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 Yara Al-nouri ’18. 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.
Cats or dogs?
I like cats, but that’s because I was never allowed to have dogs. I really want a pet sloth.
What is the best meal you’ve ever had?
I ate a lot of yemeni food when I moved to Jordan this year, which is a lot of things like chicken that’s really flavorful and pretty spicy, but I just love all food.
What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
I’m from 40 minutes outside of Detroit, and apparently Eminem lives 20 minutes away from my house, so that’s cool. There’s also a Whole Foods pretty close to me, and I love Whole Foods.
Why do you love Kenyon?
It’s a good place to be and think. I really enjoy the connections you can form with your professors. My advisor Professor Itagaki is probably my favorite person on campus. Also you have the opportunity to take so many different classes and expose yourself to new things.
What is the best class you’ve taken at Kenyon?
The Assault of Laughter with Professor Grace was a really good class, and I also really liked Philosophy of Mind and Brain with Joel Richeimer.
What is your advice for staying sane?
Being mindful and pleasant, and really being in the moment. There have been times where I have been very stressed out, and it’s so helpful to figure out what’s going on and think about how to adjust and find a middle or a center. Also, being able to reach out to people and say ‘hey, I just need someone to tell me I’m fine’ is so important.
What good book have you read most recently?
Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon. I would recommend it to absolutely everyone. It’s about how parents love their children, even if they’re really different from them.
Why did you decide to become a PC?
I think everybody who is a PC has experienced hard times or has watched someone go through hard times. As a freshman I had a really difficult year, and I wanted to make sure others were getting help when they feel vulnerable, because you can’t always go to your friends. It’s very important to me to be a resource in the community and to support someone who really needs it.