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Mail Day! In picture form!

March 29, 2010

Jesse Hernandez

I know Elizabeth already gave a nice narrative about the decision letters being mailed out, but I thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures from our little celebration! For some reason the person in the office who has never owned a camera has been designated the "camera guy," so please keep that in mind when noticing my extreme lack of picture-taking skills.

The first batch of letters make their way to the truck.
a man pulls a mail carrier

Debra waves to the camera. It was cold and rainy, but the nice thing about being the camera guy is the zoom feature = gets to stand in doorway and still shoot.
A crowd holds umbrellas in the rain

It's pretty much a rule: take a group of pictures and at least one shot will have someone whose eyes are closed.
The umbrella holder's look at the camera

Into the truck they go!
The crowd watches the man push the mail carrier into a semi-truck

Still going in that truck...
The man pushes the mail carrier up a ramp into a semi-truck

If you haven't realized yet, there was a truck involved.
The mail carrier sits in the back of a semi-truck

Even though we were getting wet, it was worth it.
The crowd holding umbrellas waves at the camera

Most of us know how to use umbrellas. Some of us had to learn the hard way *cough* Chuck.
A man gets help collapsing his umbrella

It takes a village to teach someone how to use an umbrella.
An umbrella with the text "Oberlin College Admissions Office"

Eventually, the crisis was averted.
Three people struggle to collapse an umbrella

And eventually we all got cold.
The crowd walks in a line

Nothing warms you up better or declares a celebration better than some bubbly.
The photographer's view of a cup of champagne

It was a bittersweet toast, however, as Tom lost a pair of glasses from the poorly controlled cork explosion that occurred moments after this picture.
A woman pops a champagne bottle

Responses to this Entry

You guys are so witty at Oberlin! I hope my daughter was accepted!!

Posted by: Lynette on March 29, 2010 11:50 AM

What is the priority of what's weighted in an admission decision? Is the live audition not the top factor in decisions?

Posted by: Dylan on March 29, 2010 5:42 PM

omg, Kris looks so cute in that picture! Tell her I say hi and to email me when she gets a chance ASAP.

my email address is srpchess@gmail.com

Posted by: Saul on March 29, 2010 7:40 PM

Thanks for the pics, Jesse - it's almost like I was there waving to the truck:)

Posted by: Leslie on March 30, 2010 9:39 AM

Wittiness is a necessity in this job in order to keep your sanity.

Dylan, that is quite the topic, I could write (and maybe will now) an entire blog on that. Did you apply to the College and/or the Conservatory? If you're applying as music major in the Conservatory, then the audition is the most important aspect of the application. If you're applying to the College of Arts and Sciences (not a music major), then we are more heavily concerned with your high school performance, test scores, extra-curriculars, etc. Feel free to contact the office and discuss more in detail.

Leslie, you almost were there waving to the truck, except the skype seemed to have cut off your arms :)

Posted by: Jesse Hernandez on April 1, 2010 9:33 AM

? Perhaps the sole criteria for admission should be whether or not one can properly wield an umbrella.

Posted by: Barbara on April 2, 2010 5:17 PM

Perhaps at least one criteria for being an admissions counselor is whether or not you can properly wield an umbrella.

Posted by: Jesse Hernandez on April 6, 2010 8:49 AM

Do you guys use the Writing section of the SAT? I had good scores on the Critical Reading and Math but my Writing sucked.

Posted by: Giovanni Hashimoto on June 15, 2010 10:46 AM

Hi Giovanni,

We require that applicants take either the SAT or ACT writing sections. If you have only taken the SAT, then we will require that you submit that writing sections score.

Keep in mind that the writing score is only one small part of the big picture, and that you still have plenty of time to take the test again and try to improve. We will take the highest subset scores of all the times you take the SAT.

Posted by: Jesse Hernandez on June 22, 2010 8:40 AM

Was there a truck involved? I really couldn't tell.

Hiya! I'm Paloma. I just recently discovered Oberlin and it really seems like an amazing place. I was wondering who the admissions rep for Texas was (DeBakey High School in Houston!) and if there is a link to some sort of calender saying when/if they will be visiting the city soon.

I also had a couple of other questions, is there an email address so I can contact someone directly?

Have an orange day! (It's a game I play with my friends. Try to pick out everything orange you see!)


Posted by: Paloma on July 27, 2010 10:42 AM

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