We have collected hundreds of personal narratives from students, alumni, faculty, and staff that explain the merits and strengths of Oberlin through the eyes of those who have experienced it firsthand.
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On sources of inspiration

Zoe Darsee ’13
“Oberlin has given me these opportunities within Ohio and more importantly beyond Ohio... widening my experience and giving me a greater understanding of worlds outside my daily comforts.”

On finding her path

Qian Cheng ’13
“Oberlin opens up so many opportunities and challenges for students to explore life choices that even if you have absolutely no idea what you are heading for... you will always somehow find your...

On teaching an ExCo on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

Lauren Crawford ’16
“I realized I needed to create a space where I could discuss many issues present in contemporary Christian theology with only my peers.”

On clarity and falling down

Eliot Hart-Nelson ’15
“...In this moment I became aware of how much more comfortable with being alone I had become during my time at Oberlin.”

On being a docent in Oberlin’s world-class art museum

Ally Sterman ’09
“I have been leading tours of the museum’s broad and overwhelmingly impressive collection for almost four years now, and the joy of engaging visitors in discussions concerning art has only...

On the real breakfast club

Rose Guardino ’17
“Our crew is composed of varsity athletes, artists, intramural people, scholars, and scientists...We recognize that everyone has something to offer and deserves to be heard.”

On lessons learned during the Business Scholars program

Maddy Dunn ’16
“If I stayed true to myself and focused on my strengths, I could make my own version of business.”

On a foundational winter term project

Gabrielle Walsh ’18
“Under Professor Matlin, I gained confidence in my lab work and got to befriend older student researchers who were already engrossed in the chemistry department and greater scientific community.”

On habits developed at Oberlin

Anne Hoffman ’08
“I spent mornings at Black River, nursing coffee and developing an addiction from which I have no intention of recovering. I read political theory that made my brain feel like it was on fire. I read...

On teaching the Planet Earth ExCo

Sarah Fries ’12
“Most students at Oberlin are conscious of environmental pollution and the rapid depletion of resources. I wanted to tap into that awareness and help it manifest.”

On her time at Oberlin

Megan Schulte ’94
“Graduating was like ripping off my right arm. But it was Oberlin that bolstered me and created a foundation from which I could truly plunge into the world of the possible.”

On performing with Oberlin’s female and trans* hip hop dance group And What!?

Isabelle Harari ’17
“Our identity as dancers makes sure our audiences leave with material to ponder, discuss, and continue to engage with after our shows.”

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