Oberlin, OH
Oberlin College


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

Because of Oberlin's acceptance of a variety of identities, the campus is home to some traditionally outcast individuals. Thi...

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

Because of Oberlin's acceptance of a variety of identities, the campus is home to some traditionally outcast individuals. This occasionally may manifest itself into a loyalty that appears to ostracize others. While students may be intent on forming a concrete identity, it creates an atmosphere of learning and exploration and fosters acceptance in the end.

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

It's not about where you go; it's about what you put into it. Take courses based on the professor, not the subject. Figure out how you want college to serve you, and take advantage of all the resources available. There are often more than you think. Make sure you know what you are looking in an institution befor before enrolling. Sometimes a year off does a lot of good. Get involved and learn how to navigate through an organization. Do something beyond your means so you learn how to cope with stress and deadlines. Finally, make mistakes, for college is one of the few places that will help you make better decisions next time.

What's unique about your campus?

Oberlin has six things other lack. Our music conservatory and art museum are some of the finest in the country. Every January we have winter term in which we explore a subject on our own. Student run cooperatives allow for a more intimate atmospher. Students teach classes of their own as part of the extra divisional college. Finally, Oberlin's environmental studies building is the first carbon neutral building on a college campus and serves as a model for future architects of buildings and of the world.

Yitka
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A hippie enclave for those hell-bent on dreaming big and making the world a better place.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A hippie enclave for those hell-bent on dreaming big and making the world a better place.

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

Envision who you want to be 4-5 years from now, then do all the research you can to determine which school will best help you become that person - not only academically and career-wise, but also emotionally, physically, socially, intellectually, spiritually, etc. Because the college years themselves are a time of incredible growth and change, it is hard to anticipate now who you will, or will want to, become - but think big and dream bigger! Examine the aspects of schools that are important to YOU - want to be able to hike on weekends? Investigate a school's outdoors club. Interested in traveling the world? Inquire about study abroad options. Want to collaborate on research with a professor? Set up a meeting with one to discuss options. Visit as many schools as you can, ask random students everywhere you go about their school. Research! Read everything you can get your hands on. Ask a thousand questions. I don't believe there is a "right" answer to the "Which college should I go to?" question; there are many answers, but each will lead you to very different experiences, so it pays to think now about what is most important to you!

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

It's so far left-leaning that it cuts down on some of the political and socioeconomic diversity that would keep things more interesting and balanced.

Timothy
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Quirky, friendly, liberal, progressive, non-heteronormative, and challening.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Quirky, friendly, liberal, progressive, non-heteronormative, and challening.

What kind of person should attend this school?

I would Oberlin to smart, artistic, fun-loving, academically motivated students who have high (liberal) social ideals. Students that prefer "just chilling" to heavy partying more suited to Oberlin as well.

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

Don't worry so much about finding a prestigious school as one that is right for you. Be sure to visit the campus on talk to many students, even if your shy. Talking to only a couple of students can be misleading because they are not necessarily representative of the campus as a whole. Relax. Parents, don't push your child. Ask questions when visiting campuses, make sure all the you have all the information, and leave the decision up to your child. It is there life after all, they know what's best for themselves. Students, don't get embarrassed with your parents for talking to all those people when you visit schools, what you learn could verywell make your decision for you.

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

When students are looking for the right college, their comfort level at the school they ultimately decide to attend is key. ...

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

When students are looking for the right college, their comfort level at the school they ultimately decide to attend is key. Students should go with their gut feelings when choosing a school, and must always remember that there is no shame in trying out a school for a semester or so and deciding that it is not the right fit. To make the most of any college experience, students must be willing to meet new people, try new things, attend unfamiliar events, and talk with professors to address any concerns. Lastly, since college can cost a large amount of hard-earned money, it is best to spend that money, as well as devote enough time and energy into the school with the best fit. Always remember: college is an adjustment for many, and it takes time to make it through.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone liberal who likes to think outside the box, isn't afraid to be creative, and respects other people's differing views on politics, religion, and sexual orientation.

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

the level of cigarette smoking, too much of it

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

the level of cigarette smoking, too much of it

What kind of person should attend this school?

liberal, artistic, musical, environmentally and politically conscious

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

Let your child choose. Pay attention to environment. Choose a school that does not encourage academic competition between students. Choose a school with a large pool of alumni.

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

People stress out about finding the right college. I myself remember hours spent comparing statistics and wondering where I ...

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

People stress out about finding the right college. I myself remember hours spent comparing statistics and wondering where I would fit in. This is a good process, enjoy it, use it to cull your list down to your top choices -- but then forget the whole thing. Go to the campus, spend some time there, away from your parents, talk to real students, visit professors, sit in on classes. Ask yourself how this place will challenge you, change you -- because college will change you. They say you get a feeling when you're in the right place and it sounds cheesy but it's really true. You'll know you've found the right college when you step on the campus and it feels like home.

What kind of person should attend this school?

You should attend this school if you want to be challenged and pushed in a way that will stretch your boundaries. No boring people here!

Caitlin
What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is passionate about something, anything. Or if you have an interest in becoming passionate about something. I thi...

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is passionate about something, anything. Or if you have an interest in becoming passionate about something. I think the ideal student would be someone who doesn't have a set path yet, but wants to establish one by their third year in college.

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

Oberlin is a busy place, with so much to do that everyday you have to decide whether you're going to go to a world renowned concert, an interesting lecture, or buckle down and do your work. I learned a lot about myself, and met some good people too.

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

It is important to give credence to the "gut instinct" you have about a place. When I visited my top choice it didn't go well, but I knew deep inside that it was the perfect school for me. Also, I would recommend asking your schools how easy it is to change fields of study. I would suggest being open to changing your course of study if you feel the need. You're going to learn a lot, so get ready for it. Push to meet with your professors early on, and get to know them. They can help with job placements, and things of that nature over the summer and down the road.

Paul
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

A destination for people of every background who want to discover everything there is to know about the world, who want to tr...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

A destination for people of every background who want to discover everything there is to know about the world, who want to try everything until they discover what they love, then chase their dream to the ends of the earth.

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

You need to select a place that is compatible with your own strengths and weaknesses, and be prepared to be challenged. A good college experience can change everything about you for the better, but you must be open to new ideas and experiences and take the time to be introspective. Also, be prepared to struggle, to be embarrassed, to fail: learning is to a large degree dependent on managing these experiences. College taught me to not fear failure, and to persevere in the face of it, and I have come far because of it. A final note: classes and homework are important, very important, but most of the learning happens outside the classroom. If you never leave the library you'll never see the world.

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

Wish I had already been more experienced, more mature, more well-traveled; I might have gotten even more out of everything. As is, I was perfectly happy and rarely felt out of place.

Jeffrey
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Oberlin is an academically rigorous and educationally inspiring school with a liberal student body, committed faculty, a stro...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Oberlin is an academically rigorous and educationally inspiring school with a liberal student body, committed faculty, a strong environmental conscious, and an emphasis on global citizenship.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A conservative, business-oriented individual who is interested in Greek life. Outdoor enthusiasts would also most likely be bummed.

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

The most important criterion in selecting a school is the academic community: are the students and faculty equally committed and passionate about learning? Secondly, will you feel comfortable being a member of the student body? A visit is crucial, because there are so many factors that go into making a decision about college that the "feel" of a school---your comfort level, and overall impression about the people and the place---that you may not be able to incorporate into a body of numbers and second hand experiences. Once you are there, don't be afraid of faculty! Your professors will define your academic experience; take advantage of their resources and supprt. Join clubs to meet friends with similar interests, and seek to balance studying and having a good time. It also helps to identify major goals for your college experience: what do you want to learn? What is important to you, as a person?

Lei
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Oberlin has a superb academic environment that challenges students to achieve to their highest ability, and the students are ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Oberlin has a superb academic environment that challenges students to achieve to their highest ability, and the students are generally accepting and very open-minded.

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

Trust your instincts... meet lots of people on campus.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Conservative, career-oriented, close-minded, sports fans

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