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 Erin Ginsburg ’16 from Dallas, TX. Stay safe this weekend, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help.
If you want to speak to a PC, they have Office Hours in the new Health and Counseling Center. Drop by and talk to a PC every Sunday-Thursday, 7-9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. Or call their 24/7 hotline at 740-398-3806.
Cookie pie or giant cookie? Neither — I have Celiac’s and can’t eat gluten. Ice cream all the way!
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had (excluding cookie pie and/or giant cookie)? My mom’s chicken parmesan and pasta with a slice of her amazing italian wedding cake after. She’s incredible.
What’s the last good book you read? We just finished Fun Home by Alison Bechdel for my senior seminar. It’s a graphic memoir and tragicomic about her father and her relationship with him. He died when she was twenty, right after she came out to her parents, and soon after that she learned he was also gay. So the memoir is her way of navigating and piecing together the different parts of her father.
Why do you love your hometown? Dallas is underrated. I mean it isn’t Austin, which has its own vibrant culture and reputation and such, but there’s more to Dallas than people realize. I love its food culture — it has some of the best restaurants and cuisine in the country — and I love its attitude. You learn it best by driving, since it’s a grid and you can just take road after road and easily circumnavigate the city. I love that, too.
What is your favorite place to nap on campus? Besides my bed? Third floor reading room in the library.
What movie have you watched most frequently and why? Monty Python and the Holy Grail, because it’s perfect.
Why did you become a PC? By the end of my freshman year, I had realized that while Kenyon had one of the best counseling centers of any college and had a much healthier attitude toward mental health than many other places, there was still a huge gap between the student body and all of the resources offered to it, like the SMAs and DAs. By becoming a PC, I could not only link others to all of these amazing people who would provide them with support, but I could also be part of their support system. I’m a huge advocate for mental health awareness and have always wanted to both support those struggling in any way and educate others about mental health and well-being. The PCs allowed me to do all of this and more.