When I picture happiness in my mind, a recurring image that comes to me is the summer greens of Gambier, Ohio. They are different from the deep mountain-ish foliage that surrounds and swallows you completely. Instead, I find them entirely inviting. They are lighter, mintier, livelier and filled with laughter. The greens in Gambier make you want to go swimming in the Kokosing River without caring if your feet stir up the mud on the bottom; they call you to play frisbee at sunset with barbecues on the side. Last summer, I spent the whole month of June at Kenyon alongside 100 of my classmates, and, quite literally, I would not trade it for the world.
I worked at a financial services firm based in Chicago during the summer of 2021, but the nature of having a remote job allowed me to take in as much Kenyon air as possible. I lived in a four-person apartment on the north end of campus with one of my closest friends, Zoë, and two other girls whom I had the pleasure to become closer with, Sarah and Liv. They truly made our house a home.
As I reflect on my experience last summer, my fondest memories always rest somewhere between Saturday sunrise and after its sundown.