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 venturing outside the Oberlin bubble

Mitchell Herrmann ’17
“The trips I took to the city of Akron during the cold of Ohio’s winter months introduced me to an entirely new world—a world in which my political and social assumptions were challenged in entirely...

On preparation

Yvette Chen ’16
“Three years into college, I can say with confidence that my experiences inside and outside of the classroom have equipped me with the skills to fight for what I believe in.”

On changing the world, one book at a time

Anita Fahrni ’65
“After returning, I started to collect, sort and send books. Within 10 years, over 220,000 books would find their way from my garage to libraries throughout Mongolia!”

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...

On making new friends on a service trip

Charlotte Landes ’13
“Everyone was open to each experience we encountered, greeting each inevitable trial with a smile, a shrug, and a “we’ll figure it out.””

On organizing a mentoring program in Lorain, OH

PJ Carter ’09
“The culture of Oberlin encourages students to get deeply involved in what they are passionate about and to make a difference.”

On the lifelong connection to Oberlin’s values

Christopher Sanders ’08
“Oberlin instills in each student a dedication to improving the lives of others... I continue to incorporate my four years of experiences into my everyday life while working in the U.S. House of...

On civic engagement

Rachel Benson ’08
“Fast forward four years, many hours of community service, a lot of growing up, and one Oberlin degree later, and I found myself back in a place where I sought solace and found empowerment - through...

On becoming a scholar activist

Cindy Camacho ’11
“With the help of my wonderful mentor, Daphne John, associate professor of sociology, I am able to use the academic tools that I have gained at Oberlin to fight the battles of injustice.”

On an unforgettable moment

Rachel Parnell ’16
“Although Kim Katrin Milan did not teach me the politics of radical love, I cannot help but acknowledge that she illuminated what was already so present in my life and the work that I wish to do. ”

On volunteering in post-Katrina New Orleans

Colin Jones ’08
“The values of service, hard work, and solidarity in the pursuit of justice that were instilled by Oberlin pushed us forward.”

On working with the America Reads program

Raquel Farah-Robison ’11
“Witnessing both of my students’ growth and finding creative ways to nourish their newly found enthusiasm gave me a deep sense of fulfillment.”

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