“We don’t get to choose…”

From the cover of Oberlin College’s Spring/Summer 2020 Alumnae Magazine, written in white on black background:


“We don’t get to choose

when we were born.

We don’t choose what

natural disasters,

epidemiological emergencies,

stock market crashes,

tyrannical regimes, or

wars our generations

face.  We only get to

choose how we react.”



Oberlin Professor Wendy Beth Hyman in a message

To her (suddenly departing) students on March 11, 2020

Updated: July 7, 2020 — 11:43 am