{ A Bit About the Oberlin Experience — Virtually! }

Part of the reason the Oberlin blogs exist is to get the real students of Oberlin to talk about real Oberlin (also because we love Oberfolks and they have amazing stories to share!). Last spring during All Roads, we recruited some of our admissions interns to participate in a virtual student panel, mirroring the in-person panels organized during the on campus All Roads Lead to Oberlin events. The panels (both online and in person!) are a perfect time to ask questions about student life, clubs, majors, going to college for the first time, and anything else on your mind.

We had a complete blast doing our online panel last year, and this year, we're thinking ahead, and we're expanding our programming. We're going to have not one, not two, but THREE virtual student panels, livestreamed and archived right here in this blog post.

We invite you to visit us here on the blogs on:

  • Tuesday, April 15th at 9pm EST
  • Saturday, April 19th at 5pm EST
  • Monday, April 28th at 10pm EST

for student-voiced awesomeness. *cheers*

We'll update this post with the livestream a few minutes after the times listed above, and the archives will be posted within the next day. We'll talk to you soon!


Our first panel aired on Tuesday, April 15th at 9pm ET and is archived here:

Many thanks to Olivia, Adina, Sarah, and Mia for being a part of our panel!

Over the course of the panel, we talked about:

  • 1:38 Intros
  • 3:28 How did you find Oberlin during your college search? Why did you decide on Oberlin?
  • 8:00 How's the weather?
  • 9:30 What's a typical Friday/Saturday night at Oberlin?
  • 13:10 Are most students involved in activism in some way?
  • 14:30 Things that we don't love about Oberlin
  • 17:37 Housing and dorm options on campus (divided doubles, singles, and more)
  • 22:00 What were you doing when you saw your first albino squirrel on campus?
  • 23:30 Tell us about your relationships with your professors.
  • 27:30 What's First Year Experience? Can I have a microwave in my room?
  • 29:47 What are the major clubs on campus?
  • 31:54 Tell us about sports and athletics on campus.
  • 34:50 What did you do over winter term?
  • 39:30 Is there pressure to drink?
  • 41:25 How does you class load compare to an honors/AP load? Is the grading hard? Are professors fair or strict?
  • 46:56 What's the food like on campus?
  • 49:12 Are people supportive of students who have "undecided" or undeclared majors?
  • 53:17 What do you know about college/Oberlin now that you wish you'd known as a freshman?

Our second panel aired on Saturday, April 19th at 5pm ET is archived here:

Many thanks to Liam, Mia, Alex, and Alyssa for being a part of our panel!

Over the course of the panel, we talked about:

  • :31 Intros
  • 3:00 Why did you choose Oberlin?
  • 7:50 Have you taken an ExCo? Is it open to everyone?
  • 10:04 How commonly do people study aboard at Oberlin?
  • 12:15 Winter term at Oberlin.
  • 17:45 Where do you live? What's your living situation?
  • 27:31 First Year Seminar Program and courses.
  • 30:00 Research at Oberlin, especially in the sciences.
  • 35:15 Favorite and least favorite things about Oberlin.
  • 41:40 Tell us about your relationships with professors.
  • 47:05 What's a hidden or underutilized resource on campus you'd like more people to know about?
  • 52:00 Does guidance at Oberlin keep you on track? If I want to get into medical school, will I have the advising and support I need?
  • 56:20 Final thoughts: things you wish you'd know, final pieces of advice

Our final panel aired on Monday, April 28th at 10pm ET and is archived here:

Many thanks to Alex, Olivia, Gideon, Zack, and Emma for being a part of our panel!

Over the course of the panel, we talked about:

  • :32 Intros
  • 3:20 Why Oberlin?
  • 6:57 What's your typical weekend at Oberlin?
  • 10:47 Where do you live currently? Where have you lived in the past? Where will you live next year?
  • 18:00 Where have you found deliciousness on and off campus?
  • 24:00 Have you taken or taught an ExCo?
  • 28:26 Winter term at Oberlin: what is it and what projects have you done?
  • 35:03 Living in co-ops: how much work is involved?
  • 36:49 Talk about your relationships with professors
  • 43:42 How did you choose your major?
  • 50:14 Underutilized or unknown resources you'd like others to know about?
  • 57:40 Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your first year self?

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{ Responses To This Entry }

How IS the weather?

Posted by: Hannah on April 15, 2014 9:11 PM


What is a typical Friday/Saturday night for you?
Are most students involved in activism in some way?
Is there anything you don't like about Oberlin?

Posted by: Emily F on April 15, 2014 9:12 PM


Any bad weather stories or wacky/funny dorm stories?

Posted by: Folajimi on April 15, 2014 9:15 PM


I'd love to know about the different types of dorms...especially if anyone could speak about divided dorms and singles since I'm less familiar.

Posted by: Hannah on April 15, 2014 9:20 PM


What were you doing when you saw your first albino squirrel on campus?

Posted by: Folajimi on April 15, 2014 9:21 PM


Tell us about your relationships with your professors?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:25 PM


Are you allowed to have microwaves in your dorm rooms?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:27 PM


What is the First Year experience you are talking about?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:28 PM


What are the major clubs on campus?

How intense are the sports teams? I am considering running cross-country, but also want to be involved with other activities

Posted by: Emily F on April 15, 2014 9:28 PM


Have any of you participated in club sports? and if so how was that experience?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:30 PM


What do you do during the January term?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:31 PM


pressure to drink? honestly?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:32 PM


How does your school load compare to an AP/ Honors high school load? Is the grading super hard? Are professors fair? Strict?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:34 PM


Do most people love on campus? Can you have cars on campus?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:39 PM


How is the food on campus?

Are people supportive of students who have 'undecided' majors?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:41 PM


is experimental college open to everyone (like in place of a professor taught class)?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:41 PM


How commonly do people do study abroad ?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:42 PM


For any of you 3rd or 4th years- what do you know now about college and/or Oberlin that you wish you would have known as a freshman?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2014 9:50 PM


What is research like at oberlin? Specifically can you talk about science?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 19, 2014 5:27 PM


What is research like at oberlin? Specifically can you talk about science?

Posted by: Pedro on April 19, 2014 5:29 PM


What would you say are your favorite and least favorite things about Oberlin?

Posted by: Lauren G. on April 19, 2014 5:29 PM


Does guidance at Oberlin keep you on track? For instance, if I want to get into medical school, will they make sure I have all the courses I need?

Posted by: Lauren G. on April 19, 2014 5:52 PM


How much work is a housing co-op?

Posted by: Anonymous on April 28, 2014 10:30 PM



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