Upperclass Counselors (UCCs) are sophomores, juniors and seniors who are a vital part of the orientation experience.
Interesting fact: I've climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Recommended organizations: Ransom Notes, Brave Potato Theatre Productions. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The professors and small class sizes (also, the upside-down tree).
Interesting fact: I have a cat named Strawberry. Recommended organizations: I would recommend being involved in theater productions whether acting or helping backstage. Favorite thing about Kenyon: My favorite thing is the close relationships with professors because of the small class sizes.
Interesting fact: I modelled for a family friend's instructional yoga book for children when I was three and the book is still in print. Recommended class: Drawing 1. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The bookstore! If you're ever bored or need to kill time, challenge your friend to a contest: Each of you try to find the weirdest/most random item sold in Kenyon's bookstore. You'll find some crazy things (temporary Russian cat tattoos, anyone?).
Interesting fact: My dream career is to become the artistic director of a classical theatre company. Recommended class: I highly recommend looking at the list of English 103 courses, even if you're not planning to study English. They cover a wide variety of very cool topics (including Queer Texts, Imaginary Homelands and Quests and Adventures, just to name a few), and each provides a great introduction to reading and writing at Kenyon, which is valuable across many disciplines. Favorite thing about Kenyon: It's impossible to pick just one, but I guess I'd have to say all of the wonderful, passionate, welcoming people I have met, both students and faculty. They have taught me so much that I could not have learned anywhere else.
Interesting fact: I'm a huge foodie and love finding the best, off-the-beaten-trail coffee shops, restaurants and bakeries everywhere I go. Recommended organizations: I'm part of the Collegian and a sister of Zeta Alpha Pi. The newspaper has been a really amazing experience for me (although I do want to be a journalist, so I'm biased). I've learned so much about Kenyon and its community and know so many more people in the student body and administration because of it. It's a great way to get to know where you're going to school and think critically about how things are at Kenyon, so I'd definitely recommend it to first years. Greek life has also been such a positive experience for me. Favorite thing about Kenyon: Because Kenyon is in the middle of nowhere, students are really dedicated to making the campus lively and a fun place to be.
Interesting fact: I am allergic to hypoallergenic dogs. Recommended class: I promise I'm not biased, but take a 100 level English class! There are so many different options that can tailor to your interests. You could be like me and accidentally end up in a completely random topic but have it spark interests you never knew you had! I knew I liked country music, but I never thought I'd be interested in pastoral poetry and literature! Regardless of the class, you will get introduced to a wide variety of genres and writing styles. You also will learn how to write college-level essays, a skill that you will use in almost all your classes. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The close friendships I've made here!
Interesting fact: I've had hiccups at least once every day for the past 8 years. Recommended class: Intro to Women's and Gender Studies! It completely changed my worldview (for the better) and exposed me to ideas I'd never even considered. Favorite thing about Kenyon: I love when I go into the servery and by the time I head for my table, I've already eaten all the food because I ran into so many people I knew in there. Peirce is always such a fun and communal experience — you could stay there all day and wouldn't get bored.
Interesting fact: I want to be a middle school teacher with my life. Recommended class: Social Dreamers with George McCarthy or whatever Pashmina Murthy is teaching. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The Kokosing. I went swimming there my first week at Kenyon which was how I met some of my closest friends, and I feel like I can trace my experience here through the times I went down to the river and the people I went with.
Interesting fact: I used to write blog posts for Teen Vogue!
Recommended class: Survey of Art Part II, especially when it's held in Gund Gallery Community Theater! Favorite thing about Kenyon: The uplifting attitudes of my peers that inspire me to be more confident and just do what feels right! Especially in the beginning of the year, students are bombarded with new activities and opportunities and the welcoming nature of everyone makes everything people pretty "limitless" and exciting.
Interesting fact: I love to write and I mostly do it for myself - it is my method of processing. I draw, mostly figures from life and this is my way of showing what i see in people. A few weeks after arriving in India I did a silent retreat for two days and the loudness in my head was almost unbearable. A friend said to me, that is what makes you an artist, the need to expel something from yourself. Something is brewing inside that must come out. Recommended class: Religion in its Global Context with Professor Rhodes! Favorite thing about Kenyon: I love the combination of a tight-knit community and the BFEC woods surrounding Kenyon. I slowly found that although I could not find places to be anonymous in a crowd, I could find places to be alone and they are much more beautiful than any place in a city. They are in the BFEC woods surrounding Kenyon when I go for walks or bike rides. I can bring a picnic blanket and good book and walk a mile away from campus and be in my own world and then I can return to campus for lunch and be surrounded by good friends. Once I found this balance, I realized its beauty. This is my favorite thing about Kenyon.
Interesting fact: I really didn't want to come to Kenyon at all when I first started here. It was my last choice of the schools I'd applied too, but within the first week of coming here I knew that I'd chosen the right place. Recommended class: Intro to Cultural Anthropology with Professor Suggs. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The majority of the people you will encounter here love Kenyon as much as you do. I won't say all the people, because obviously I do not know all of Kenyon and cannot speak for everyone, but from attending Kenyon for three years now, it is clear that most people who go to Kenyon love it, and truly think of it as their home away from home. I think that Kenyon would not be the place it is if the people who attended it didn't genuinely love it as much as we do. There is a great deal of pride and love that comes with being part of the Kenyon community.
Interesting fact: I have an award-winning collection of VHS tapes. Recommended organizations: The environmental groups on campus are doing cool and meaningful things. ECO works on all kinds of projects, and PEAS is a good choice if you are interested in agriculture and local foods. Favorite thing about Kenyon: Professors at Kenyon are accessible and supportive because they genuinely want students to succeed. They answer your questions, help you brainstorm your paper topics, and might even give you a ride to the airport!
Interesting fact: Does having a strong, abiding love of National Public Radio count as interesting? How about having an obsession with everything Lin-Manuel Miranda touches? Probably not. I can’t help but overthink this question — I'm examining every aspect of my life right now and under this intense lens of scrutiny NOTHING ABOUT ME seems cool enough to be warranted interesting!! Recommended organizations: Audition for Chamber Singers led by the beloved Doc Locke. We meet every weekday to learn the twenty or so songs which we memorize for our tour in the spring. Singing with the Chamber Singers family is one of the highlights of my day at Kenyon. Favorite thing about Kenyon: Exploring the Gap Trail and feeling cozy at Wiggin / Middle Path waving and Peirce where we dig in / 4 p.m. Fridays when the bells always ring / These are a few of my fave Kenyon things!
Interesting fact: I have an extra bone in my ear! Recommended organizations: I have done symphony orchestra, Russian Club, volunteering at the Kenyon Farm and Wiggin St. Elementary, and K-STEM mentoring. I recommend trying everything! Favorite thing about Kenyon: My favorite thing about Kenyon is that I feel like I am cared about. It's hard to feel insignificant when so many people are looking out for you.
Interesting fact: I'm from Canada. Recommended class: Trials, Debates and Controversies, RLST 141. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The sense of community and closeness between the students. It's impossible to walk down middle path and not recognize someone you know.
Interesting fact: I am a swimmer here at Kenyon. I am from North Carolina. I have a twin brother. Recommended organizations: I am a part of the swim team and class/student council. I would recommend almost any club/organization on campus! Greek life, Relay for Life, a cappella groups, academic clubs (neuroscience club woot woot), etc. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The beautiful campus and unique collection of students.