Oberlin, OH
Oberlin College


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Bethany
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

GO FOR IT! Don't be so afraid! Try it all and you will find great joy. Even the disapointments can be a valuable lesson. ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

GO FOR IT! Don't be so afraid! Try it all and you will find great joy. Even the disapointments can be a valuable lesson. Don't worry about the outcome so much. If you are doing your best then failure will not be a failure but a lesson learned. Try new things. Don't look behind you so much. After all the past is, well, past. The present is the most important part of like. The future will take care of itself. Enjoy learning and trying new adventures. Laugh--a lot. It will keep you young. Most important of all: You are worth every good thing that comes your way!

Braden
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

This year is going to be a great one, you have so much ahead of you! But, a bit of advice to help guide you on the way is alw...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

This year is going to be a great one, you have so much ahead of you! But, a bit of advice to help guide you on the way is always nice, and looking back there are a few things worth mentioning. Just as a warning, the alarm clock will not get easier with time. But in all honesty, the best advice I can give is to enjoy this last year of living at home, around all the friends who have helped you to grow, in the place that you know like the back of your hand. Take advantage of every opportunity you get: help out in student clubs, be out-going, choose to study hard, be friends with everyone you meet, and let people know how much they mean to you. Taking advantage of all of these things that come your way and doing your best at the tasks at hand (as boring as they may at first appear) is going to shape you in ways you never imagined. Don't worry about it too much, just keep your head on straight and enjoy the whole experience as you truly live it!

Kylie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Knowing what I know now I would tell myself to study harder and pay more attention on tips the teachers gave us on studying a...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Knowing what I know now I would tell myself to study harder and pay more attention on tips the teachers gave us on studying and how to prepare for exams, take lecture notes, how to spend time wisely, and how to prepare for college essays. Knowing these few "basic" things are key to making it in college. I wish I also would have leared to be more organized and prepared it helps to keeps all things organized, it makes things easier to find and you also can keep up with due dates to upcoming assignments. Also take advantage of the high school conselors do all the volunteer activities that you can, it looks good on scholarships as well as programs you try to apply for. Also paying attention in your core classes will help in the long run college profressors will go back to basic terms. Another helpful tip learn to spend your time wisely. Study when you can, sleep when you can it does not help to cram and loose sleep the night before a test. Your brain needs time to recover.

Katherine
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Oberlin College is perhaps best known for the Conservatory of Music, where generations of musicians and composers have cultiv...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Oberlin College is perhaps best known for the Conservatory of Music, where generations of musicians and composers have cultivated their technical skills and demonstrated their talents for audiences around the world. This level of cultural intelligence and remarkable creativity permeates the entire student population, enlivening the school with a sense of exploration and purpose. Consequently, this progressive academic atmosphere attracts a world-class group guest speakers and performers, whose lectures, shows, and readings connect students to a broad spectrum of contemporary conversations and endeavors.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Before coming to Oberlin College, I wish I had a better appreciation for the Environmental Studies Department. Lead by Distinguished Professor David Orr, a leader in the field, the Environmental Studies curriculum equips students with both the ability and the passion to make real changes in ecological design and environmental policy. The Department resides in the acclaimed Adam Joseph Lewis Center and Environmental Science Lab. Outfitted with over 150 environmental sensors, the Lewis Center contains data monitoring and display systems for students to view and analyze energy use. Such a hands on approach is a rare and valuable education tool.

Christopher
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love this school. There is no doubt in my mind that it is exactly where I am meant to be. What makes it so for me is the pe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love this school. There is no doubt in my mind that it is exactly where I am meant to be. What makes it so for me is the people. The professors and students are all so dynamic and full of personality and desire, and that makes for an exciting, fulfilling place. It is easy to surround yourself with friends who are both challenging and supportive, and that is the best place for development and growth.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

This is actually one of my favorite things about Oberlin. The students at Oberlin are the individuals who do not fit a stereotype. They come from all backgrounds: in terms of place, family, culture, language, political and religious beliefs, and everything in between. People just surprise me again and again and again, and I loved being surprised by something like that. Imagine someone with so much personality it simply overflows. That is who you'll find at Oberlin. There are certainly exceptions, but in my experience they are few and far between. Here are some more specifics. Frats do not exist. Neither do jocks. The athletes at Oberlin are those athletes who have love and dedication for their sport, but are not consumed by it. Division III athletics means academics and real life come first, but athletics are still valued and challenging. I would argue there are no geeks at Oberlin either, though some might disagree. At Oberlin, everyone has wide interests and Oberlin is where everyone can pursue them all, or as many as possible with the time commitments required. In my definition of geeks, they are only interested in science or technology to the exclusion of social abilities and hygiene, but no one is so narrow-minded at Oberlin. That is the best description of students at Oberlin: Open-minded and full of heart.

What are the academics like at your school?

Oberlin is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the world, without dispute (the very top in my opinion, though that might be disputable). All of the programs Oberlin has to offer are top-notch, and there is a wide range, especially for such a small school. Oberlin is very strong in the sciences, which is unusual for a small liberal arts college. At the same time, Oberlin is equally strong in the Humanities and Social Sciences, which is unheard of. Oberlin also requires students to complete 9 hours in each division: Social Sciences, Humanities, and Natural Sciences, as well as 9 hours in Cultural Diversity classes. Some complain about this, but my thought is that we chose a liberal arts education, and my problem is actually choosing a major because I like everything, so I have no sympathy for them.

Taylor
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

High school is not the biggest and most important time in your life. Even though you feel as if the weight of the world is o...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

High school is not the biggest and most important time in your life. Even though you feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders and things will not get better, it will. There are a lot of times that kids in high school are so consumed with the drama that they cannot look at the world around them. Enjoy the time you have to be a kid, keep the past the past, and enjoy every moment of being young, wild, and free. College is hard, planning is tough, financing is stressful but it will all work out the way it is meant to be. Relax, meet the deadlines, and think of college planning as a privilege and not a chore. There are so many options thrown at you and after all, you’re still a kid so don’t be overwhelmed. Life is tough but well worth all of the struggles, transitions, trials, and triumphs. Make sure you work hard at everything, especially your college career, because the best feeling in the world is knowing you can accomplish something and be successful all on your own. Keep your head up!

Rhett
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

College football, school spirit. Absolutely strong alum network to help with intern and job placement. "Absolutely" meanin...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

College football, school spirit. Absolutely strong alum network to help with intern and job placement. "Absolutely" meaning, there is no denying it. Trojan network is lifelong, almost psychotic in its commitment to procuring resources for next generation of Trojans. I don't even think the Ivy league schools have this type of commitment.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Snooty, upper-class highschool children aspire to be USC students. You can tell there is a rich, insular atmosphere and despite the strong international presence, most ethnic groups self-segregate. Also a pressure-cooker. No emphasis on 'passion for learning,' only production and earning capacity.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You must not be afraid of being alone. New friends, clubs, and sporting events are rewarding and a natural part of the collegiate experience – they are doubtless one of the reasons why so many older people become nostalgic for their college years, the “springtime of lives.” But many of the things that can genuinely matter are inherently personal – studying, researching jobs and internships, maintaining ties to old friends and family, and simply taking a few moments to reflect, to name a few. This is not to say that you can only grow as a person while alone, not at all. In fact, it is this time spent alone that makes the other, more social parts of life all the more compelling and refreshing. It is easy to feel overwhelmed – embracing the time for yourself will bring balance and your world. Though no person can exist in a vacuum, if you can believe that being alone is OK… this is the mentality that makes champions, leaders, and just flat-out likeable people into who they are. By spending time with yourself, you will be able to improve your life everyday – the best advice there is.

Maya
What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Lots of social activism groups and creative collectives (hip hop, literary magazine, improv troupes, yadda)

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Lots of social activism groups and creative collectives (hip hop, literary magazine, improv troupes, yadda)

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Oberlin Students are somehow self-motivated ADHD cases with eclectic, over-specified personal identities and a largely liberal lean, which is both the stereotype and the reality.

Margaret
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dear Maggie, I have been given the opportunity to talk to you and offer you (and in effect myself) advice, because you see ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dear Maggie, I have been given the opportunity to talk to you and offer you (and in effect myself) advice, because you see I am you, eight years down the line. After pondering this question for a few moments, the advice I would like to impart is fairly simple; be open to new experiences. Leaving home, adjusting to college, making friends, and starting classes is overwhelming but it's time for you to go. As you grow older and mature, give into this new sense of self - leave your comfort zone as much as possible. Some of the greatest experiences you will have will only happen because you gave them a chance. Soak up as much of the experience as you can. From studying new disciplines, learning from top-notch professors, and going on exciting adventures, this time in your life is all about breaking out of your shell and experiencing the world. Only once you do, can you begin to figure out who you are and what you want. And so walk around campus with a sense of curiosity about the world and don't be afraid to ask questions. And leave some time to study! Your friend, Maggie.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag a lot about the great music that could always be heard at Oberlin. Oberlin has one of the best music schools in the country and attracts amazing student and faculty talent, but the school also focuses on bringing great outside performers to play throughout the year. Although the Conservatory does not account for much of the student population, the entire school is very music focused. I have seen many performances at Oberlin that I would not have gotten the chance to see otherwise and that I will never forget.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

At times the most frustrating thing about Oberlin College was the distance to a major city. If I had attended another school, I feel like I would have more internship or real -life world experience, as such I did not feel completely prepated when I graduated. However, this was not entirely the colelge's fault but I do think the school could have encouraged this kind of growth more.

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