The Ethos Of Obies

Overview:

Oberlin requires an extra measure of dedication - a special quality in its students - that makes us a perfect match for some, but not right for everyone. For students engaged in the world around - students who want to know answers to important questions, students who want to create great works, and students who want to better the lives of others with their knowledge - Oberlin is a wonderful place. Oberlin is not for students who want to simply "have their tickets punched," or view studies as a chore to be accomplished with as little fuss as possible.

Because Oberlin operates on a high academic level, it requires significant intellectual ability on the part of its students. A strong performance in high school in a full range of challenging courses is essential preparation for the academic demands here. And yes, Oberlin students tend to do well on the ACT and SAT tests.

However, in considering applications, the Admissions Committee looks for more than a mere numerical package of grades and scores. It looks for bright students who have shown a special commitment to something beyond themselves - to their local community, to their school environment, to a special research project. Oberlin students pursue their educations as broadly as possible and rarely confine themselves to mere book learning. The admissions committee seeks to identify those individuals who will embrace - and contribute to - the Oberlin community.

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You Could Probably Hide a Small Elephant in Our Pile of Sweaters

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I Try...Sophomore Year?

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You Can Take the Girls Out of Oberlin...

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A Bit About the Oberlin Experience — Virtually!

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Ol' Father Time & I: Advice From the Halfway Line

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Oberlin, Part I

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The Molar Vortex

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3:5 Reflections on Another Semester Down

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Snowbody Likes the Person Who's Done First

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We'll have Thanksgiving after all

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On Being Back: Part II

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On the Liberal Arts

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Blogger Sense

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The Eve of Travel Season

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Steal Like an Artist

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March 4th, cont.

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How to Make Friends in College

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Fears. Moms. Advice. All of the Above.

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Spring Semester in Review

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Oberlin Superlatives

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Over-stimulation

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Red Cup, Blue Cup...Purple Cup

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Impressions from a Yalie

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One Big Motrin

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Community Energy

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Moving Forward : On Identity, Privilege and Constructive Dialogue

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A not-so-typical Monday in Oberlin

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You had a class with someone famous?!

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Between the Covers

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What I'm Thankful For Redux

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Interfaith Service: Success!

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Stop Hunger Now

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Join Our Family

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Or, what #SoMeXco is all about and how our project is going to legit rock the world this weekend.

Urdu for the Frustrated English Speaker's Soul

posted by Margaret Saunders '16 | Did you know that in Urdu, there are at least two different ways of pronouncing 'th'? That English speakers are almost physically incapable of deepening their d's?

Everyone has an Oberlin story

posted by Karalyn Grimes '16 | I tell you the story of how I came to be a student at Oberlin. And I want to hear yours too!

Campaign Bites

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Family

posted by Griff Radulski '14 | My summer left me wanting a word that spans millennia. I need to talk about my brothers and sisters who populate the biosphere, who live lives beyond human knowing and become sediment when they die.

So, you live together?

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Broaching that scary subject of co-ed living. Fact: it was the greatest thing to ever happen to me.

ObiEager Video Contest

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | The summer video contest by the class of 2016 shocks, awes, and makes this social media coordinator bouncy with excitement that orientation is just a few weeks away!

Oberlin Etiquette

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Remember, the cardinal rule of politeness is to make the other person comfortable. In some situations, this calls for dressing up and shaking hands. In others, it consists of yelling and backslapping. Among Klingons, you say whatever's on your mind and be prepared to back up your words in battle if necessary. And so on.

Meet Oliver. He Needs Your Help.

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Farewell to Oberlin, Part II, AKA 'Unlisted, Part II'

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | For now, gather round the campfire for the last of Uncle Joe's Story Times.

Obie Talk

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | Oberlin's dirty secret, and why it must be stopped.

Spring Break with President Clinton. But first, Hunger Games

posted by Simbarashe Runyowa '15 | The Clinton Global Initiative brought together over 1000 students, social entrepreneurs, and changemakers from around the world to Washington, DC, this weekend. But first, thoughts on the Hunger Games.

Winter Wrap-Up

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | The time has come to welcome Spring! Oberlin's recent good weather has made the campus even more beautiful than usual. Green is on my mind in another way, too, as my ecopsychology research intersects with Ecolympics, Oberlin's resource-use reduction competition.

In Which I Become Charlotte and Build a Web

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | This will probably be a first post of many discussing the most terrifying word in an Oberlin student/young alum's vocabulary: networking.

With Love from the Delightful Family

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | In which my Oberlin family and I team up to send you a slightly belated valentine.

I Wanna Weave You A Sweater

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | ...I wanna write you a (winter term) blog post. That's how the song goes, right?

Feedback

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | With some pretty provocative pictures inside...

No Acorn Unturned

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I have been told that if you see a white squirrel on an Oberlin tour, it's good luck. I never went on a tour as a pre-Obie, but I know that seeing one (or five!) in Tappan Square truly makes my day every time.

Calms-giving

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Obies just make Thanksgiving better. I think that might sum up this entire post in one sentence.

Ethics and E-readers

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | The dilemma I am attempting to resolve is whether or not I should buy an e-reader, and, if I get one, what kind I should get. This might seem like an oddly personal and peripheral topic, but it is not. I tell you now, without any exaggeration whatsoever, that my dithering represents the struggles of our society's collective conscience.

Flight of Passage

posted by Jacob Lamoureux '12 | Ain't it funny how the night moves? And the day? And the weeks?

Womberlin

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | The womb chair, taken on the macro-scale, is an analogy for the soft, supportive, wonderful, dreamy bubble of Oberlin.

From Africa to America: Bridging the Cultural Divide

posted by Simbarashe Runyowa '15 | On many an occasion during and after orientation when I have had to introduce myself, I have encountered a number of interesting scenarios in which my first name ignited a hilarious chain of events.

Knowing Me, Knowing You

posted by Emily Wilkerson '15 | A brief introduction to me, for you.

A Watcher of Things

posted by Eleanor Bronder-Major '15 | Or, why calculus is not for me.

On an Empty Oberlin and NaNoWriMo

posted by Alanna Bennett '13 | I made the choice to stay on campus this fall break, partly to decompress from midterms and gear up for the next half of the semester, and partly just to embrace that deceptive stillness.

The Enchanted Alumni Forest

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I am learning to fully embrace my membership to an exclusive 40,000 person club.

Get Your Swag On

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | We may not wear our Oberlin pride as sleeve tattoos, but we will drape them on our torsos in a wide array of colors and designs.

What does Oberlin sound like?

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | An attempt to collect my own personal (and your!) Oberanthems. Full of music and playlists!

100 Awesome Amazing Fantabulous Things

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I'm celebrating my 100th blog post on the Oberlin blogs, which includes a FABULOUS CONTEST with a sweet prize.

This is the first year of the rest of your lives

posted by Chinwe Okona '13 | Your parents aren't lying, college IS the bee's knees and all that. I'm just making sure you start it off right, okay!?

Show Us Your Enthusiasm!

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | The class of 2015 made us such awesome videos demonstrating their enthusiasm for Oberlin. Watch them!

How to Save Money in College

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Yes, college is expensive, but you have some control over how expensive.

Oberlin Fool

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | In which entomology and creativity meet for a three-part manifesto on foolish things.

A Long, Bumpy Road: My Journey to Oberlin

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | Several people have blogged about their journeys to Oberlin. I've decided to add myself to this ever-growing list. Partly because my journey was not what some of you might expect and partly because I've avoided telling this story in its entirety for far too long.

The Heart Collector

posted by Christine Chang '13 | "When did you come home?" she asked. "When I say home I mean back to Oberlin." And I thought, yes, it is in fact home.

Five Years

posted by Harris Lapiroff '10 | In five years, how am I changed?

On Friendship

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | In which I attempt to share my glorious friends with the world.

Reimagining Utensils

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | In which I embrace my future as a possible spoon player in a bluegrass band (though it's still more likely that I will be a teacher).

Hitting the Nail on the Head

posted by Prof. Steve Volk | I always enjoy hearing Oberlin mentioned in the news, even the fake news, but I was particularly pleased with this Daily Show moment.

Birthdays

posted by Brandi Ferrebee '10 | A series of vignettes on my Oberlin birthdays.

New Year's - Pride and Resolution

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | New Year's with Obies, and a year-end list of things I am proud of from the past year (with related links) and resolutions for a new year.

On Study Breaks: Fun, Delicious, Necessary

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | During finals, study breaks are most necessary. Sometimes they're planned, sometimes they're surprises, but they're always welcome.

Finals survival guide

posted by Patrick Doherty '11 | There's nothing like listening to "Just Dance" on repeat to get up the energy to pump out the last few pages of a paper.

A Very Fierce Thanksgiving

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | A post and a toast to families away from families: Thanksgiving is what you make of it. Or make for it.

On Bikes and Brothers

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Brothers (and bikes) are pretty cool. I'm very glad I have both.

Yet Another Open Letter

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Another open letter to my family: being a big kid is eye-opening and good. Much love-profession enclosed.

Unstructured

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | I did a lot of stuff in my first year of college, activities that people usually don't get into until their later years. But more relaxed involvement takes me longer--it is, in fact, my big goal for this year.

Where I Am

posted by Harris Lapiroff '10 | Zooming in and zooming out.

Graying

posted by Will Mason '10 | Thoughts on a tough summer job, watching my friends graduate from a remove, and feeling old.

Facing the Facebook Facts

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Facebook isn't how college will be, but it'll still be your one of your favorite procrastination devices when you get there.

via Las Vegas

posted by Harris Lapiroff '10 | On coming home.

Tacky the Penguin and Other Stories

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | With this Oberlin story (with penguins!) in my possession, I had to share it with everyone. I put out an all-call on Twitter and Facebook whenever I was sitting in the library working and knew that people needed a distraction.

"What are you?"

posted by Karl Orozco '13 | What being a Filipino American has meant to me.

The Hipster School?

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | On stereotypes, underlying truths, how college is different from high school, and why we are (and aren't) a hipster school.

The Kentucky Trek: A Post-Grad Tale of Repeats

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | When my dad graduated from Oberlin, he went to Kentucky with several recent alums and set up permanent camp on several tracts of farmland in Hart County, Kentucky. When I graduated from Oberlin, I went on a two-week trek with my family to my old Kentucky home. For me, memory lane is paved in green.

Scary Things, and why Fearlessness would probably suck.

posted by Abby Ryder-Huth '13 | On the truth behind Fearlessness, and why freshman year is not a fearless time. Also includes: Sex and The City 2 spoilers, chasing a hen, and the best American film scene ever.

This is how the year ends:

posted by Abby Ryder-Huth '13 | Dear Oberlin, please come back. Love, Abby

OCircus: Now (on my blog) in Technicolor!

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Four shows over two days is a big ole exhausting run, but we got the show down to an art form. It was gorgeous. (Many pictures for your enjoyment inside!)

Hello!

posted by Abby Ryder-Huth '13 | This being my first Oberlin blog entry and all, perhaps some introductions are in order.

Key Moments (a senior getting sentimental)

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | Times in recent memory where my brain has screamed I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW LUCKY I AM TO GO HERE

The Only Cure is More Oberlin!

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Some advice from a student who wished she could have visited Oberlin during All Roads and has subsequently enjoyed every All Roads since follows here.

Give Me A Break: Another NYC Adventure

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | This New York spring break was defined by seeing as many Oberlin things in the real world, to complement bringing as many Oberlin things with me on breaks. In this post: The Allen Art Museum at the Met, an alumni musical revue, the Obertones in Washington Square Park, and many photos!

In Defense of Oberlin

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | As part Oberlin public relations obsessor, part awesome big sister, I made beautiful detailed schedules that kept Ben busy and experiencing all the best things Oberlin had going on this weekend.

April Fools!

posted by Elizabeth Houston '06, Admissions | In a 4-1 vote, leaders of the universe this morning elected current Oberlin College president Marvin Krislov to the post of Supreme Leader of the Cosmos.

Building a magazine from the ground up

posted by Sam Jewler '10 | I spent the last two years of my life learning journalism at the Oberlin Review. But the time came for change, and now I've used what I learned there to help create a new environmental magazine at Oberlin.

An Open Letter to My Parents (and Ben)

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I've been feeling introspective (as well as a bit distant as a result of way too many missed phone calls and opportunities to talk to my family) so I composed this open letter of realizations and thanks to my family.

Classy Last Semester

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | A rundown of my final semester of classes... featuring lots of amazing things. Movies! More movies! Things that involve cinema and not necessarily movies!

Food and Fashion, Oh My: Winter Term Roundup

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I finished off my Winter Term with a foodie flourish and a fashion show... lots of photos included!

Talk to Me

posted by Marsha Lynn Bragg | This experience taught me that new and improved doesn't mean it's better. Faster is not always efficient. Cool is not always pertinent. Flashy can simply be annoying.

Why Go to Washington? Mr. President Comes to Lorain!

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | On Friday, January 22nd, I saw Barack Obama, much like Mr. Hedgehog of Striking Viking Story Pirates fame. Words to describe this experience: cold, line-y, hilarious, inspiring, cameratastic, fan-tastic, fun-tastic.

Mr. Hedgehog Saw Barack Obama!

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | What did Obama do? He brought people together, not just the diverse group at the Stocker Center this afternoon, but two very alike people who had never talked before as well.

Action and Talking

posted by Sam Jewler '10 | What's the right way to protest when the stakes are highest? From Vietnam to climate change, Obies are constantly testing the boundaries of this question.

Alcohol

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | "My manager told me, Mitch, don't use alcohol as a crutch. I can't use alcohol as a crutch because a crutch is something that helps me walk. Alcohol severely f____ up the way I walk. It's more like the step I didn't see." --Mitch Hedberg

Snow! Finals! Fun!

posted by Tess Yanisch '13 | Plus a note on ObieTalk, which was written last and comes first, because it's most helpful to you prospies.

A Very Steampunk Thanksgiving!

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | At Oberlin, my friends are my family. They're all different: what they look like, what they care about, where they're from. But they're my people.

When nature calls, students organize. Part 2.

posted by Sam Jewler '10 | Then a woman in the front row stood up. She was sobbing. The Lieutenant Governor couldn't ignore her emotional plea.

Oberlin > Harvard.

posted by Alicia Smith '10 | US News and World Report is not the Bible.

The end of summer, travel season, and other musings

posted by Farah Emeka '97, Admissions | And of course, what did I find at the top of Black Butte mountain?--well... crazy aggressive chipmunks and a fellow Obie.

Spinnin' in the City

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | As it is this wonderful tradition to bring as much as possible of Oberlin to New York, I implemented a plan last fall to bring as much of OCircus! to New York as possible. In this post: Circus! Photos! Autumn!

The Fun Part

posted by Will Mason '10 | On performing at CMJ over fall break

Back Home

posted by Isaac Yoder '13 | Isaac reflects on his first impressions of Oberlin after flying back home for fall break--only to find that his real home is at Oberlin. Awww.

Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me...

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | ...but it wouldn't have mattered because I probably wouldn't have listened anyways.

Semi-Productive Procrastination

posted by John West '10 | In this post: whining, zingers, too many words, neuroses, a moral, unplayable atonal blah blah blah, a payoff for those who wade through 900-odd words.

The Orientation Engine Has Left the Station

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | As I mentioned before, I was back early as an academic ambassador, a friendly, name-tag-emblazoned helpful upperclassman to help the overwhelmed freshmen during their first academic duties. Other than the perk of arriving back on campus early, I got to meet a number of extraordinary new students.

All the world's a stage

posted by Prof. David Walker '72 | On theater, travel, and the Oberlin connection.

A Happy Medium

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | Sure, there are a few bloodthirsty, ambitious climbers at Oberlin, and a few deadbeats content to coast on their parents' funds, but the majority have found a healthy middle path.

It's an Obie world after all

posted by Leslie Braat, Admissions | I headed to a small coffee shop and discovered that it really is an Obie world after all.

Life After Oberlin: New Blog

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | Think of it as essentially this blog (more long-form stories, anecdotes, photos), but with a slightly different focus. Now that I have graduated from my dear alma mater, I figured it was time to branch out a little on my own.

Recipes for Summertime, Part One

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | No matter how far away you go from Oberlin, you're still going to crave it.

Have Diploma, Will Travel (Back to College?)

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | It turns out that for a pair of liberal college campuses, both boasting large feeder populations from elite(ist) NYC high schools, Cornell and Oberlin couldn't be more different.

"Snazzy" "Spicy" "Somnambulist" Sandwiches: Hot & Made to Order

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I've been working at the Decafe ever since, my hours fluctuating every semester, but I still keep signing up for hours because I truly love working there. I love playing with food, I love making people happy with their food, and I love being creative. And here is where the adjective sandwiches come in.

Graduation: Suits, Sundresses and Speeches!

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | Say "commencement" and I think of the iconic hats in the air, traditions, pomp and circumstance, formality... But Oberlin students don't really DO traditional.

I've Commenced.

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | Holding that cap in my hands again this weekend and reading that message made me feel like I was getting hugged by my 17-year-old self.

We Are the Hand Claps

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | If there is one thing I learned how to do better at Oberlin that wasn't advertised at first was that I am now very good at applause.

Oberlin: Enter the Classifieds

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | Oberlin students have a certain spark. It's not snark or cynicism, it's more of a slightly pointed... silliness. Weird implies non-functionality; uniqueness is too bland. Eccentric? Zany? Jaunty? Quirky? .... Does anyone have a word for us?

Crossed up

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | Why is it a concession stand? What exactly are you conceding? Except common sense in what a slice of damn pizza should cost.

Getting Lucky in Kentucky (Part II)

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | The experience served to strengthen my conviction as an omnivore and made me truly realize the importance of the hunter-gatherer culture that had been passed down by our forebears. It didn't hurt that the chicken was also some of the best I had ever eaten.

Getting Lucky in Kentucky

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | If someone told me six months ago that for spring break of my senior year I would be living on a farm in rural Kentucky for nine days with scarcely any internet or phone and sharing a room with eleven people I had never met before, I would have laughed in their face. All I can say is what a difference a week makes.

That Last Day Before Break

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | You know that one, the one where you're scrambling to get things done and say goodbye to everyone, and y'know, pack? I like that day, but I don't.

Mammoth Cave: the longest entry in the world.

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | Spring break in Mammoth Cave! Featuring: flutes, food, camping, kodama, hiking and super-cool people.

The Post post

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | I love warm weather. Everything feels better when you can walk out the front door and realize you're wearing too many layers.

Work it, dance it, write it.

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | Some people speak Spanish, French, Chinese. My friends speak Science. If I didn't speak at least some pidgin Science, I couldn't understand them at all.

Professor Plaut's Office Hours

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Personally, I was completely terrified of the concept of office hours my freshman year. The professors were amazing and awesome and being in the same room as them one-on-one just seemed like a god-given experience, something not worthy of a lowly freshman. So, baby steps.

Contingency, Irony and Solidarity

posted by Max Strasser '09 | A rather esoteric blog post in which I discuss postmodernism, historiography, the Middle East, new professors, great professors, and the true beauty of a liberal arts education.

Double or Triple Major Madness

posted by Prof. Sebastiaan Faber | Why do so many Oberlin students double or triple major? I really want to know.

Intellectual Community

posted by Prof. Sebastiaan Faber | My colleagues and I looked at each other in astonishment. No, we mumbled almost apologetically, we're sorry, but that is not a problem we tend to have.

The Long Road Home

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | Tomorrow will be my first opportunity to listen to my completed mix, The Long Road Home. That last leg that seems to last oh-so-long will be much quicker this time.

A Start of a Winter Term in the Big Gritty

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | So, when everyone started talking about their plans for winter term in that "I'm really trying to avoid my finals work so I'm going to talk to many people I haven't talked to much this semester" time in December, I had a great name to toss into conversation, even if I didn't really know what I'd be doing yet.

A Resolution of an Oberlin Student

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I've been running this entire last year on pure adrenaline. I know why, though, and it's because the life of an artist is a long and penniless road.

The Long Road to a Graduation Speech

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | I don't know what it is about giving a speech that makes it so affecting, its ability to connect with and instill hope and pride in the hearts of listeners. All I knew at the time was that it was something I had to experience doing.

That four letter word

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | I know your parents don't want to hear this, but Oberlin students use a bunch of dirty language. One of our favorites is work.

Driving Home: Midwestern Pride

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | Once people get over the novelty of Dorothy jokes and tornado questions - inevitable, I've learned, when I'm outside of my home state and meeting new people - it's actually pretty cool to be from somewhere unusual. Especially when I get the opportunity to share my hometown and state with other Obies, many of whom have never even been so far west.

On Finding My Way To Oberlin... Twice

posted by Ben Jones '96 | I've been having fun reading about everyone else's paths to Oberlin, so I thought I'd throw my own story into the mix.

It's a Problem of Nomenclature

posted by John West '10 | I think a die a little bit every time someone uses the word Obie to describe a person who goes to Oberlin (as in: We Obies love to hate things). I think The Grape--one of Oberlin College's many publications--described the word as (and I'm paraphrasing here) "used only by The Review and the Admissions Department."

Wandering around Tigre

posted by Chris Gollmar '10 | A couple days ago, I decided that I would take advantage of all of the free time I have on my hands and set out to Tigre, a city located in the delta of the Paraná River, a half-hour train ride from downtown Buenos Aires. I got lost exploring the island, but it was worth it.

What I'm Thankful For

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | Dear Obies: Yes We Did.

A Very Oberlin Thanksgiving

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | During fall orientation, while moving all my belongings from storage to my room, I got a phone call inviting me to Thanksgiving. And due to the sheer wonderfulness of this family, and their foresight, I accepted. I knew that my Thanksgiving would feel like home with the Albrechts.

The Homes Away From Home

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | It smelled of summers, winters and places I thought of as home too, though she and I only had Oberlin in common.

Once upon a time in Stevenson dining hall,

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | We went back and forth for quite some time, coming up with quality lines for the ladies, and some lame ones as well.

Notes on an Election

posted by John West '10 | So, yes, I'm eschewing that obligatory hello my name is John. I'm a blogger. I'm really cool. Here's some stuff about me post, at least for the time being. Bios are dreadfully difficult to write, and, though my fellow bloggers have been covering Oberlin's reaction to this latest election pretty darn well, I figured I might as well add my two cents.

In which I couch my indescribable joy with anxious trepidation

posted by Will Mason '10 | Like most people in America (I gather), I thought Obama was going to win but also was distrustful enough of my fellow citizens that I had to wait until it was announced on the news to believe it.

Indoctrination

posted by Max Strasser '09 | "Professors' Liberalism Contagious? Maybe not." -New York Times "Am I supposed to be surprised? No." -Me

Special Topics in Environmental Frustration

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | When confronted with wastefulness and hostility, what's an Obie to do? It ain't easy being green...

We Are Oberlin: Busy

posted by Will Mason '10 | Find out more about the catch phrase sweeping campus.

Marvin Krislov defends democracy!

posted by Max Strasser '09 | I somehow missed this in the Washington Post on Saturday, but it's exciting: Our own Marvin Krislov, Oberlin College's president, wrote an op-ed about voting rights for students.

Going Green

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | My packed day of activities this weekend was a perfect example of Oberlin's environmentalism, and I'm glad there were a ton of prospective students (aka prospies) here to see them.

SWM, NS, likes long walks on the beach

posted by Will Mason '10 | I'd like to use this post as an opportunity to further introduce myself (past the perfunctory greeting and awkward head shot provided by my profile).

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