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Hey there! I’m Tanya Aydelott, Assistant Director of Admissions for the College of Arts and Sciences. I grew up mostly in Cairo, Egypt, though my parents are neither Egyptian nor still in Cairo. Mine was a slightly nomadic childhood, flitting from Turkey to Kuwait to Qatar to Egypt and various other places in between, and it has given me a deep appreciation for building a home in the cities I find myself in. Being in the vibrant hamlet of Oberlin is an adventure, and I am enjoying the challenge of learning my community and sharing it with prospective students and their families.

I came to Oberlin from Philadelphia, and the first thing I fell in love with was the sky. I’m used to straining for a glimpse of the sunset between thick office buildings, but here all I have to do is look. Driving across the great long Keystone State, I filled my Instagram feed with photos of clouds and sunbursts, and I haven’t stopped. I’m serious: I received complaints—but also incredulity from my city-bound friends.

The second thing I fell in love with was the college itself. I’m thrilled to be working in the Admissions Office, where I get to interact daily with current students, prospective students and their parents, and members of the wider college community. I love the sense of vitality and collaboration that permeates the campus. I love the trust that the administration holds for its students (Art Rental, anyone?) and the deep respect and camaraderie that the students share with each other. The opportunities for growth are limitless here, and I adore hearing about the myriad ways that students teach each other, learn from their experiences, and plan to transform the world. There’s always something new to learn about, from student-run theater productions to new sustainability initiatives in the AJLC to international research opportunities available to students over winter term.

Living right by campus, where our students zoom by on their bicycles and even run a bike co-op, has reminded me that there is one shrieking gap in my education: I’ve yet to learn how to ride a bike! My colleagues assure me I’m in the right place. After all, where better to learn than the gorgeous tree-lined streets and fields of Oberlin?

So if you happen to visit campus some warm spring day, I’ll be the admissions rep sprawled out on Tappan Square, having dumped myself off a borrowed bike, laughing anyway and pointing enthusiastically at the clouds. Come over and say hi!

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Ask An Obie: Spring 2017 Virtual Panels!

The Spring 2017 Virtual Panels are on their way!

echoes across fault lines

My shifting thoughts over the last two weeks, with an eye to the coming admissions cycle.

The Fall 2016 Virtual Panels!

Have any questions about Oberlin? Ask your questions and we'll get to them in one of the three virtual panels we're hosting this fall!

Circles in Time and Travel: a Reflection

The universe has funny ways of inviting us to reconnect with ourselves, especially when we're far from home.

All Roads Lead to Oberlin: A Guide

All Roads gives you a lot to pack into one day. Here are a few suggestions for navigating the program!

The April 2016 Virtual Panels!

April is about you choosing which college to attend, and the virtual panels are a way for you to ask questions of current Obies about life at Oberlin!

Anatomy of a Prank

How Admissions handles Travel Season: pranks.

On Making Space: Pie and Other Quiet Truths

This is not so much a reminder to be good to yourself as it is a call to action: go read Fangirl! (With a side of pie.)

The Fall 2015 Virtual Panels!

The fall 2015 virtual student panels are here! Get your questions ready!

Coming Home: A Reflection on International Travel

So if studying in the US is just one of many options for international students, and the liberal arts is a subset of those options, and Oberlin is an even smaller choice within those already narrow decision frameworks... Well, why do I do what I do?

Interview Bingo!

It's interview season! Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you walk into your college interview.

GUEST POST: The Lost Shops of Oberlin

Eoin looks back at the Oberlin of his childhood.

GUEST POST: Amanda on the Oberlin Social Dance Scene

Amanda leads you through the social dance opportunities at Oberlin!

GUEST POST: Caitrin's Downtown Brunch Picks

Caitrin ranks the downtown brunch offerings and advises you on menu choices. Mmmm.

GUEST POST: Matt's Guide to Jazz at Oberlin

With the help of a new friend, Matt presents his guide to jazz at Oberlin!

GUEST POST: Sam's take on what makes an Obie an Obie

Sam, a varsity athlete, reflects on what drew him to Oberlin, and what he sees as a unifying quality of Obies across the board.

GUEST POST: Caitrin's Dos and Don'ts for the Oberlin Winter

Caitrin's winter survival guide: make yourself some hot chocolate and read up!

GUEST POST: Liz Hui on the Summer Campus Visit

Liz Hui, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions, offers some tips on planning a great summer college tour!

GUEST POST: Eoin's Seven Wonders of Oberlin

Eoin, who grew up in Oberlin, lists his top seven hidden gems of Oberlin. Explore away!

GUEST POST: Amanda's Getaway Spots

Looking for a quiet place to hang out? Amanda's got you covered.

Introducing our Summer 2015 Admissions Interns!

Meet our six summer interns!

GUEST POST: Chul & Sarah's Nap Blog

Working your way up to professional napper status? Chul and Sarah tell you where to catch your midday Zzzzzs!

Reaching High & Reaching Back

What do Oberlin, FLOTUS, and Martin Luther King, Jr have in common?

A Few Thoughts on the Waitlist

The waitlist is exactly what it sounds like: a wait. And you can make that waiting useful.

Got questions for current Oberlin students?

Our spring virtual student panels are here!!

Top 5 Emailed Questions: Fall 2014 Edition

Here goes, the top 5 emailed questions we received in fall 2014!

QuestBridge: What's Next?

On December 3rd, we will host a virtual informational session for QuestBridge applicants considering the next steps in their application process.

Top 5 Emailed Questions from International Students

In the lead-up to our Early Decision deadline, I wanted to address some of the frequently asked questions we get from international students.

GUEST POST: Business Bike Travel: Two wheels and a dream

Guest Blogger Kris Surovjak details how she reduced her environmental impact during this fall's travel season by renting a bike and biking across the Pacific Northwest.

An Admissions-Sized Surprise: Part II

I had this crazy idea that, while I was in Texas traveling for the admissions office, I could meet up with the second graders' teacher and see if there was any kind of encouragement Oberlin could provide for her students.

Presenting the Fall 2014 Virtual Panels!

This fall, we're hosting four separate virtual panels on the Oberlin student experience so you learn directly from current students what it means to be an Obie!

My Oberlin Family Dinner

The Oberlin Family Dinner was never meant to end at the recipes. Food is, at its most honest heart, something to be shared.

An Admissions-Sized Surprise

Last year, I received an email from two Texas elementary school teachers, asking for materials for their classroom. I sent things with lots of pictures, and thought I was done.

Some Thoughts at Semester's End

Grab at the opportunities before you; charge forward to meet them. Invest in the people around you. The magic is in the relationships you build.

Keep Reaching

The lead-up to May 1st is preparation for home-building. The next four years, wherever they may take you, are about solidifying that fit and that feeling of belonging.

The Short Essay: A 200 Word Challenge

Intention is important to me as a reader, and nothing clues me in to that as much as your Extracurricular Activity essay.

Bring on Reading Season! (And a note on Early Decision)

Once Halloween passes and stores start stocking their oranges-and-browns or reds-and-greens, my mind turns to the crisp promise of a newly opened application.

On the Liberal Arts

And then, in unison: "What we want to know is, what is the value of a liberal arts degree?"

The Eve of Travel Season

The admissions process can feel like it is never-ending, but I love the adventure of it: next year, who knows where you'll be and who your best friends will be, and which clubs you'll have joined or founded?

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