Welcome to Kenyon: Advice and Musings from Upperclassmen

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Your first weeks at Kenyon are sure to be thrillingly overwhelming. Questions will abound, you’ll be totally freaked out about acquiring alcohol, and you’ll learn that “hall-cest” is something that is best avoided. To help you navigate your early Kenyon days, we asked upperclassmen to pass along their freshest advice for the freshest of people. Here’s what they have to say: 

  • “Go the fuck to sleep when you are tired.”
  • “Don’t worry so much about accomplishing all of the goals that you’ve carried with you to campus. In the process of failing to meet certain expectations, you’ll have extraordinary experiences and you’ll discover unbelievable things about yourself. Learn to be comfortable with failure. Learn this early on in your time at Kenyon.”
  • “Don’t underestimate the power of a well thought out email.”
  • “Dear First Years: I made it through my freshman year even though I pooped in someone’s bed. If I could come out of that with my dignity in tact, there is absolutely nothing in the world you can do that is more embarrassing…And who am I? That’s a secret I’ll never tell.”
  • “Don’t drink vodka straight out of the plastic jug.”

    “To my African American/Black students, be aware that this stereotype threat that psychologists talk about is real. Practice self-affirmation on this campus, because you are about to be thrown onto a White wall (and I say that metaphorically). Not many studies talk about solutions to stereotype threat, that’s why I’m telling you to be aware, because that can add to the levels of stress on campus and make you feel like you don’t belong, but you do! Kenyon is great, but you are greater.”

  • “At night all the floors get sticky.”
  • “…Don’t just stick with the same 3-7 humans you meet the first two days of orientation for the first two months of school. Hang out with different homeskillets everyday!”
  • “Football players may seem scary, but really, they’re just one of you.”
  • “Take a class that you know nothing about subject-wise and sounds interesting. I took intro to Biological Anthropology and now I’m an Anth major and hope to study Bio Anth in the future!”
  • “Please hang out with me. God, I’m so lonely.”

    “Everyone is pretending to be happier/cooler than they actually are. Embrace the awkward of orientation. Eventually you and your true friends will find your way to each other–it’s a combination of reaching out and having patience.”

  • “Make sure you have hardy winter boots that won’t slip on ice. Yak tracks are a great investment.”
  • “Don’t go to parties before 11p.m.. You’ll stand there awkwardly for a really long time and everyone will know you’re a freshman!”
  • “Always opt for an omelette if Jeff is making them.”
  • “Always make time for lunch in your course schedule.”

    “Just because you think you are liberal doesn’t mean you are openminded.”

  • “Especially first semester, think of three words that you want to describe you and try to make sure those words are accurate descriptions. Examples: funny, trustworthy, kind or reckless, happy, bold, or even safe, wise, fun. This tool can help you curb poor, split second, Saturday night decisions that you wouldn’t otherwise make.”
  • “If you are hooking up with someone and feel at all uncomfortable, just leave! You have no obligations to stay if you feel uneasy about the situation. Don’t worry about hurting anyone’s feelings. They will be fine. Put your own safety and comfort first.”

    “Ask for help. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed by academics or emotions, relationships or family, etc. I guarantee your professors and counselors have heard it all are are willing to help no matter how far you think you’ve sunk. You will find that help will always be given at Hogwa–Kenyon to those who ask for it.”

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