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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.

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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.

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