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This is my 100th (whattttt) Oberlin blog post! OH MY.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I planned this post for months. I decided two things: to have a contest, and to have the COOLEST blog post to date.

When it came to writing, I planned to tell you guys 100 things I loved about Oberlin. I managed to list all 100 and began writing commentary on each, but after just 25 of them, I realized it was too long. And I don't want to do that to you. That writing won't be in vain, though, there's a bunch of good stuff for future posts there.

I ended up veering an entirely different direction, and instead, this post is a compilation of 100 adjectives to describe Oberlin. There are few things I love more than adjectives. They are by far my favorite part of speech. I inject them into conversation and writing at an alarming rate. I make up new ones. And most importantly, I make sandwiches out of them. (I even made a website for them :D).

I can't write a post about adjectives to describe Oberlin without mentioning that we tried this once before. To be noted, I was the last class to come in with the motto "Think one person can change the world? So do we." The very next application cycle was deemed the first "We are Oberlin: Fearless" class, which spawned far more commentary (see also Brandi's blog entitled "We are Oberlin: [Insert Adjective Here]"), dissent, and parodies than ever imagined. My friend and former housemate Chris created We are Oberlin: Fear Us shirts on Zazzle and were sported around campus by a handful of people. NPR came to campus and interviewed students (including me!) on our perspectives on the new motto.

I don't believe that a school needs a motto, but I understand that it may make things easier at times. And I do believe that Oberlin is far too complex and huge and means so many things to so many people that we can't try and define it in just one word. What a complicated thing. It was sort of a mess, but it's also not here anymore. Whew.

So, in that light, I give you (my) 100 adjectives for Oberlin. Enjoy!

(WAIT MA'AYAN WAIT. Where's my contest? I wanna win cool stuff!)

Right! A totally awesome contest!

For the 100th commenter to either a.) co-op knock to any one or many of my listed adjective that you like and/or b.) add to my list of 100 adjectives to describe Oberlin, you will receive a framed photographic print of your choice, from my way too extenstive collection of Oberlin-related photos.

I realize 100 comments is a tall order, but I believe in you, dear readers. Lists are fun! So are prizes! And comments. Also adjectives.


- Only one comment per day per person (I'll know, guys. I have my ways.)
- No repeat comments (as in, you must knock to something new or add another adjective to the list each time).
- You must input a valid email address (I need to know who to contact as the lucky winner!). Any comment without an email address will not be counted towards the 100 comments.
- No meanness, no slurs, and nothing you wouldn't want your or my parents to hear (hi my parents and Ben!).

And now, we adjective!

1. First. See also: our historical precedent for admitting women and having a policy to accept students of any background.

2. Cooperative. See also: OSCA.

3. Scientific. See also: the science center.

4. Conscious. See also: the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, co-op discussions.

5. Contentious. See also: the history of the Anti-Saloon league.

6. Active. See also: our gym.

7. Beautiful. See also: all of campus!

8. Musical. See also: the conservatory, or any day in the Cat in the Cream, Finney Chapel, Warner Concert Hall, Kulas Recital Hall, Fairchild Chapel...

9. Performative. See also: OMTA, OSTA, our dance collectives, junior and senior recitals, the theater and dance department.

10. Dreamy. See also: students sleeping in womb chairs.

11. Creative. See also: the art/cinema studies/dance/etc. departments, the Oberlin apparel challenge..

12. Restless. See also: the Watson Fellowship.

13. Perspicacious. See also: our desire to change the world.

14. Emotional. See also: the range of laughter to tears to tears of laughter I encountered (with pleasure!) over my four years here.

15. Thoughtful. See also: the number of alumni who go on to earn advanced degrees.

16. Artistic. See also: the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

17. Theatrical. See also: Hall Auditorium, Little Theater, and Wilder Main.

18. Snowy. See also: December through March.

19. Historical. See also: Our role in the Civil War.

20. Progressive. See also: this Oberlin Review article from 1997.

21. Passionate. See also: the staggering amount of original research and projects produced by all levels of students.

22. Huggable. See also: my friends (and maybe your friends, too!).

23. Theoretical. See also: our sprawling discussions of all things under the sun.

24. Brilliant. See also: our professors.

25. Odd. See also: the year Oberlin (college and town) were founded (1833).

26. Flexible. See also: the tumbling club and Oberlin College aerialists, some really creative class schedules.

27. Dirty. See also: the rugby teams.

28. Verbose. See also: the number of on-the-air alumni on NPR and affiliated stations.

29. Quiet. See also: quiet hours in dorms so we can get our beauty sleep.

30. Overwhelmed. See also: 500+ concerts every year!

31. Far-flung. See also: all of my friends after graduation.

32. Worldly. See also: the number of students or alumni who go international for internships, winter term, fellowships, jobs, or their future lives.

33. Epic. See also: the campus scream at midnight before finals begin.

34. Weathered. See also: all of northeastern Ohio.

35. Studious. See also: Mudd during midterms, reading period, and finals. And also the rest of the year.

36. Fun loving. See also: The Big Parade, study breaks.

37. Protested. See also: the Vietnam years, our recent representation at the G-20 protests and mountain top coal removal activism.

38. Vegetarian/Vegan. See also: Fairkid and Harkness co-ops.

39. Athletic. See also: our 22 Division III varsity teams and our myriad club and intramural sports.

40. Storied. See also: the Oberlin Stories Project.

41. Flanneled. See also: Aries' blog post.

42. Impressive. See also: our New York Times articles on SEED house and Oberlin apparel!

43. Edible. See also: the Oberlin Farmers Market, George Jones Farm, and the garden behind Harkness.

44. Sunny. See also: our dispositions.

45. Tuned in. See also: WOBC.

46. Wired. See also: our wireless coverage around campus, our numerous computers/computer labs.

47. Voracious. See also: co-op special meals.

48. Dapper. See also: a number of my sweater-vested, non-ironic tie-wearing friends.

49. Ebullient. See also: most any Obie describing a project driven by a class, professor, or idea nourished at Oberlin.

50. Loud. See also: the audience when someone amazing walks out on the Finney stage (or leaves and we cheer them back in).

51. Mikado yellow and crimson. See also: our school colors.

52. Land-loving. See also: the George Jones farm, a recurring interest in creating community gardens, napping students in North Quad and Wilder Bowl.

53. Exploratory. See also: our science labs, the Peters observatory, the outings club.

54. Healthy. See also: The Center for Leadership in Health Promotion, Active Minds, and the Sexual Information Center.

55. Experimental. See also: ExCos.

57. Ambitious. See also: the number of "majors plus" here (double/triple majors, minors, concentrations).

58. Entreprenurial. See also: the Creativity and Leadership program.

59. Twirly. See also: contra and swing dances.

60. Recycled. See also: the Recycled Products Co-op, the Big Swap, and the free store.

61. Smiley. See also: practically everyone you pass on the street.

62. World-traipsing. See also: our study abroad program.

63. Magnetic. See also: the sheer number of Obies I have randomly run into because of wearing an Oberlin shirt.

64. Hot. See also: Oberlin in the summertime, what happens when you wear all your winter clothes into a heated classroom.

65. Gorgeous. See also: Oberlin in every season.

66. Well-read. See also: our 2.2 million books between our four libraries.

67. Well-written. See also: our awesome alumni writers like William Goldman, Lisa Abend, James McBride, Michael Dirda, Ishmael Beah, Tracy Chevalier, Donald Sobol...

68. Gender-bending. See also: Drag Ball.

69. Jazzy. See also: the Kohl Building for Jazz Studies, the Cat in the Cream on Friday afternoons.

70. Sustainable. See also: Robert L. Kahn Hall, sustainability hall in Burton, SEED house.

71. Improvised. See also: The Semi-Automatic Players, Primitive Streak, the Sunshine Scouts, OBehave.

72. Energetic. See also: Wilder Bowl on a Friday afternoon.

73. Exuberant. See also: a conservatory student in the middle of a performance, a circus performer in the middle of a great trick.

74. Green. See also: Oberlin in the spring, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies.

75. Sexual. See also: the SIC and Safer Sex Week.

76. Directed. See also: at least one play or musical per week during the semester.

77. Zen. See also: the meditation rooms in Wilder.

78. Inquisitive. See also: alumni Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, creators of Radiolab.

79. Coherent. See also: the number of in-class presentations given every semester.

80. Traditional. See also: Illumination during commencement, The Oberlin Review.

81. Connected. See also: the number of incredible people who return every year for reunions (or whenever, actually).

82. Generational. See also: the more than two dozen incoming first-years each year who had at least one parent attend Oberlin.

83. Fearless. See also: this video.

84. Fearful. See also: the future.

85. Rocking. See also: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, that one drummer from the Mars Volta, every student band created here.

86. Enthusiastic. See also: this entire blog post about the enthusiastic class of 2015.

87. Playful. See also: cuddle puddles in Wilder Bowl, TGIF.

88. High flying. See also: the Oberlin College Aerialists.

89. Sleepy.See also: Mudd during finals.

90. Awkward. See also: this shirt.

91. Diverse. See also: the Multicultural Resource Center, the Social Justice Institute.

92. Intense. See also: OCircus and the outings club. (You see what I did there?)

93. Driven. See also: our dozens of yearly grant and fellowship winners.

94. Cyclical. See also: our sheer number of bicycle wheels on campus.

95. Photogenic. See also: the Oberlin poster.

96. Fierce. See also: Fiercegiving.

97. Danceable. See also: the 'Sco, the Argentine Tango/swing/blues/jazz/tap/modern ExCos, the dance department.

98. Quirky. See also: the Neofuturists, a improv and performance collective in Chicago that was started in Harkness co-op by alum Greg Allen.

99. Shareable. See also: the bike co-op, our car sharing program.

100. Delicious. See also: adjective sandwiches!


There ya go, guys! 100 posts, 100 adjectives, and now, 100 comments! GO GO GO.

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{ Responses To This Entry }

44. Also see. Also 74

By win, does that mean you will come visit your best friend who lives all the way in DC? That would be a pretty great prize.

Oberlin-type adjectives you may need: heteronormative (self-explanatory), weird (self-explanatory)... wait these are adjectives used rather than positive ones to describe Oberlin.

Yeah 96 works for me too.


Posted by: Sandhya on August 1, 2011 8:46 PM

91 knock so hard. Diverse is the first word that I ever use to describe Oberlin.

Posted by: Seán Hanson on August 1, 2011 9:39 PM

A knock for 93. Hardest working people I've ever met went to Oberlin.

I'd also add "brilliant" to the list. So many smart people!

Posted by: meg on August 1, 2011 10:23 PM

101. Pedantic:

Won't this stall at 98? With the one-day rule, the 99th commenter doesn't have an incentive to comment. Unless they comment at 11:59 PM and then immediately again once it's midnight.

Posted by: Eli on August 1, 2011 10:37 PM

Another adjective I suggest is fermenting as there is so much food creation that occurs on campus...ginger beer, kimchi, kombucha...

Posted by: aaron on August 1, 2011 10:41 PM

A knock to Snowy.

Posted by: Ben on August 2, 2011 1:20 AM

Such an awesome list! My add:

Familial - Obies tend to get married to other Obies and live with other Obies after graduating, forming little Oberlin family-clusters across the states. We're a clan.

Posted by: Aries on August 2, 2011 6:57 AM


Used by some commenters, including myself, to describe Oberlin's logotype. And I think Oberlin's logotype fits its culture, so the adjective follows.

Posted by: Joseph Spiros on August 2, 2011 9:55 AM

Fanatical: People have the most intense, out-there interests, and Oberlin is a more interesting place because of them!

Can't wait to go back and see you!

Posted by: Daniel on August 2, 2011 10:51 AM

Humanitarian: Hello, BCSL and all the people who volunteer their time to the Oberlin community and beyond!

Posted by: Gian Parel on August 2, 2011 12:27 PM


see: Creativity and Leadership programme, and all the companies started/run by former Oberlin students

Posted by: DAniel on August 2, 2011 6:20 PM

Liberating: coming to Oberlin after seven years in the Deep South was (and is) amazing.

Posted by: Ida on August 2, 2011 8:04 PM

Outreaching: As a QuestBridge partner, Oberlin helps link talented but low-income students to some of the nation's best colleges.

Posted by: Gian Parel on August 3, 2011 6:03 AM

An incredibly enthusiastic knock for "awkward." Also, I definitely own that shirt. My favorite thing about it? I was expressly prohibited from wearing it on interview days/Ohio 6 days during the last two summers. I kept teasing them about it every time one of the days would come up. Silly admissions :P

Posted by: Patrick on August 3, 2011 10:24 AM

Brilliant! Here's 24 cheers for Oberlin's professors! This is my verdict considering that I have had email discussions with some of them. (You can tell I'm really looking forward to seminars and learning under the profs in research labs.)

Posted by: Weelic Chong on August 3, 2011 12:46 PM

Knock on #3. Yay for Oberlin's having one of the first neuroscience programs.

Posted by: Gian Parel on August 4, 2011 1:33 AM

#116. Rockin. See also: The rest of Ma'ayan's blog posts, and Oberlin's geology department.

P.s. this contest is the best idea ever!

Posted by: Paris Achenbach on August 4, 2011 9:43 AM

So today I'm going to knock dapper and add the following story:

On Monday I started working for the Active Minds national office in DC. I wore a sweater vest to my first day of work...and my second...and my third. On Wednesday, one of my coworkers commented on how much she enjoys my vests and that she will be dismayed if I come into work not wearing a vest one day. Needless to say, I am wearing a sweater vest again today.

Sweater vests are awesome, even if they are rather miserable to wear in 90+ degree heat and humidity. Oh, well.

Posted by: Patrick on August 4, 2011 10:03 AM


Posted by: Gwendolen Gross on August 4, 2011 11:41 AM

co-op knock. TWC love!

Posted by: Cuyler Otsuka on August 4, 2011 1:09 PM

Adjective suggestion: Theodicean

I recently became obsessed with the word theodicy. It sounds beautiful, but it's not an adjective. So I found the adjective form.

Posted by: Amanda on August 4, 2011 10:55 PM

See also: #92 and #93. Also #95 of course, and the photo of Ma'ayan above.

Posted by: Beverly Michaels on August 5, 2011 12:15 AM

FIERCE. FIERCE IS THE BEST ADJECTIVE. And Fiercegiving was the most epic Thanksgiving ever. Only you, me, Ali, and Carolyn would think that making 3 pies for 4 people is/was a good idea. I still stand by it. PAI! That was definitely my favorite Oberlin Thanksgiving :)

Posted by: Patrick on August 5, 2011 11:38 AM

Friendly! See also: the lovely fourth-year who saw me walking down the street alone during All Roads, invited me to dinner in her co-op, offered me chocolate, and then spent the rest of the evening taking me around to various campus events. I can't wait to be that person for some prospie in a year or two! Passing down the Obielove...

Posted by: Sonrisa Alter on August 5, 2011 7:20 PM

Knock on fearful because, as a first-year who has yet to experience the campus to make careful long-term decisions, I get anxious when I don't have exact plans for the future.

Posted by: Gian Parel on August 5, 2011 11:02 PM

To go with #25, I think "quirky" describes Obies well.

Posted by: Becky Berenbon on August 6, 2011 9:50 AM

Political: Students are learned and active in politics, and we have former Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian Fenty teaching POLT105!

Posted by: Gian Parel on August 7, 2011 5:48 AM

@ Gian: I have a frankenadjective that may help you feel better: Oberlin is anxiety-reducing-via-comfortable-community-forming.

Posted by: Tess on August 7, 2011 11:08 PM

#1,587. Outdoorsy. See the Outings Club; weekend excursions to the arb and Chance Creek; the number of Chacos and hiking boots walking around campus; and the students working outside at the George Jones Farm, J-House orchard and AJLC garden.

Posted by: Paris Achenbach on August 8, 2011 11:20 AM

Clowny! See also: OCircus, tumbling, aerialists, ClownCo, and general goofiness. (I ♥ these things. Can you tell?)

Posted by: Ida on August 10, 2011 6:41 PM

Busy! see: almost everyone, almost all the time.

Posted by: Nora on August 10, 2011 6:41 PM

Dude, gigantic knock to busy. I'm knocking so hard my hand is falling off.

Posted by: Ida on August 11, 2011 5:44 PM

Gonna knock our colors (#51) and add that my high school had the same colors. Also, even though we have Gryffindor colors, we're totally either Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. Just sayin'

Posted by: Patrick on August 12, 2011 10:53 AM

I don't know what number we're on, but: Wanderlusting! Obies are everywhere!

Posted by: Hillary on August 12, 2011 12:15 PM

I will add ALL THE COMMENTS. I will now knock "snowy" and encourage everyone to go read my ridiculous post about the snow: http://blogs.oberlin.edu/misc/miscellaneous/snoberlin.shtml

Posted by: Patrick on August 15, 2011 3:18 PM

Pfsh whatever! I will add more comments! And since I am going to be in OSCA (yeah, Tank!) for the first time this semester, I will knock to "cooperative." So excited for cooking!

Posted by: Ida on August 15, 2011 3:44 PM

I am going to add "knocky" (yes, I know it's not a word). I have to actively remind myself not to knock during meetings at work. It's super hilarious...in my head.

I'm crazy, I know.

Posted by: Patrick on August 16, 2011 8:22 PM

I'm going to knock to 87. When I was looking for colleges, I made an effort to find ones with quirky traditions and sly jokes; I knew I wanted to be someplace that didn't take itself too seriously, and I also knew I wanted to be around people who play as hard as they work. Fortunately, Oberlin meets both of those criteria!

Posted by: Ida on August 17, 2011 10:28 AM

I probably already commented here, but oh, here's more (I think I wrote revolutionary, which is still at the fore of my brain):





and just because I feel like it:


Posted by: Gwendolen Gross on August 17, 2011 10:47 AM

So I catch something new every time I glance through this...YOU GAVE A SHOUT-OUT TO ACTIVE MINDS. You are the best. I will, therefore, knock #54.

Posted by: Patrick on August 17, 2011 3:23 PM

#4875789427389 Albino. See: our squirrels.

Posted by: Patrick on August 18, 2011 3:01 PM

WOO WOO #16! AMAM shout out!

Posted by: Franny on August 19, 2011 1:21 PM


Posted by: Peggy '81 on August 19, 2011 1:27 PM

Hardboiled (see: Dead Hear Footsteps radio broadcast)

Posted by: Greg on August 19, 2011 1:41 PM

Knock to danceable. I can't WAIT for contra dances to start again.

Posted by: Ida on August 21, 2011 12:33 PM

I am going to knock "loud" and add the following quote from our dear friend, Colin: "We're that table that everyone hates at the Feve and everyone loves at TGI Fridays." (probably paraphrased, but you get the general idea)

Posted by: Patrick on August 23, 2011 12:59 PM

Knock to 22! Huggable friends are the best. (If you want proof, here's a post I wrote last week about how much I miss them! http://blogs.oberlin.edu/community/life_culture/im_waiting_for.shtml)

Posted by: Ida on August 25, 2011 3:25 PM

Nutritious! Certainly not everything there is to eat on campus is healthy, but it is very possible to eat both healthy and tasty food at Oberlin. Just look at all that kale and brown rice in the co-ops.

Posted by: Nora on August 28, 2011 6:23 PM

I will now knock "connected." Obies really are everywhere. One of my coworkers parents both went to Oberlin. The director of my handbell ensemble is an alumna. And there are SO many Obies in the DC area. It's awesome.

Posted by: Patrick on August 31, 2011 1:58 PM

Cloudy. That's sort of a sad one, but it is cloudy in Oberlin fairly often. Not people's dispositions, though, if that's any consolation.

Posted by: Nora on August 31, 2011 2:19 PM

Cozy! In the winter, Oberlin indoors with a cup of tea. Also the community.

Posted by: Nora on September 1, 2011 12:05 AM

Delightful! I am filled with delight to be back in Oberlin so soon.

Posted by: Nora on September 2, 2011 11:58 AM

I will knock to delightful! Everything is so delightful right now! My room is delightful! My friends are delightful! Making friends is delightful! I don't think I've ever used this many exclamation points in a row!

Posted by: Ida on September 5, 2011 1:28 AM

Big ups for Well-written. Had no idea about Donald J. Sobol, but scrambled to write my brother an email about it as soon as I heard. I inherited a good number of Encyclopedia Brown books from him in fifth grade or so.

Posted by: Joe on September 6, 2011 11:21 PM

Spontaneous. One thing I miss when I'm not at Oberlin is being able to see friends without always planning far in advance.

Posted by: Nora on September 6, 2011 11:28 PM

Late. Not as in recently dead. As in people stay up til all hours.

Posted by: Nora on September 7, 2011 11:56 PM

Knock to late, but also as in just plain not on time. Me being as punctual as I am, I wish this were not the case, but sometimes I do like the relaxed pace things go at.

Posted by: Ida on September 10, 2011 11:57 AM

Mushroom-covered. There are some really cool ones along S. Professor Street right now.

Posted by: Nora on September 14, 2011 1:05 PM

Knock to #51: Mikado yellow and crimson. See also: why we like to pretend that we all belong in Gryffindor.

Posted by: Patrick on September 21, 2011 10:32 AM

OH MAN knock to mushroom-covered! I recently ate a mushroom omelet made with a puffball my friend picked that was literally the size of my face.

Posted by: Ida on September 22, 2011 11:59 AM

Not sure if it's on the list, but I'm gonna knock/add "caffeinated." Between Slow Train and Black River and Decafe, there are plenty of places to get a caffeine fix. Woo!

Posted by: Patrick on September 27, 2011 9:46 AM

Big fat knock to overwhelmed.
I have so much work right now and I can't even do it because I'm too busy thinking about the Salman Rushdie tickets I just got and how I'll have to adjust my schedule if I'm elected head cook in Tank and the penny whistles that just came in the mail for me and the training I have to go to tonight so that I can be Acro Club treasurer and how ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI IS COMING IN NOVEMBER. EEEEEE. ALL THE THINGS.

Posted by: Ida on September 27, 2011 4:24 PM

Knock albino squirrels!

Posted by: Will on September 27, 2011 10:48 PM

Silly! I just read Ida's flashmob blog post. Perfect example.

Posted by: Nora on October 7, 2011 8:50 PM

Exhausting. I don't know if it's already been said and I'm too tired to check. And there's still midterm week between me and fall break.

Posted by: Ida on October 16, 2011 9:51 PM

Autumnal. I love Octoberlin, and all its sometimes sunny, sometimes gray, chilly leaf-turning glory. Foliage still can't hold a candle to New England though.

Posted by: Nora on October 17, 2011 11:48 AM

Knock to athletic - I just went to my first volleyball match, and we totally beasted on Ohio Wesleyan. (Shoutout to Chinwe, what whaaaaat!) It was exciting. I am excited.

Posted by: Ida on October 22, 2011 4:27 PM

Relative. See "Einstein and Relativity," the Plaut family, etc.

Posted by: Nora on November 23, 2011 11:43 AM

Anticipatory. Something is always about to happen, and we're excited!

(p.s. I really want this post to get to 100 comments.)

Posted by: Nora on December 9, 2011 4:22 PM

Distracting. Reading period is full of so many of my favorite things that I'm having a really hard time actually getting any reading done. Eep.

Posted by: Ida on December 15, 2011 11:29 AM

Gentle. Like those days with the soft breezes and blooming magnolias and wispy clouds? I'm going to miss those this spring.

Posted by: Nora on January 1, 2012 3:01 PM

You beat me to "magnetic," but there's no better word for the way I feel drawn back there ... I am looking forward to Costa Rica, but even more to coming home to Ohio, unicloud and all!

I think this post can get 100 comments. Only 28 more!

Posted by: Griff on January 1, 2012 9:59 PM

Omnipresent! Having returned from a Winter Term full of unexpected Obies (and forgotten about this delightful challenge, more's the pity!), I can attest to this.

Posted by: Ida on February 13, 2012 9:26 PM





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Posted by: Nora on March 29, 2012 8:34 PM

Rewarding. I feel so good when I reach my Oberlin-inspired, Oberlin-facilitated goals.

Posted by: Ida on March 29, 2012 10:05 PM


Posted by: Nora on April 1, 2012 2:04 PM

Also snazzy. Because it is so awesome that Oberlin is having Lynda Barry speak tomorrow, among many other snazzy things that happen.

p.s. Ma'ayan, please let us know when someone wins this contest.

Posted by: Nora on April 4, 2012 1:09 AM

Hopping in to say, yes, Nora and all you excellent commenters, I will let you know when someone wins this contest. We're not there just yet, but we're close!

(This comment doesn't count towards the 100 comments since it's a PSA :D)

Posted by: Ma'ayan on April 4, 2012 8:28 AM

Comparative. Like Comparative Literature and Comparative American Studies and comparative politics, and all the other comparative thinking we do.

Posted by: Nora on April 6, 2012 2:47 AM

Messy. My room is messy and campus is messy because of all the people running all over the place doing all the things and everyone's head is all messy because they're all thinking of so many things at once. Also it's about to be a muddy week, which is always messy.

Posted by: Ida on April 22, 2012 9:53 PM

Botanical. That's a fun word, and Oberlin does have lots of plants growing all over the place.

Posted by: Nora on April 24, 2012 11:54 PM

Nerdy. I wonder (with much affection) why this adjective has not yet made it onto the list.

Posted by: Nora on April 26, 2012 7:50 PM

Oh man yes nerdy! We are so nerdy! I'll knock to that! Oberlin nerdiness is a beautiful kind of nerdy.

Posted by: Ida on April 30, 2012 1:58 PM

Classical. The music, the Greek and Latin...

Posted by: Nora on May 1, 2012 11:05 AM

Flat. I never have to change gears when I bike.

Posted by: Nora on June 5, 2012 5:38 PM


Posted by: Nora on August 15, 2012 11:33 PM

Seductive. It's the first stretch of sunny days of the year and all the warm green beauty outside is trying really hard to make me abandon my homework and come play.

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Posted by: Ida on May 6, 2014 11:20 PM

I'm gonna knock to caffeinated. Next week is my last finals week, so I don't feel like I really need to explain anything here.

Posted by: Ida on May 7, 2014 9:51 PM

*knocks to all these adjectives!* *adds complimentary yessss* here's my list:

Articulate: Oberlin's a space to learn how to have a conversation and challenge ideas not people (though it's not an easy nor perfect process) but folks try and that's what matters.

Engaging: Sooo many passionate people are on this campus and find ways to make it better by being active in the ways that fit them best. I love to see how people lend their talents to this space.

Self-Exploring: Like any other college environment, Oberlin is a place of self-discovery and learning. Everyone is on a journey and for better or for worse, Oberlin really impacts your sense of self.

Deconstructive/ing: At least in the social sciences, there is a lot of reframing and challenging of terminology going on. Deconstructing what words mean and nuancing what it means to do certain things/have certain ideologies is a campus-wide thing that I enjoy about Oberlin.

Community: see also anyone of my blog posts lol *simple plug* but for real when you find community here it is community for life!

Posted by: Alex on May 7, 2014 10:24 PM

Tessellated...Take any space on this campus and I can guarantee there is something going on in it. Everything is stacked, packed, arranged, or what have you so that you've got a tetris board, or tile pattern, of things (both physical and thematic) all interlocked with each other, one after another. How does it all fit? I don't have the slightest idea.

Posted by: Andrea on May 7, 2014 10:30 PM

Home. In so many ways Oberlin feels like home.

Posted by: Naomi on May 7, 2014 11:12 PM

Conversational! I've had so many amazing conversations with Oberlin people, during and after my time as a student. One of my favorite things about Oberlin is the way it provokes and encourages amazing discussions.

Posted by: Nora on May 8, 2014 8:43 AM

Ooooh, tessellated! So true! And that might be my favorite one yet.

Posted by: Ida on May 8, 2014 8:51 AM

Joyous. See also: spring in Oberlin.

(minus the part about impending finals and April snow...)

Posted by: Tanya on May 8, 2014 8:56 AM

Full, from everyone's schedules to Slow Train on a Saturday afternoon to our hearts when we think about our Oberlin friends.

Posted by: Emily on May 8, 2014 9:03 AM

Splendiferous. Because splendid alone just wouldn't cut it.

Posted by: Adiel on May 8, 2014 8:54 PM

Politicizing. I know political has been said, but it's not just that everyone here is politically aware or has fully-formed opinions, it's that we all go through the process of teaching each other to be better humans (i.e., what often gets called "radical") and also learning from each other how to be better humans. It's one of the things I appreciate the most and one of the things I will miss the most.

Posted by: Ida on May 9, 2014 9:29 AM

Fiery. As in: the Aerialist showcase last weekend, in which everyone breathed fire. Also: student protesters.

Posted by: Griff on May 9, 2014 12:55 PM

Tempestuous! Just watched a tiny thunderstorm whip up and die back down while eating my lunch on the Tank porch. I was reminded of the Tank pig roast three years ago when an alumnus told me about his experience when the bottom floor of Tank was finally opened as a dining-only coop seem decades ago: the building was struck by lightning during their first meal and the top floors caught fire. I thought that was pretty wild.

Posted by: Ida on May 12, 2014 3:08 PM

Special. Boring word, but true. I'm having senior feelings.

Posted by: Ida on May 13, 2014 10:09 AM

We have a winner! Ida's Tempestuous was the 100th eligible comment on this post. Hurray hurrah!

(Also, even though we have a winner, keep on commenting. Because adjectives are fun!)

Posted by: Ma'ayan on May 15, 2014 10:34 PM

I'm with Gwendolen. May I chip in with:




and for good measure:

Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious !

Posted by: Tab Smithies on July 16, 2014 1:40 PM

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