Make the most of your first year.
Your first year at Kenyon will lay the foundation for your whole college career and, in many ways, for your life beyond. We want you to explore, take on challenges, and flourish -- as a student and as a person.
Kenyon provides a wide array of academic and extracurricular opportunities, so remember the following:
A number of incoming first-year students choose to participate in our Pre-Orientation ("Pre-O") programs. Designed to be both meaningful and fun, Pre-O offers several options for students interested in areas ranging from science to writing, from the outdoors to leadership to service. They're a great way to get an early taste of the Kenyon classroom and the Kenyon spirit -- and to forge early bonds with fellow students.
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Orientation is about much more than the logistics of moving in. Above all, it's a time when we help you make some key connections. You'll meet your faculty advisor and an upper-class counselor. Together, they'll help you register for fall classes and give you guidance as you start thinking about your academic program. You'll meet roommates and hallmates, and you'll get to know community advisors, the upper-class students who'll work with you to keep life in the residence halls happy and harmonious. You'll learn about many campus resources, and you'll discover some Kenyon traditions. You'll also learn about our expectations for you, academically and socially. You'll get a sense of what diversity means here, and why we value it. In short, you'll begin to put down roots in the Kenyon community, and to appreciate the importance of community on Gambier Hill.
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Academic advising is really a four-year process, but the experience -- individual mentoring and support -- begins during Orientation. Your faculty advisor will help you choose courses with the aim of constructing a meaningful academic program. You'll see how you can pursue your intellectual passions and experiment with subjects that intrigue you, while at the same time embracing the breadth that's the hallmark of a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. You can also count on the help of your upper-class counselor and community advisor, plus the staff of the Office of Academic Advising and eventually a faculty advisor in your major department. Together, these individuals will encourage you to challenge yourself and even take some academic risks. You'll undertake increasingly rigorous coursework, knowing that you're never far from people whose main goal is your success.
For more information, contact the Office of Academic Advising at 740-427-5145.
The residence halls are an integral part of a Kenyon education, fostering community, friendship, activism, creativity, and citizenship. Our residential life staff works hard to provide opportunities for students to shape daily life in the halls. We recognize that many of your most meaningful experiences in college will take place here, in the residence halls, talking (and sometimes debating) with your roommates and hallmates, spending time with a few close friends, or organizing larger gatherings. We also believe that the experience of dealing with differences in a diverse community, hands-on and up close, will serve you well throughout your time at Kenyon and beyond.
For more information, contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life at 740-427-5142.
Clubs, sports, organizations of all kinds. Kenyon offers scores of extracurricular activities, and we see them as vital, not tangential. Research consistently shows that getting involved outside the classroom, early in and throughout your college career, can help you succeed. That's because extracurricular activities can improve your time management, organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Whether you're interested in music or politics, poetry or science, cultural awareness or volunteer work, you can find a group of like-minded students on campus. Some students mistakenly believe that they should wait until they're more "settled" before joining a club. Experience shows otherwise. Get involved!
For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at 740-427-5661.
The rewards of volunteering include the knowledge that you are making a difference in the lives of others. But civic engagement also adds a valuable dimension to college life, which can sometimes feel insular.
Volunteer work connects your academic experience to real-life issues, bringing greater meaning to both. Moreover, it cultivates a sense of place and a sense of belonging -- in Kenyon's case, to the fascinating region of Knox County and central Ohio.
Consider some of the following opportunities:
Food for Thought seeks to build a sustainable market for local foods in and around Knox County, with the aim of helping farmers, strengthening rural communities, preserving farmland, and giving consumers better, fresher food. In addition to bringing local foods into Kenyon's dining hall, Food for Thought involves students in conducting research, organizing public events, writing articles, and creating exhibits. Learn more at the Web site of the Rural Life Center: http://rurallife.kenyon.edu.
In recent years, local charities have been struggling to ensure that Knox County's needy families have access to a stable and nutritious diet. The squeeze has made Food for the Hungry, a holiday-season food drive, all the more crucial. Kenyon students make the drive a year-round cause, collecting food and money in residence halls, at concerts and varsity games, and at other special events. For more information, contact Karl Stevens, Kenyon's Episcopal chaplain, at 740-427-5223.
We encourage you to get involved in these and other volunteer efforts. Opportunities include Habitat for Humanity, tutoring in schools, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and the local hot-meals program. Kenyon organizations like Circle K, the Archon Society, and the Off-Campus Activities Program in Psychology are actively involved in volunteer work and can help you find a role to play.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact New Student Orientation and Community Programs at 740-427-5760.