Meet a PC: Laura Messenger ’16

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Every week, The Thrill features a member of a student-support organization to bring awareness about the various resources available to the student body on campus. This week, we’re featuring Laura Messenger ’16. Stay safe this weekend, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help.

Cookie pie or giant cookie? Giant cookie. More cookie is always better.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had (excluding cookie pie and/or giant cookie)? I’m not really sure if this qualifies as a meal, but I was backpacking in Colorado for two weeks, and when I finally returned to civilization, the first thing I did was buy a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food and eat it in less than 15 minutes. It was maybe the closest I’ve ever come to true bliss.
What’s the last good book you read? Outside of class, The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. In class, probably Rayuela by Julio Cortázar — it’s a mind trip, but a good one.
Why do you love your hometown? Because Lexington, MA is the birthplace of ‘Murica! We’ve got the Shot Heard Round the World and Paul Revere — what’s not to love?
What is your favorite place to nap on campus? Probably in those study rooms on the third floor with the bean bags by the window. But maybe that’s just because I’m in one of those rooms as I’m writing this, and I’m eyeing the bean bag chair with a growing sense of longing.
What movie have you watched most frequently and why? Honestly, I’ve seen the 1991 musical Newsies starring Christian Bale (that’s right, Christian Bale) probably about 95 times. Who knew that the Newsboys Strike of 1899 could be so uplifting!

Why did you become an PC? I became a PC because I’ve been in a place at Kenyon where I didn’t know where to turn or who to turn to, and I know how hopeless and horrible that can feel. I was able to get out of that place on my own, eventually, but it was lonely and it was hard. I went through the same orientation as everyone else, and I knew the resources that existed on this campus, but I didn’t really understand that it was perfectly normal to reach out to my UCC, PC, SMA or DA, or to the Counseling Center. I joined an organization dedicated to promoting and de-stigmatizing all of the amazing resources we have on campus to decrease those feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and to help those who are going through something similar to what I went through to understand that they don’t have to go through it alone.

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