I am a self proclaimed eccentric. Thus, it seems only fitting that my college be as "crazy" as I am. Now Oberlin fits this bill perfectly; I don't think I have ever come across an institution that is so deeply in love with its albino squirrels, or so fanatically obsessed with its womb chairs. And, to add to its quirkiness, Oberlin's environment is truly an epitome of liberal utopia - A wonderland where I would be free to voice any opinions, and sing my favorite Justin Beiber songs without any fear of being judged or disparaged.
Oberlin's novelty doesn't just end with its liberal student body and faculty; it pervades every facet of life at the college, including the academics offered. I mean what other place allows any undergraduate student with a decent idea to create and teach their own course? I'm certain that only Oberlin can be "cool" enough to undertake as wonderfully unique an initiative as the Exco classes. Teaching has always come naturally to me, whether it had been tutoring my brother's class before finals, or enlightening my friends as to the implications of the financial crisis on our beloved Manchester United's fortunes. Thus, I find the prospect of being able to lead a bunch of intellectually diverse Obies into the realms of my very own esoteric interests particularly enticing. I just hope that the Committee will approve of the Exco class I have in mind, a study into modern dating science (come on now, we all want to unravel the tantalizing mysteries of the female mind).
Oberlin's tunes strike a deep chord with me, both literally and figuratively. To begin with, I confess that I have a notoriously eclectic nature; from soccer and game theory, to cognitive dissonance and community service, I am deeply in love with the most varied of pursuits. Having always prided myself on being a very faithful lover, I just can't see myself being cruel enough to give up on any single one of my interests in college. Such a scenario would have presented me with quite a dilemma had it not been for the divine intervention of my womb-chair wielding savior. I have been stalking the Oberlin Blogs for over a year now, and still find it truly remarkable to come across the tales of so many Obies who managed to stay true to all of their passions, and indulge in them fully throughout college. Oberlin is clearly the kind of place where my side-dreams won't get crushed under a stack of books, and where I can receive all the encouragement and mentorship I need to pursue the wildest of my fancies. And to top it all off, the performances at the Conservatory will mean that I won't have to stay up till three in the morning any longer to catch rerun's of Chopin's Nocturnes (yes, my musical tastes are equally diverse) on VH1 Classic.
I think you guys would have to give me the liberty to write a novel (I wouldn't put it past you) if I were to go into all of my reasons for choosing Oberlin. I could tell you about my entrepreneurial ambitions, and how Oberlin's Creativity and Leadership project will provide an ideal platform to help me implement my ideas and fashion them into reality. Or I could chatter away about my plans to continue community service at Oberlin with the Bonner Center's CBL courses. However, I do not want to wear your patience thin just yet, and am thus going to conclude with a very honest confession. It's true that I don't consider Oberlin's academics to be the best in the country, and nor do I believe its economics program (my preferred major) to be the most comprehensive. However, I am a man who has always had the bigger picture in mind, and am certain that I will be the happiest at Oberlin. The place absolutely reeks of all the values and qualities that I hold so dearly myself- a quirky and fun approach to work, an ultra liberal acceptance and appreciation for all opinions, and an adamant resolution to effect change through innovation and creativity. Oberlin feels "just right" for me and I would like nothing better than to spend the next four years of my life there.
THANKS A LOT