Hello there, dear readers!

If you came to the Olinsider today looking for a super exciting post about all the great things going on at Olin, then you are in luck:

There is now a waffle iron in the dining hall.

I know, it's a pretty big deal.  I bring this up both because it's exciting and because it reminded me of the last waffle I had, not so long ago...


A few weeks ago, I was visiting a friend of mine at a college in Boston.  En route to the dining hall, she insisted that I make a waffle.  According to her, they had THE best waffles on earth.  So I made one.  It was, in fact, a very good waffle, and I left the dining hall thinking, "Hmm, I wish we had a waffle iron at Olin...  I'll have to mention that to someone..."


(We then got a waffle iron before I remembered to tell anyone.)

So, what do waffles have to do with anything?  This must be part of some profound metaphor, right?  Of course not.  This is just a post about waffles.

However, I have visited friends at a few other colleges as well (the joys of being from Massachusetts) and gotten a taste of the culture (waffles?) at each school.  From my experiences, I believe I can safely say the following:

  • Our dorms are pretty sweet.
  • Our bathrooms are pretty sweet.
  • While I may complain about taking the stairs to the fourth floor of the AC, at least I don't have to cross any streets, or take a bus across campus.
  • While we may occasionally suffer from the effects of the "Olin Bubble", I think the safety of our campus is something we tend to take for granted.  It's actually really, really nice.
  • On the same note, we are definitely not in the middle of nowhere, and the Bubble's actually not so hard to pop.  The commuter rail is in walking distance from campus!
  • I don't think there's anywhere else besides my own house that I would so freely leave my stuff all over the place and not worry about losing it.

These are some things all you future applicants and Mittens still on the fence may want to consider.  Think beyond academics for a moment... what is your daily life at school going to be like?  How are your waffles going to taste?  While my friend in Boston may think her school's waffles are the best in the world, I happen to think that ours are just a little bit better.  And maybe you will too-- it's all just a matter of taste.

But I digress!  This post is, truly, just about the new waffle iron in the dining hall.  Go check it out sometime.

-Haley '17


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