Upperclass Counselors (UCCs) are sophomores, juniors and seniors who are a vital part of the orientation experience.
Interesting fact: I'm from Myanmar! Most people don't know where it is or that it even exists because it was closed off to the world for years even though it's actually bordered by major Asian countries. Recommended class: Gandhi And Civil Disobedience with Professor Wendy Singer because I love her, I love history, and I love resistance against injustice. Favorite thing about Kenyon: We have a random part of a train behind the athletic center.
Interesting fact: I was once charged by an elephant. Recommended organizations: Well if you like to make mouth sounds, check out the a cappella scene. It's all the rage right now. (If you're into jazz then check out Take 5, Kenyon's premiere jazz co-ed a cappella group!). Favorite thing about Kenyon: Kenyon creates community. Because of it's small size, you come to feel like you know most everyone on campus, which personally makes me feel very safe and it is incredibly easy to meet people. And because of our location (a.k.a. middle of nowhere) we have to create all of our entertainment ourselves, which has lead to the mass amount of student groups and organizations which not only provides us with amusement, but also gives students the opportunity to support each other, no matter what they choose to do.
Interesting fact: I've never eaten an omelette. Ever. Recommended organizations: The Jazz Ensemble, Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The incredible sense of community present here.
Interesting fact: Even though I'm an English major, Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books. Recommended organization: PEAS (People Endorsing Agrarian Sustainability)! Favorite thing about Kenyon: Spring in Gambier is BEAUTIFUL! I love walking around campus and seeing everyone sprawled on the lawn reading, talking or attempting to study for those final exams in the sunshine.
Interesting fact: I can wiggle my ears! Recommended organization: I recommend the joining the Kenyon Collegian! There's so many different roles that you are bound to find one that fits you. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The faculty. Every professor I have met at Kenyon is not only wonderful and knowledgeable in the classroom, but endlessly committed to helping students outside of the classroom.
Interesting fact: I've legally hacked cars before! Recommended organizations: Computing Club, rugby, ΑΔΦ, Hillel. Favorite thing about Kenyon: I enjoy running into professors and having conversations with them, even if I haven't had a class with them.
Interesting fact: My current goal at Kenyon is to sleep in every academic building on campus. Recommended class: Stereotypes in Film and Text. Favorite thing about Kenyon: Lying on the grass on a warm day, hanging out with my friends and just enjoying the outdoors.
Interesting fact: I was born on my mother's birthday. (Best gift ever.) Recommended organizations: Psychology Club; classes at the Craft Center; Equestrian Team; Squash Club. They are all great organizations. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The friendships, the community and the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning.
Interesting fact: I have a cat (ESA). Recommended organizations: I'm involved in Ultimate Frisbee, Cross Country/Track & Field, Transition Mission (service organization that works with Knox County young adults with mental & physical disabilities). I'd recommend going for any organizations that peak your interest, but remember that dislists last forever, and you might not want to get meeting reminders for a club that you signed up for once at an activities fair. Favorite thing about Kenyon: Allison James.
Interesting fact: I'm not a music major, but I love the music scene on campus. I curate playlists for my own WKCO radio show, I attend countless shows sponsored by the music department, and see concerts at the Horn whenever I can. Even though it's a small campus, professors, students, and community members are always working to bring the best talent to Kenyon. Recommended class: Writing the Race with Jené Schoenfeld! If you like English and/or African-American writing, this is a must-take! Favorite thing about Kenyon: The opportunities. As a first year, I was able to read submissions for one of the most amazing literary magazines in the U.S. I hosted my own radio show and worked for the Office of Admissions. The fact that so many people saw potential in me and extended their support and countless opportunities for me to succeed and participate strikes me as one of the best parts of being at Kenyon.
Interesting fact: It has been my life long aspiration to be on the reality TV show Survivor. Recommended class: Quest For Justice. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The classroom experience and exchange of thought.
Interesting fact: I spent my sophomore year of high school in Germany as an exchange student. Recommended class: Either Social Dreamers with Professor McCarthy or Professor Fernando's Dirt and Disorder. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The people are really fantastic!
Interesting fact: I eat candy like I'm five years old. For example, I can't walk into a grocery store without buying a piece of candy before I leave. Recommended organization: REACH is an amazing resource, especially for first-years. Being matched with an upper-class mentor, having helpful monthly workshops pertaining to "college life" and cool off-campus excursions are very rewarding and enjoyable. Favorite thing about Kenyon: Kenyon is such an amazing community filled with people with their own quirks. You're never alone feeling weird because there is something strange and interesting about every person you meet at Kenyon!
Interesting fact: I came to Kenyon as an intended neuroscience major, but, within the first couple of weeks, I knew I wanted to switch to English and political science. Recommended class: Writing the Mind with Professor Matz! This class is what converted me from an intended Neuroscience major to an English major :). Favorite thing about Kenyon: My favorite thing about Kenyon is honestly the people. I have never encountered a more supportive and warm community.
Interesting fact: I spent one summer in a juvenile detention court! (painting a mural). Recommended organization: This past semester I joined the Archon Society, and it is hands down the best decision I have made here at Kenyon. It's a group of amazing people that have a passion for community service. Not only did Archon help me to find a group of friends where I fit in, but it also helped me get outside the Kenyon bubble though service in the Mount Vernon community. Favorite thing about Kenyon: The small size. There's nothing I love more than being able to see familiar, friendly faces everywhere I go.