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Anonymous asked: And Oberlin has sent its ED notifications by snail mail instead of email because...?

At this risk of this sounding like a cop-out, It’s just how we do things.

In many ways, it’s about the experience and excitement of getting a physical piece of mail. Think about the stories you can tell about serenading/baking cookies for/hugging the mailperson on the day you receive your letter. Think about dancing around throwing your letter in the air. Think about framing your gorgeous but mildly tear-soaked letter and hanging it over your bed to watch over you til you get to here. And we definitely wouldn’t have amazing videos like this one, made by Sarah Mills ‘16. These moments (and more) are reasons to still use a physical letter. Yes, it’s stressful to wait for the mail, especially as you see others around the country receiving their decision letters, but patience is a virtue and all that important stuff.

From my perspective, as someone who works online day in and day out, nothing compares to getting something in the mail. I get emails all the time, but they’re fleeting. Letters? I cherish them. They spend some time on the fridge, then in a folder filled with other lovely pieces of mail in my desk. They were sent to me by someone who cared to do so, and that’s something I treasure.

Good luck, and enjoy this awesome swing dancing flash mob in Dascomb dining hall while you wait.

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: Do you know if ED notifications were mailed yesterday?

Note: we have around a half dozen variations on “when will my ED letter arrive?!” in our inbox, so they’re all being answered here.

Letters were mailed on Friday, December 14th, which means the first wave hit mailboxes on Saturday. Depending on where you live (and the way zone maps work for ground mail), you’ll be receiving your decision between today and Friday.

Hopefully waiting, much like y’all, and watching this video while I do so.

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: Is Albus the albino squirrel named for Dumbledore?

I’m so glad you asked! Albus was named by Obies through an open name nomination then voting process (full story here). As you probably gathered, some of us are Harry Potter fanatics, so a name like Albus had to be a part of the mix (and ended up being the favored name — second only to Granola).

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: Sorry in advance--I'm sure you're getting sick of all of us crazy nervous ED applicants--but I was just wondering if we should still be expecting our letters on the 15th? I've heard some schools are delayed this year, and it's freaking me out a bit. Thank you! (:

I’ve heard no new news from the admissions office, so we’re still going off of the original info I have: 

At this time, admissions decisions are on track to be mailed around December 15. However, this date is more of a guideline than a set-in-stone date — decisions should be received soon after December 15.

While it probably won’t help for me to say “Don’t freak out!” I’m just going to give you a video to watch every time you start getting nervous. Here’s a peek into WOBC, 91.5 College and Community Radio.

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: Ma'ayan, can I have a youtube video to watch fifty thousand times before the ED decisions come out too? I'm dying!

Yes, you can :) But you only need to watch it 2,600 times because it’s already December 5th! Here is Professor of Organ James David Christie ‘75 taking us on a tour of ALL the Oberlin organs (there are lots!).

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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brandishingbonnets asked: Just checking if I understand this correctly, if I'm applying for EDII I don't need to send FAFSA information, just CSS. Is that right?

At this point, if you are applying EDII, the CSS Profile is what is necessary to generate an early financial aid estimate. The office of financial aid will eventually require you/your family to fill out the FAFSA form once you’ve filed your 2012 taxes.

If you have more questions, feel free to get in touch with the financial aid office directly! They are awesome at question-answering: financial.aid[AT]oberlin.edu

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: any idea if the con early review decisions will be sent out before christmas or after?

From the conservatory admissions office:

We’re working on early review decisions as we speak, and aim to have the word out on or around December 15th.

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact them! conservatory.admissions[AT]oberlin.edu

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: I sent you a question the other day about the Multicultural Visit Program but never got a response. However, I now know that I wasn't accepted into the program. Will this hurt my chances of being accepted in Oberlin? Thanks in advance!!!! <3 you and all of your posts!!

Oh no! I’m sorry you missed our response. It’s here! Most of our asks get sent right out into our Tumblr blog, and since you asked anonymously, it definitely ended up live on our blog rather than in your inbox — if you want a personal reply from us in your ask box, log in and let us know you want a private response as a part of your question (that goes for everyone, not just you).

Paraphrasing from the previous post: not being accepted to MVP doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply to Oberlin — while the program is largely based on academic performance, it’s also got another limiting factor: the program that always gets more applicants than slots available. 

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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