Your story draws from your academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, and professional development while at Kenyon. Defining your story can help you make important decisions and chart your progress over time. It can also help you better describe your time on the Hill as you move through your academic career and consider post-graduate opportunities.
Why should you know your story? Stories define us -- who we are, what we care about, why we care. To know someone well is to know their story. Your story is your opportunity to know yourself, to make a connection, to market yourself. Your story is invaluable when thinking about your next steps, building new relationships, seeking new opportunities.
Try to communicate your story in a few sentences, making sure that it has a hook, conflict, and resolution. Consider these three areas when crafting your story:
What courses are you taking or have you taken, and how have these courses shaped you? Look at your transcripts -- you should be able to articulate every course that you've taken, why you've taken it, and what you've gotten out of it.
Have you been engaged with opportunities within the Knox County community? Explore academic and volunteer opportunities through the Office for Community Partnerships.
Have you been exposed to different opportunities domestically and internationally? Explore off-campus study through the Center for Global Engagement (CGE).
Have you utilized campus resources for support along your academic journey? Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS), Library and Information Services (LBIS), the Math and Science Skills Center (MSSC), and the Writing Center are some of the key resources to assist you during times of struggle.
Remember: Your strengths and your weaknesses are part of your Kenyon story.
Are you involved in different activities and organizations around campus? College is a great time to try clubs and organizations, club sports, Greek life and leadership opportunities. You can also seek out leadership roles as an Orientation Leader, peer counselor, sexual misconduct advisor, community assistant, or club/organization leader.
Are you interested in the Kenyon Review, the Gund Gallery, the Kenyon Farm, Sustainability and Green Initiatives? There are a wide range of opportunities across campus -- make sure you consider what you want to incorporate into your Kenyon story.
The Career Development Office (CDO) is an excellent resource when crafting and polishing your story for post-graduate pursuits. The staff can assist you with writing your resume, preparing for interviews, searching for internships and jobs, and exploring graduate school options. The Writing Center can also help with writing cover letters and application essays.
Check out fellowships and scholarships available during and after college through the Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships.
Think about what experiences and individuals at Kenyon have shaped you and your Kenyon story.
And whenever you have the opportunity, tell that story. Learning to tell it authentically and comfortably will help you refine it. So it'll only get better with time.