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Letters away!

March 29, 2011

Jesse Hernandez

Yesterday afternoon I was privileged enough to witness the fourth annual "waving goodbye to the truck" day in the Admissions office. Let me tell you, it was quite the celebration. Months of processing, organizing, reading, reviewing, and (as I mentioned in my last blog) sometimes dreaming about applications culminated in our gathering in the mail room to witness the decision letters hauled off to the mail truck with much fanfare.

Members of the Admissions, Financial Aid, Communications, and Athletics offices withstood the chilly 30 degree weather to bid a fond farewell to a few thousand letters as they headed off into the great unknown. The conclusion of successfully reading and reviewing over 6,100 applications of course called for some partying, and so we all then shuffled back into the warmth of the mail room for cake and a champagne toast.

So, what does this mean for you applicants? Well, you should be hearing from us within the next few days. So, check your mailboxes!

I attempted to document the events with my cell phone, and have put together a visual timeline of the events below. Enjoy!


Man wheeling a leter carrier

The giant letter carrier thingy heads out the door


A group of people stand next to Stevie

The gang has gathered



A group of people stand around on the sidewalk

The camera has been spotted by one of the indigenous people!



Letter carrier being wheeled into the back of a semi-truck

In they go



People watch the letter carrier being wheeled into the semi-truck

It takes a while to get them in...



Man holding an empty champagne bottle

Tom's always the first one to pop up when champagne is around



A cake and Champagne sits on an Oberlin cloth

Our party spread



Office members hold glasses in an office

Enjoying the fruits of our labor



Responses to this Entry

I miss you guys and your impromptu parties so very much. Hurrah for finishing!

Posted by: Brandi on March 29, 2011 6:49 PM

Y'all drink Cook's too? I thought that was a poor college student thing!

Also, congrats. :D

Posted by: Helena on March 30, 2011 12:36 AM

I am waiting hopefully......

Posted by: michael m on March 30, 2011 9:12 AM

Helena, I don't know whether to be impressed or worried about your ability to spot a blurry champagne bottle on a 500px wide cell phone image.

Brandy, our parties miss you too.

Almost there, Michael!

Posted by: Jesse Hernandez on March 30, 2011 9:23 AM

Man, that's a lot of letters. Congrats on getting it all in the mail! (And what does the cake say? Apparently I can't decipher fuzzy cell phone photos as well as Helena can...)

Posted by: Eli on March 30, 2011 3:42 PM

Yay! I spot an Oberlin poster in the background. I'm proud :)

Posted by: Ma'ayan on March 30, 2011 3:48 PM

I'm so excited! Can't wait to get my letter....it's the last one I'm waiting for. Thanks for taking so much time to get through them, I know it must be a lot of work!

Posted by: Rebecca on March 30, 2011 9:50 PM

Is the cake everybody's initials, perhaps?

Wow, what a bunch of letters. :)

Posted by: Tess on March 31, 2011 9:42 AM

The initials on the cake? Try:

Thank God The Letters R In The Mail

Posted by: Cathy on March 31, 2011 10:16 AM

So what were the statistics? The number of applications? The number of acceptances, rejections, waiting lists? Did the number of applications increase again?

Posted by: steve on March 31, 2011 11:28 AM

The cake says: TGTLAITM (a much shorter way of saying Thank God The Letters Are In The Mail:)

Posted by: Leslie Braat on April 4, 2011 9:34 AM

Hello Jesse,

Thank you so much for the exciting news!
I have a question, I applied to Oberlin as a transfer student, do you know by when do we get to hear from the admissions decision for those applications?

Thank you and have a great day!

Posted by: Rony Castellanos on April 30, 2011 3:47 AM

Hi Rony,

You can expect to hear from us about your transfer application decision within the next two weeks. Take care.

Posted by: Jesse on May 2, 2011 8:44 AM

Hi Jesse,

Thank you so much, is a great relief to know that... at the same time I'm very nervous to know... Thanks a lot once again and have a great day!


Posted by: Rony Castellanos on May 4, 2011 2:45 AM

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