Meet a PC: Ari Tooch ’19


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 Ari Tooch ’19.  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?
 Dogs. Dogs hands down. I don’t trust cats. I read somewhere that “weaker” people like dogs because they provide constant, consistent love, and I believe it, lol. I thrive on constant emotional validation, and cats are too particular. I know whenever I’m home, my dogs will give me kisses and cuddles no matter how tired or grumpy they are. I don’t have time to wait for a cat to warm up to me.
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Best meal I’ve ever eaten, dang this is a hard one. I really, really love eating. Part of the reason why I love Los Angeles, my hometown, is because there is such a large variety of food. I think I have to go with my favorite restaurants in LA, one a Japanese place and one an Italian place. There’s this whole in a wall Japanese place by my house with the best udon and vegetable tempura that I’ve ever had (mostly because I dont eat fish and I keep kosher). I go there all the time with my best friends from home. The other place is an Italian place in Beverly Hills, which sounds extra but I ate there the first time for my Friday night Bat Mitzvah service. I loved it mostly because my grandma got super drunk and told me how proud she was of me. They also have really good chicken marsala.

When was the last time you laughed really hard?

These are hard questions! I’m very loud and I laugh a lot. I think the time I laugh the most is when I’m on the phone with my mom. We have a very specific humor, and I can twist the most mundane situations into funny events to tell her. So I’ll talk to her about something that’s bothering me, and in explaining it to her it’ll turn into something so hysterical that we’ll both be cracking up.

What never fails to cheer you up?
If you know me, you know that I’m absolutely in love with my bernese mountain dog, Oscar. He’s over 100 pounds and my height when standing up, and arguably the cutest organism on this planet. Leaving home was really hard for me, and last year I would facetime my parents and ask them to put Oscar on the screen. We found that he could recognize my voice, so from time to time I’ll facetime him and it does the trick!


Why did you want to become a PC?

I wanted to be a PC the moment I became a student at Kenyon. In high school I worked on a teen crisis hotline that truly changed my life. Most people underestimate the power of youth, and to be a high school student while simultaneously having experiences of talking people down ledges, supporting victims of abuse, and finding resources for runaways was the most rewarding experience I could ask for. We go to a school in a bubble, and often times it feels as though we have little ability to make change. Being a PC is a way that I can say for certain that my college student is rewarding, and that I have a purpose on this campus. Even if I bomb a test or am in a fight with a friend, my college experience means something because I can help others.

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