- Class: Alum
- Major: Other
- Gender: F
- High School: Oberlin Senior High School
- Transfer Student: Y
Oberlin provides a well rounded academic experience in a comfortable setting. However, I hope that the College employs its resources to better prepare students for life after Oberlin and maybe instates new practices to acheive this goal. Sometimes Oberlin can feel like high school, but after Oberlin one realizes how nice it was to easily see and be with close friends. Most people are very impressed by the name Oberlin in the real world- while in Oberlin the majority of my time was spent at the Art Museum- Art Building, occasionally the gym. I am from Oberlin, and I do wish the College would work harder to bridge a serious relationship. Oberlin's administration could use some serious closer examination. The biggest recent controversy on campus that I heard about ironically enough involved an Oberlin police officer and a number of african american students. I think situations like this leave students with a sense of less college/town pride. Oberlin is an unusual place, or atleast most people believe and feel this way about Oberlin College and the town. My most memorable experience at Oberlin was September 11th. A campus full of New Yorkers, the tragity was felt hundreds of miles from Manhattan.
In a class of well over a hundred just before his retirement I was amazed that Ron DiChenzo knew my name, but I was on a first name basis with every single one of my professors in College. My favorite class had to be drawing with Todd Scroder, in this class there was a laid back sensibility, a stimulating group of students and a professor who infused literature into the drawing room. My least favorite class was probably chemistry, go figure. Students at Oberlin work hard, look at Mudd or the Sience Center on any given evening, packed with Obies. Class participation depends on the professor and their ability to lecture well, also depends on how much attendence affects the overall grade, and the popularity of the subject. Oberlin students don't tend to be competitive, but I suppose in subjects I had little exposure to, it's possible. The art department was small, but lots of very hard working and incredibly intelligent and talented professors. I enjoyed my time with these individuals, the knowledge they lead me to and the opportunities the skills they taught provided me with. I often met profs for coffee, or spent time with them and their families, but being from Oberlin I also grew up with profs sons or daughters, so I suppose my situation might be a bit different. As I said previously, Oberlin has never- I felt- been interested in gearing students for the real world or jobs, gaduate programs def.
The captian of the football team often feels uncomfortable at Oberlin. Sometimes I have to admit I too felt uncomfortable with amount of openess others had regarding their sexual identities or personal choices. On a funnier note I remember students wearing everything from a bear suit to the pink panther suit to class. Which is maybe why it seemed weird to most people that I was the girl always in heels. There are cliques at Oberlin, just like in high school, but occasionally classes will bring people together. Stevenson is where this is most visable, the football players at one table, the other athletes at another, gays and transgenered sit together and then the people who still at Oberlin have social problems, they come and eat by themselves early.
The Best Things
The relationships you can form with fellow students and professors
The Worst Things