Meet a DA: Lin Miao ’17

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The Thrill spotlights a Discrimination Advisor regularly to raise awareness about the resources available to students on campus in relation to issues of discrimination.  They have weekly Office Hours they announce via email and can also be reached at any time using this form. Stay safe this weekend, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help. Today, we’re featuring Lin Miao ‘17.

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

Salad, because you can put whatever you want in it, that way you can get all the nutrients you need in one food.

What did you think about this morning on the way to class?

How fucking exhausted I was. Can you put that in the article?

What’s the last good book you read?

I recently read The Short Bus, by Johnathan Mooney. It’s a really great memoir, lively, fun. It’s about the time he spent road-tripping across the country and meeting different people. In the book he talks to kids with learning disabilities and learns about what their lives were like, and the mutual experiences he shares with them as he has a learning disability as well.

Who is your favorite/least favorite Disney character?

That’s such a hard question, there are so many great ones. I’d have to say the grandma from Mulan, she’s a badass.

Cheese or chocolate?

Ooh, chocolate. Giving up cheese would be hard though.

Favorite place to nap on campus?

My own bed.

Best Kenyon memory?

Let’s just say it happened last year at Sendoff. Nothing bad happened, my friends and I were being very jovial; it was quite the time.

Why did you become a DA?

I was very close with Alex Britt, ’15, who was a DA Leader and I got acquainted with the program through her. I went to her events, and I thought that what the DAs were doing was cool. I thought they were an admirable group of people and the DAs now are a really admirable group of people, we’re very supportive of each other and of the student body. I definitely feel the need to talk about diversity issues at Kenyon. It’s one thing to say in an abstract way that we want everyone to belong versus actually knowing what people are going through and what their needs are, and concrete ways to support them. As a DA I hope to help bridge the disconnect  between those two things.

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