Hey there! I’m Tanya Aydelott, and from 2013 to 2017 I served as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Oberlin College. Three things in particular drew me to Oberlin: the music, the history of the college, and the college’s values and commitment to educational accessibility. As a blogger for the admission office, I sought to highlight some of these features, demystify the already-stressful college application process, and feature student and community voices.
About admissions itself, here are some good starting points: A Reflection on International Travel (which also includes some thoughts on making your college list), An Admissions-Sized Surprise Part II (wherein I get colleagues and friends to offer words of encouragement), Interview Bingo (interviews aren’t supposed to be scary, I promise!).
There are also links to virtual panels where you can watch Obies talk about their Oberlin experiences. Take a look; we’ve time-stamped the videos so you can hop around to the questions you’re most interested in.
I wish you all the best as you navigate the college admissions process! Good luck and bon voyage!