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Describe the students at your school.

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There is no one race, religion or sexual orientation 'group' that necessarily inundates the campus. Of course, there are many, many white rich kids from both the east and west coasts. I have African-American friends, I have Asian friends, I have Latino friends, I have white I have gay friends, I have straight friends, I have bi friends. None of my friends follow a pattern (other than loving arts) so we can't really be relegated to being called a simple 'group'. Of course, some people identify more with people of the same color and so they gravitate to them. But for most people, it doesn't affect their circles of friendship. Most people tend to be well-off financially. I mean...it's an expensive school. Your parents have to be able to afford it. Very few students would feel out of place. People looking for a huge campus, sororities, frats and non-stop keggers will be disappointed. But there are people who like those things on campus; they're just a minority. People who don't enjoy intellectual discourse and pursuits will have difficulty finding a niche...but anyone can find a place at Oberlin if they want to. We're all geeky and nerdy in our own ways. Most students wear whatever's comfortable to class. Jeans, t-shirts, flip-flops, pajamas, skin-tight jeans, leather jackets (ironically), leather jackets (not ironically)...anything really. It's kinda fun to check out what your classmates are wearing every day because you really have no idea what you're going to get. Different types of students interact all the time. They have to. The school's too small not to. But there aren't defined 'types', to be honest. Other than the hippies and hipsters of course. And the hippies are always nice. If they are four tables of students in a dining hall you may get one table of the sci-fi fantasy geeks (term of endearment), the theater geeks (see: endearment), maybe a soccer team table (who sometimes sit with either of the previous tables) and the final table is a complete mismatch. Most people make friends in freshman year and stay close throughout school. It will most likely be one of those groups. Most Oberlin students are from either New York, Boston, Oregon or California. Mostly New York, though. Or, at least, they wish they were from New York (I know I do). Most students are incredibly politically aware. Of course, 90 percent are liberal. There's always a Darfur campaign or a Pro-Choice campaign going on in some form (mostly non-intrusive). Most people are involved in some kind of community service such as the Sexual Information Center, the Rape Crisis Center, the Recycling Co-op...mainly things that directly affect the politics of the campus. Nobody talks about how much they'll earn one day because, with liberal arts degrees under our belts, we're all just hoping to be employed after college.

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