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Meet an SMA: Kei Helm ’16

October 1, 2015

The Thrill spotlights a Sexual Misconduct Advisor regularly to raise awareness about the resources available to survivors of sexual assault. Remember, the SMAs are subordinate to the Counseling Center, so anything you tell them is kept confidential. They also have an anonymous hotline you can call if you need assistance: 740-358-1544. Stay safe this weekend, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help. Today, we’re featuring Kei Helm ’16 from Wilder, Vermont. 

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Cookie pie or giant cookie?

Having been born on Pi day (3/14), I think I’m going to have to go with the cookie pie.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

Last semester, while I was abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, there was a café called Paludan that had the best brunch plate I’ve ever had. It literally had everything you could want: a smoothie, pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, ham, Danish bread, and so many fruits. What I would give to have that every Sunday morning.

What’s the last good book you read?

I just re-read American Gods by Neil Gaiman, which is a great, gritty fantasy book that imagines what gods from a lot of different cultures (Norse, Egyptian, etc) would be doing if they were living in today’s world. If you’ve never read it, you really should.

Why do you love Kenyon?

Because of the amazingly kind and brilliant people here. It’s hard to ever feel down when I’m surrounded by such a supportive and loving community. Plus Peirce, ’cause Peirce is great.

What’s your favorite place to nap on campus?

Definitely the couches in the tiny study rooms in the Science Quad.

What movie have you watched most frequently? 

Probably The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve always loved it since I was a kid and somehow always end up watching it at least once every year.

Why did you become an SMA?

Partially because someone I looked up to was an SMA while he was here inspired me to be an SMA. Even more so, it was because I realized sexual assault/misconduct was a growing issue around colleges everywhere and it’s an issue plagued by a lot of people not knowing how to seek help and access the resources they need. So I wanted to help tackle that problem and be someone who people could come to for help. Plus, I wanted to help continue the wonderfully unique resource that is SMAs. It’s a resource that I really wish more schools had.

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