Hi! My name is Arla, my pronouns are she/her, and I’m from a teeny tiny island in Washington. This year is my first at Olin! I’ve been on campus for a month now, but I have no real concept of time anymore; the past 30 days of interactive classes, new people and delicious food have flown by.
If I’m being honest, I never expected my first month of college to look like this. Of course this whole pandemic thing has thrown a bit of a wrench in the operation, but my unexpected experiences come from more than just that. As a high school senior, I expected my first year of college classes to be mostly introduction courses and prerequisites. My first four weeks of classes at Olin have been anything but; in one of my classes we’re learning about facial recognition software and in another we’re creating hoppers (small devices inspired by creatures that hop).