taking jazz guitar lessons for the first time. My newest venture is a cover band with my housemate, Chloë, called the Clever Brothers, and we play the guitar and sometimes the cello and sometimes the spoons while one of us sings in the style of Creed. We’re a party band whom no one has ever asked to play at a party.

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We're gonna can the emotions in this one and just tell some Oberlin stories. Thanks for reading.

Ghost of Winter Term Past

One of my physics videos is now on the YouTube!

Ah, you'd like two tickets to the laser show?

The gun show is sold out for now. While you wait for the next time we tour, please enjoy a description of my Winter Term/honors project. Since you're so accommodating, let me also offer you two tickets to the potassium show.

Let's hear you echo, 2011

Beer brewing, apocalyptic prophecies, Creed covers, Picassos, lasers, and of course, the Punch Brothers. A summary of my fall semester. Also, I apologize for the gross R. Kelly reference in the title. I don't know any better.

Finals week in a nutshell.

boy you got my heartbeat runnin' away, beatin like a drum and it's comin your way, can't you hear that boom badoom boom boom badoom boom boom badoom boom bass, boom badoom boom boom badoom boom he got that super bass


This year, I didn't get into a co-op. Where was I going to get my weekly serving of granola? How could I say goodbye to the cinder block-sized bricks of cheese that arrived every Wednesday? Was I going to waste away trying to cook all my meals for myself?

Pleased to meet me

Yeah, that title is a Replacements album. I thought it would make a great title for this post, which is a more detailed, list-y description of myself.

My last first semester

Why do I feel like a crazy person? I am a senior now. Oberlin, even with the all-nighters, the snowy Aprils, the death icicles looming on my roof, mouthfuls of saltless co-op lentils, has been nurturing me this whole time with arms wide open. Oberlin and I have been spooning for three and a half years, and I'm about to be kicked out of bed into a pair of knobbly hobbit-shoes.

Chinese Students Association wants YOU

I go to CSA when I need a shoulder to cry on or a piece of roast pork to eat. And I learn about Chinese culture in the process.

Secondary music lessons

To those of you non-Conservatory students who love music--secondary lessons beckon you!

Hawaiian lasers smell like pineapple

I'm currently getting paid to spend my summer doing atmospheric physics research in Hawaii. That's right, I'm living life through pineapple-scented nose-filters. They're better than rose-colored glasses.

One last wade in the nostalgia pool

I'm cyber-wallowing in tearful joy at the new crop of Oberlin grads. Lots of metaphorical drinking in this one.

Undergraduate Research in Science

Here's my attempt at making an FAQ about undergraduate research. Doing research as an undergraduate has been a big part of my education at Oberlin. I've never been completely sure if I want to pursue science as a career, so doing research has made the idea of a "career in science" less of an abstraction, and I know more about what I like and don't like about the scientific process.

Progress Report

Let's catch up. I've been shooting lasers, writing calligraphy, and eating fresh fish.

A Robo-pansy's Winter Term Project

I'm on campus working on making pedagogical-but-not-pedantic, extremely low-budget videos on various physics demonstrations with physics professor Aaron Santos. It bridges the gap nicely between humanities and science.

Oberlin is for cat lovers

After a grueling semester, sometimes I find myself only able to think about cats.

Reflections upon the lovelier times during midterms week

Midterms week wasn't entirely terrible. In fact, I blocked out all the bad moments, so in fact, midterms week was awesome.

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