CJ Blair ’18

  • Admissions Counselor


My four years as an Oberlin student were a revelation. Coming from a large public high school in Kentucky, I was eager to attend a small college that would allow me to work closely with faculty and support my desire to study both creative writing and biology. When I visited Oberlin, I saw not only supportive faculty, but endlessly creative students bringing their passion projects to life. Before my campus tour was over, I realized I’d found my new home.

As an Oberlin student, I majored in biology, with minors in creative writing and geology. Outside of the classroom, I engaged with environmentalism through Students for Energy Justice, the Carbon Neutrality Student Advisory Board, and my work-study position in the sustainability office. I also conducted honor’s research in biology, tutored in Oberlin’s CLEAR center, and taught my very own class about frogs and toads (“ToadsCo”). Beyond that, I ran marathons, frequented weekly blues dances, and made bread and pottery with my friends in co-ops.

After graduation, I was lucky enough to receive a Watson Fellowship, which allowed me to spend one year traveling to Greenland, the UK, Puerto Rico, Nepal, and Japan in order to study wildlife conservation. I never would’ve had these incredible opportunities without choosing Oberlin, and as part of the admissions team, I’m eager to find prospective students who could thrive here as well.

When I’m not working, I enjoy walking along rivers, watching obscure movies, trying to learn guitar, and eating a bit too adventurously.


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