Sometimes Kenyon students like to lose things. But where do all our wallets, expensive textbooks and black North Face jackets go? Do they sit disintegrating in a shadowy corner of Old Kenyon? Fall into some mystical void? Or do they find new homes? As a prolific contributor to this accidental redistribution of wealth, I’m curious.
I’ve lost an embarrassing number of cardigans, hats and umbrellas in my time. But I’m also a very good finder. If I keep my eyes on the ground sometimes, it’s because I love finding lucky pennies and little bits and bobs that people won’t miss. That’s not to mention the many more things you can find here that aren’t objects at all.
- Things that have gotten lost. Some keys and K-cards find their way home through the Safety office, but umbrellas also tend to conveniently disappear from the lost-and-found on rainy days.
- Things that haven’t even gotten lost. Unlocked bicycles also get “borrowed” sometimes. But you’d better have some good karma stocked up before you try that.
- Illness. As we learned this fall, 18 – 22 year-olds are surprisingly good at getting baby diseases.
- Peirce dishes. Forks on a trash can in front of Wiggins? A lonely cup in the Post Office? Guys. Guys?!
- A hairstyle your mom’s not going to like. Might be staying home for fall break, since your shaved temples didn’t go over well during your last Skype session.
- Magic places. Every time I think I know campus, I find a classroom at a time of day that lights up in the coolest way.
- Unexpected things to love. Whether you intended to be an English major and are now getting ready for Anthropology comps, or expected to be a theater kid and ended up as a Rugby captain, there comes a point where you find yourself in a sixth hour of practice or a meeting at 11:15 pm and realize you wouldn’t have it any other way.
What have you found recently? Let us know.