Oberlin Collegeby College Prowler
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College guides written by students for students.
Your ultimate source for honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at the top colleges and universities in the United States. While writing our series of college guides, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university.
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Writing this guide about Oberlin taught me more than I ever knew about my own school. I worked on it as I traveled in the Eastern United States and Canada, stopping to write in places like Boston, Syracuse, Montreal, North Hatley, and Pictou Island, Nova Scotia. In a few months I will be a senior at Oberlin College, completing my majors in East Asian studies (Japanese) and English, with a minor in anthropology. I grew up in Quebec, and lived in Japan for a year before starting college, so Ohio was totally new ground for me. Coming to college here has, for the most part, been an enriching and exhilarating experience. I hope the information in this guide has been useful to you in the process of making a decision about where to go to college.Without further ado, I'd like to thank all the people who took the time to share their insight and witty commentaries about Oberlin with me: Scott, Yuuki, Bess, Logan, Rachel, Kit, Emily, Oona, Tom, Natty, Becky, David, Meaghan, Mami, and Ellen. Thank you to Dad, Mom, Pierre, Scott, Anne, Craig, Chris, and Gretchen for letting me spend so much time on your computers! Finally, thank you to the Office of Admissions at Oberlin College, the Office of Health Services, ResLife, the CIT, Safety & Security, and the Office of Career Serviceswhere I found out about College Prowler in the first placeand to everyone at College Prowler for your help and support. Sarah LeBaron von Baeyer
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