What is all this Awesome stuff anyway?


No, I am not trying to say that all the content on this blog is top notch. In fact, as of now there is little content on this blog. Rather, I am using an alternate definition of the word “awesome.”

awe·some (ô’səm)
1. Inspiring awe: an awesome thunderstorm.
2. Expressing awe: stood in awesome silence before the ancient ruins.
3. Slang. Remarkable; outstanding: “a totally awesome arcade game” (Los Angeles Times).
4. Of or relating to human rights, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, or general saving the world as defined by Olin students.

No, definition 4 is not really there; I just added it in, but it is an apt description of what the word awesome means to many Olin Students.

In 2005, Will Clayton(’06) and Simon Helmore(’07) decided that there needed to be a place for students who were interested in “leaving a positive impact on the world” to get together. They formed Olin Students for Awesome, or OSA. The original charter that they submitted to the student government stated:

Mission: To save the world!

This was rejected as being too vague, although it is a very good description of OSA’s mission.

OSA brings together students who want to make a difference; who want to do something; who want to save the world. In one club, we deal with issues ranging from genocide in Darfur, to workers’ rights, to hunger, to saving the environment, as well as everything in between. When asked “How do you draw the line between what is or isn’t Awesome,” I have a hard time answering. There isn’t a list of topics that OSA addresses. The general rule of thumb is that we will support anything that isn’t bad.

We have taken the word Awesome and applied it directly to mean all these things. So, take the word and use it, and as always, do something Awesome.


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