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July 21, 2018

Jason Hewitt ’20

There's a lot for me to be thankful for since my arrival at Oberlin around two years ago, and I refuse to take that for granted. I'm going to be very honest with y'all. I tend to show signs of ungratefulness towards my education at times. I have many complaints about the food, parties, social life, and other minor aspects of the college, and I feel like I should limit those more often. I am blessed to be able to study at Oberlin College, because a lot of people aren't able to receive this level of education. Everybody isn't able to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country.

After all, Oberlin only has about three thousand students. This college is very selective, and I definitely understand why that is. The people I go to class with on a daily basis have many impressive achievements. I'm talking about the type of classmates I would have never imagined going to school with. I knew they would be smart, but wow. Then, it hit me. If Oberlin is selective enough to choose only the best of its applicants, what does that say about me and my peers? We are extraordinary; we have to be. That's part of what makes Oberlin such a great place. The individuals I have met at this institution are some of the most dedicated and hard-working people I have ever met, and I can say that with complete confidence.

Another aspect of Oberlin that I should be more grateful for is the quality of professors that the college has. I never realized how experienced these people really were in their respective fields. Most of the professors I've had so far seem to be highly respected in what they do. Many of them have published books! That is crazy to me. There are people who I would see on a day-to-day basis who have that type of impact in their field of work. It's so impressive to see through my own two eyes. It's an honor to learn from these professors, because some of them don't even have to teach for financial reasons. They just do it out of the love for their students and the subject they are teaching. 

I don't know where I would be if it wasn't for Oberlin College. My life would be entirely different, and I'm not sure if it would be better. Who knows? What I do know is that the students, professors, faculty members, and coaches have all made a great impact on my life. That's arguably the best thing about Oberlin. The people are the ones who make this place so great. The relationships I've made at this school will be remembered and maintained for a very long time, and I have to be grateful for being at Oberlin for that.

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