The alumni office has asked us to start a tradition. They want us to look back on how Oberlin has affected our lives since graduation, on the assumption that those reflections might help members of the class of 2019 face the uncertainties of their future.
Obviously, they don’t face the same issues we did. We had Vietnam. They (and we) have Donald Trump. Still, might we not have something useful to say?
Use this Survey link to fill out a short, online form with your take on how Oberlin shaped the way you dealt with the twists and turns of life over the last 50 years—or didn’t, as the case may be. Do keep it short. This page is about 400 words. Our notes should be shorter. And please send your entry back by February 25.
UPDATE: Deadline just extended to March 15!
Because we both have spent much of our careers in education, we volunteered to coordinate this effort. Of course, because we are Obies, we wouldn’t dream of doing this the way other colleges have. We decided to add a twist of our own.
On our trips back to Oberlin to plan the reunion, we met with students who have convinced us that this year’s graduates have a lot to tell us, too. So, we have asked about 40 members of this year’s class to send us some advice back!
Some of them are students we have met on trips back. Some are student leaders. Some are top College or Conservatory students. Some are 2019-style activists. Some have been studying subjects that didn’t exist in the days before our hair color got challenged. All, however, are interesting young men and women.
Once the results of this survey are gathered, the Alumni Office will print a booklet incorporating our advice to them, and theirs to us. The booklet will be distributed to both parties at our combined Commencement / Reunion Weekend in May. There are a couple of time slots built into that jam-packed weekend when members of the two classes can get together. We are still working on that.
We will gladly send you our own ideas if you think that might help you get your intellectual juices flowing. If you have any questions, our phone numbers and emails are below. If not, just go to the Survey link https://oberlin.wufoo.com/forms/k1jbxk5v1cg9p21/ and send in your advice (and wisdom)!
P.S.: The Survey form you submit for the 1969/2019 Advice Book will not include your name, in case you’d like to remain anonymous. However, most people are either introducing themselves within the body of their advice or signing off by name. Here are three anonymous examples we’ve received; if one looks familiar and you’d like to be credited, please contact us.