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Meet Orianna O’Neill’16, of Coward Land

October 9, 2013


Name: Orianna O’Neill’16

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

Major/minor: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Theatre Performance, and Dance.

What brought me to Beloit: Jim Zielinski, my admissions officer really made me want to come to Beloit. He’s the best.

My favorite class so far, and why you should take it: Music and Romanticism: 1800-1900, MUSI 203 with Daniel Barolsky. It was the hardest class I’ve ever taken, and I took it first semester of my freshman year. The class really showed me how college works and what a college student needs to bring to the table. It’s also a fantastic class, and everyone should take a class from Daniel Barolsky in their college career.

You may have seen me: Being a mermaid.

The best book I’ve read at Beloit: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. It’s a fantastic dystopian post-apocalyptic novel, filled with ‘80s references and Monty Python jokes. I read it for EDYS 151, and everyone should read it.

Why you should come and see Coward Land: We shoot guns, smoke cigarettes, drink booze, and say some terrible things. It’s gonna be fantastic.

What are you working on? I’m part of the cast of This Is College, a fictional web series written by our very own Lucy Holden. The series tells the story, in somewhat real time, of Julia’s freshman year of college. I play Clarisse, Julia’s best friend, a friendly but annoying girl who dreams of being an actress. Look us up on YouTube!

What do you do in your free time? What do you wish you did in your free time? I spend a lot of time hiding turtles all over campus. Keep an eye out for them! I wish I spent more time playing hide-and-seek with sharks. That would be so awesome.

What gets you up in the morning? Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, a few friends and I have Awkward Breakfast, an event that starts at 9:07 sharp. Extra awkward points if someone brings along a friend no one else knows.

What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? Turtle Creek. It’s a  beautiful creek over on the way out to Walmart. Turtle Creek is a fantastic place to take a quick swim, or just have an adventure in the nature that we forget is all around us.