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2014, this one's for you

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Welcome to the Class of 2014! I remember so vividly this time last year. High school was over, work was going steadily, and HOLY COW, HOW MANY PAIRS OF SOCKS SHOULD I BRING TO OLIN?! Back-to-school sales were in full swing, though summer had barely begun, and I was worried I would miss out if I didn't jump right away. But it's hard to know what one should bring to school, especially when most people are coming from out of state.

 

You should be hearing from the Office of Student Life soon, but I wanted to offer some...anecdotal advice from your classmates. I asked fellow Oliners for their input. The following is a rough collection of these tidbits. Read with a scrutinizing eye; every person will want something different, but this should be a good starting point.

Designing my own degree at Olin College

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Well, I'm back as a student blogger for (hopefully!) my final year at Olin College. I went to look through my last two years of blog posts and realized I've never told y'all about my self-designed concentration, which seems quite a gap. So here goes. 

In less than one year from today (again, if all goes to plan), I'll graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Cognitive Science. How cool does that sound? To be honest, I don't have a good grasp on what cognitive science is, and I've never thought "Boy, cognitive science, now *that's* what I really want to study in college". Instead, it seems to be the discipline I've arrived at when I tried to create a program that would both prepare me to be an interaction designer and allow me to take all the courses I wanted to, like Visual Cognition, Tangible User Interfaces, Nature vs. Nuture, Consumer Behavior, and Evolutionary Biology. 

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