Sydney Garvis ’18

  • Admissions Counselor


I chose Oberlin because of three camp counselors who described co-ops and ExCos in detail: They learned how to run a kitchen and feed 70 people and then biked across campus to teach a class to their peers about the art of fermentation, the secret theories behind the TV show Lost, and a practicum in glassblowing techniques. They inspired me to visit campus and after I met the lacrosse team, I knew I couldn’t wait much longer to know if Oberlin would be my next home. I applied Early Decision and got in.

On campus, I followed in my camp counselors’ footsteps, eating in Tank co-op and taking many ExCos. But like all students who become Obies, I made my time at Oberlin my own. I majored in geology and Hispanic studies and minored in environmental studies. I conducted research in the geology department, taught Spanish classes at Eastwood Elementary, played lacrosse, and studied abroad in Buenos Aires.

After a winter-term research trip to Indonesia, I applied to teach English there with the Shansi fellowship. One month after graduation, I moved across the Pacific, and over my two years living and teaching there, I learned I loved working with students.

I’m back in Oberlin working in admissions, excited to get to connect with those students who are future Obies! When I’m not working, I’m jogging to the Arb, trying (and burning) new recipes, and seeing how many new things I can get involved in.


Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (Eastern), Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Spring 2022

Play Card Games Exco — EXCO 824