It has been a whirlwind month for me, starting with an amazing 7 day trip touring continental Europe where I got to explore the day and night life of Amsterdam, Rome, and Berlin (with Madrid and Lyon to follow this weekend!), followed by a week of hospitalisation, surgery, and another week of recovery while Ana '09, and my brother visited for my 21st birthday and Thanksgiving. I'm sure life is just as busy for the potential Olin '12 student reading this blog, what with the application deadline only 5 days away! Which leads me to the real topic of this post. It's ok to be gay at Olin.
Even though we're a 300 person school, we have a quite a few openly gay, lesbian, and transgendered students, not to mention their countless straight supporters. This support is represented quantitatively in the actions and support of Olin and Babson's gay-straight alliance, Open. Open is one of the largest clubs on campus by financial support, and puts on some of the most loved campus events to demonstrate and encourage support for the Olin-Babson queer community, including a labor day brunch, t-shirt screening, and an annual spring drag show. Of course I can't forget our openly queer faculty, as well as very active faculty GLBT supporters.
Personally I was worried about being gay at Olin before I got here, as there wasn't much published information, and I didn't feel comfortable yet to ask around. Thankfully, those fears subsidised as soon as I met some of the queer students during Candidates Weekend. I met some great people who were engineers first, and gay second. Despite its size, I wasn't going to be alone at Olin. I can't guarantee that you'll have the opportunity to meet queer Olin students before coming here, but take my word for it, if you come here, you'll be accepted by the community, and you might even find someone you like. That and, Boston's an awesome place to be gay. Myself, I've slowly met a great group of on and off-campus friends, I swim competitively with a gay USS masters swim team, and now that I'm 21, I can't wait to go out on the town occasionally.
Of course if none of this suits you, you can always use study away to have a different experience. I might suggest a large metropolitan area renowned for it's extremely large queer population and nightlife... ;)
Feel free to contact me if you want to know more.