President Oxtoby Writes a College Admissions Essay for The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal offered 10 college presidents an unusual assignment: Write an admissions essay question from their own school’s application. Our own President David Oxtoby faced up to the challenge by answering this question:
Although it may appear to the contrary, we do know that people have a life beyond what they do to get into college. Tell us about an experience you've had outside your formal classroom and extracurricular activities that was just plain fun and why.
Choosing to write about the freedom he finds while bicycling, whether on an early weekend ride through Claremont with faculty and staff, a 150-mile charity ride, or a vacation in Brittany, President Oxtoby says “What I love about bicycling is how close I am to the countryside, moving slowly enough to see everything, and able to stop when a spot beckons.”