Doubling Up

Posted: November 28, 2012

Taryn Ohashi ’13 takes full advantage of the opportunities Scripps College has to offer.

As a math and economics double major juggling leadership roles in the 5C Dance Company (5CDC) and Scripps College Economics Society while working at the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College, she still makes time to apply to graduate school, fly to Washington, D.C. for job interviews, write two theses… and even sew handmade stuffed animals for her friends.

“I took a big risk coming to a liberal arts college,” says Taryn, who had planned to go to school where she could major in business. Upon discovering The Claremont Colleges, however, she knew an institution like Scripps would encourage her to take on the world the way she wanted.

Originally an economics major, Taryn missed taking math courses and enrolled in Calculus II with Associate Professor of Mathematics Christopher Towse. Towse talked her into majoring in math, a decision she now considers “easily one of the best I’ve ever made in my life.”

Most students pursuing two majors choose to dual major (two majors with a senior thesis that combines the two subjects), instead of double major (two separate theses). While it’s a lot of work, Taryn is happy to take the road less traveled and challenge herself. “The opportunity to write two undergraduate theses not only helps me prepare for future graduate studies, but also allows me to explore two courses of study I’m genuinely interested in. So, I thought, why not double major?”

On the weekends, you can usually find Taryn performing with 5CDC (often with choreography created by Taryn herself) at CMS and Pomona-Pitzer sports events, running dance practice, or holding individual sessions with her dance teammates to tutor them on technique. Currently, dance has taken a front seat in Taryn’s life as she prepares the team for its upcoming biannual showcase on November 30.

“I have been a member of 5CDC since my first semester in Claremont,” she says. “My dance team is like a family to me.”

Is this mixture of activities unusual for a Scripps student? Taryn doesn’t think so.

“Scripps is all about encouraging its students to pursue what they wish to pursue. It should be kind of weird that I love math and econ and am such an avid dancer, but at Scripps, it’s not.”

Taryn advises younger Scripps students to follow her lead and join an active club or team. “You won’t regret it,” she says. “You will meet students from other colleges or disciplines and automatically have at least one thing in common.”

Taryn has recently accepted a job offer as a research assistant for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where she will assist economists in research and analysis related to current public policy issues, bank regulation, financial markets, and the state of the US economy.

Taryn knows she will miss the supportive Scripps community that has helped her accomplish all she has during her time at the College. “But I am excited to see what the future has in store for me.”

To learn more about 5CDC, check out their biannual showcase Friday, November 30 at 7:00 pm in Garrison Theater. The showcase also features guest performers from REVERB, 5C Ballet Club, 5C Kpop Club, Los Shottas, and Hyper Xpressions from Occidental College! Event is free and open to the public.

— Ann Mayhew ’13

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