College is a stage of our lives where we are often removed from our families for the first time, but this is not always so. Many of us have siblings here, or at other schools, with whom we share very close bonds, experiences, academic interests and even professors. This piece is the sixth in our series on siblings’ relationships in while in college together. This week I got to talk to Michael Duffy ’17 and Kathleen Duffy ’20 about Kenyon, family, and Peirce foods (they could have been mean but they were so nice!).
What made you choose Kenyon?
Michael: I chose Kenyon because of its Drama program, and its proximity to trees and water.
Kathleen: What sold me on Kenyon was probably when I visited Michael for a weekend my junior year. We hopped around to a few parties, screamed/danced frickin’ hard to Blank Space, and when we were walking back at the end of the night I just kinda realized how much I liked being here. Every time I visited a college after that, it was this feeling of “yeah, this is a nice school, but its not Kenyon.”
Kathleen, what was it like coming into college when your brother had already been going here for three years?
Kathleen: It was a little intimidating at first because I didn’t want to just be “Michael’s sister,” but honestly it’s great. Right off the bat I had someone here who I knew I could count on, and it definitely made the transition easier. I like being his sister.
Michael, what was your reaction to Kathleen choosing to come to Kenyon?
Michael: I was always excited for the prospect of my sister coming to Kenyon. My Kenyon experience has and continues to help shape me as a person. I knew my sister would fit right in here at Kenyon. She is a incredibly talented and kind individual, who I thought would both better Kenyon and be bettered by her Kenyon experience.
What’s the best part of being at Kenyon together?
Michael: The best part of being together is I think our weekly breakfast dates. Or seeing my sister start her college experience and me being reminded through her words and eyes of all the joys, fears, and excitements freshman year held. It provides a nice reminder of my Kenyon beginning as I prepare for my exit.
Kathleen: Honestly just having him around. I’d say we’re pretty good friends, and its just nice being able to see him. We have fun together.
Do you have any funny shared memories here on the Hill?
Michael: Her first beer too many.
Kathleen: When I was in high school and came up here to visit Michael, we were walking back to his room and apparently some girl thought we were hooking up which was gross. One time we went to a party together (wearing our matching Bob Evans hats) and Michael straight up just did the dance move from Dirty Dancing to me. One time I got sick threw up and Michael bought me one of those SpongeBob popsicles and walked me back to his house and I fell asleep there ’til like 6:00A M. I don’t know, I think we do and say a lot of weird stuff that we think is hilarious but is lame to everyone else.
What Peirce food best represents your sibling?
Michael: peas and carrots
Kathleen: a good ‘ole pierogi