Oberlin College — Welcome Home

Oberlin College — Welcome Home

October 25, 2019 3 By Stanley Isaacs


I spent a lot of time in high school thinking
about how I could make things better today than they were yesterday. The world’s challenges were calling. The clock was ticking. Sometimes I wondered if others could feel
it as much as I did. I asked why a lot. Or, why not? I believed in possibility. You could say I was a bit of a visionary,
or an idealist. But I knew I couldn’t just sit around and
wait for others to do the work. Maybe that sounds familiar. And, if you’re like I was when I was looking
at colleges, you’re probably looking for a community that gets it. I knew that Oberlin was different the first
moment I stepped onto campus. The place had a pulse. Its energy was everywhere. I listened in on conversations and was struck
by how everyone seemed to be trying to learn from each other. Difference here was something to celebrate,
not avoid. I knew I’d found my people. We like to say that Oberlin is a lab in which
you can study and design the world you really want. We’re proud of our history. There have been a bunch of milestones along
the way, from inventing coeducation and adopting a race-blind admissions policy in the 1830s, to more recent leadership in global sustainability efforts. Sometimes we romanticize the breakthroughs
and forget to mention that the lab work can get messy. But that has always been an important part
of the process. We’re motivated by those who came before us. We honor them by embracing the next frontier. It’s a thread that connects generations of
Obies. Consider this: what might seem radical at
Oberlin today is almost always tomorrow’s status quo. It’s been that way for almost two centuries. Moving things forward is just what we do. It’s an honor to be a part of it. It’s what we think education should be. Our tagline says, “Think one person can change
the world? So do we.” That’s our way of letting you know that
we see you, future Obies. We’ve been looking for you, too. Welcome home.