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Bo Arbogast, assistant dean for student support, works in the Academic Advising Resources Center (AARC). There, he works with students to facilitate their academic success. Arbogast has been at Oberlin since 2005, and he started in his current role at AARC in 2015.
Get to know more about Arbogast in this Q&A.
Describe your role in six words.
Explains unsolved transcript riddles for you.
Favorite spot on campus?
Finney Chapel when the house is packed for a concert or talk.
What's your passion?
Making music with friends; a good dinner party that involves the whole family; helping students learn they have an easier path to graduation than they previously thought.
Best advice someone gave you?
Don't go to grad school—at least not right away. I went into the Peace Corps, instead.
What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?
A pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.
What's one thing we don't know about you?
I starred in the musical Hair in college. I wouldn't get cast in the show now, of course.
Most regrettable fashion choice?
I didn't own Birkenstocks until I was 50 years old, but if it's cold why not wear socks with them?