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 his roommate, Mike Loll, during their first pre-season

Greg Mangan ’09
“He knew all the plays. He knew where to be at all times. He moved effortlessly through the logjam of the field. He was a natural.”

On pushing boundaries

Arjuna Pettit ’14
“I still remember the sense of accomplishment that I felt after completing the final exam for Bio 100. I had conquered the beast.”

On learning to be a writing tutor

Sean Nagamatsu ’07
“It was not simply a course in how one tutors. It was an exploration of writing as a catalytic form of expression and interaction. It was the complete taking apart of how I put together words and...

On the larger Oberlin Community

Miata Rogers ’14
“I was looking for a college with a town...I wanted to be able to engage in a community outside of the college itself. I found that when I visited Oberlin.”

On Oberlin’s life preparations

Jacob Myers ’12
“Oberlin’s crash course in cultural understanding gave me open eyes, open ears, and an open heart, and at the end of the year, that’s what helped me learn the most from my own experience.”

On the Music in London winter term project

Brianna Murray ’18
“During this three week trip, I was able to experience life outside the United States for the first time as well as immerse myself in the musical culture of a vibrant city.”

On being a non-traditional student

Sue Angell ’99
“I came to Oberlin in 1995, as a 22 year-old transfer student and the mother of a two year-old boy... determined to get the type of education that would help me raise my son as a single mom.”

On the ExCo Program

Netta Rappaport ’12
“What other place allows any undergrad student with a decent idea to create and teach their own course?”

On discovering the Filipin@ community

Joelle Lingat ’15
“FASA made me embrace my endless need to be different. We’re all just a group of kids trying to figure out how we each can be extraordinary in this very complex world.”

On teaching experimental typography

Christopher Gollmar ’10
“It’s esoteric, I guess, this interest of mine, but Oberlin is the kind of place where esoteric interests tend to flourish.”

On the community of Sci-Fi Hall

Vicky Costikyan ’14
“I felt at home with the people around me, and I developed a confidence in myself that I had never experienced before.”

On volunteering at Oberlin

Paulena Papagiannis ’12
“Through a bevy of volunteer opportunities, the Murray Ridge - Oberlin College Alliance has re-established a vital outlet for Oberlin students to connect with some very special members of our...

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