Meet a PC/SMA: Leah Annitto ’16

Thats Leah on the right!

That’s Leah on the right!

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 Leah Annitto ’16 from Princeton, NJ, who is both a PC and an SMA. 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.

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

Cookie pie or giant cookie?

I think it would be easier to mess up a giant cookie because I think it would be easy to end up baking it for the incorrect amount of time and it coming out too crunchy, so I’d have to say cookie pie.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? 

Since I have the palate of a fifth grader, I’d have to go with the meal my mum makes at least once whenever I’m home because it’s my favorite home cooked meal: breaded chicken, steamed broccoli with a little butter and salt, and mashed potatoes. 

What’s the last good book you read? 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I read it for the first time last year while I was abroad, and I read it again this summer. It will most certainly be a book I read every year now.

Why do you love your hometown?

My amazing mum, my doggy, Bean, and my best friend, Maisie.

What’s your favorite place to nap on campus? 

Third floor of Ascension on one of the big comfy couches. I don’t know how anyone ever works in there. Even just sitting down on a chair in there makes me sleepy– it’s like walking into a giant sleeping bag, all cozy and warm.

What movie have you watched most frequently? 

The Princess Bride. No hesitation.

Why did you become a PC? And, since you’re ALSO an SMA, why did you become an SMA? 

I’d like to think I’m a pretty sunshiney person, and if you know me at all I am rather giggly as well (which has allowed me to be dubbed both Jackie Arkush’s AND Gus Riley’s number one fans…positions I hold with great honor and pride) and if I can spread some of that sunshine, happiness, and laughter with the people around me, I consider myself a lucky lady. Being a Peer Counselor and an SMA have allowed me to do that a little bit more. I do not say that trying to make light of anything a fellow Kenyonite has come to me with, whether I am wearing the PC hat or the SMA one, I just mean, I like to laugh and I like to smile, and when I get to help someone tease some tough things out and find a way to smile a little more and be a little happier, it’s a better day for everyone.

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