The Oberlin Stories Project

How To Contribute

Our goal is to collect 1000 personal narratives from students, alumni, faculty, and staff that will collectively explain the merits and strengths of Oberlin in a very honest and organic way.

Although quality is of absolute concern, the project also requires quantity to be successful. Each story that is added to the collection makes it a more accurate representation of what Oberlin is really like. That's why we need as many contributions as possible.

The events themselves don't have to be monumental, nor are we looking for complete biographies. Each story should simply explain one aspect of the author's Oberlin experience, like a tile in a mosaic or a piece of a puzzle.

If you have a story to share, please write to us at and we'll work with you to get it published.


» Make your story specific. Don't just make a list of all the activities / adventures / events you've ever been involved with. Pick one and write about why it matters. Readers can't connect with stories that are too general.

» Have a point. What did your class / project / student group / team / performance art / etc. do to change you or the world or both? How does it relate to Oberlin?

» Write in the first-person tense.

» Include a photograph that illustrates some aspect of your story. We cannot publish your story without a photograph.

» Stories should be at least 300 words, preferably 500-800 words, and no more than 1200 words.

Thank you!

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