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 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 being pre-med

Asishana Osho ’10
“Oberlin has a great reputation among graduate schools. According to one of my [medical school] interviewers, we are known for producing some of the ‘most talented, most versatile and most driven...

On learning beyond one’s major

Brendan Veeneman ’07
“I think it is a uniquely Oberlin phenomenon that introductory courses are every bit as interesting and rigorous as upper level courses, and it was this strength that encouraged me to diversify my...

On becoming a good researcher

Cassandra Dean ’17
“I am now able to conduct research at a higher level than most people expect of an undergraduate student, and my ability to network and schedule have improved dramatically.”

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 being a life-long learner

Hidong Kim ’87
“The same crackling energy I felt at Oberlin when immersing myself in new learning I now feel in medical school... Once again, the academic rigor I acquired at Oberlin lights my path.”

On becoming a scientist

Jake Grossman ’08
“Oberlin taught me to view the natural world with wonder and curiosity, and gave me the tools to pursue that curiosity in a systematic way. This isn’t to say that Oberlin turned me into a data-loving...

On mouthing off in public

Kepler Mears ’17
“If I hadn’t said it and it hadn’t been heard, I’m not sure I would have met Professor Whelan in the way I did or formed a friendship with her.”

On opportunity

Lauren Choban ’16
“At Oberlin, there is something—a club, a research lab, a play—for everyone to take part in, succeed in, and, best of all, enjoy.”

On joining Women in Math and Computer Science

Lauren Wong ’16
“I found friends, a support system, connections, and something I was willing to speak up about, which is what I think Oberlin is all about.”

On doing research during winter term

Nina Cole ’12
“I know of no other school where a professor will welcome a first-year student without a molecular biology background into their lab as willingly as Professor Allen welcomed me.”

On being a researcher

Olivia Winter ’08
“I am excited about asking questions, picking apart ideas, and proposing new ways of thinking about problems. I obsess over the details of study designs and execution, all the while striving to be...

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