Right now there are tons of Kenyon students who have departed our little hill for a time to go off exploring and learning, enriching their education in almost every corner of the world. Whether you’re abroad as well or still here in the ‘Bier, you might be curious as to what your junior class peers are up to. If you’re feeling a some pangs of loss and separation deep in your heart for your comrades-gone-global, check out some of the awesome things they’re sharing online.
It’s the time of the year when most of the sophomore class is deciding whether or not they will be going abroad, where, and for how long. While we at the Thrill believe that Kenyon’s Off Campus Study office does an excellent job, there are somethings that no one seems to talk about when it comes to off campus study. Our hope is to share the perspectives of studying away from Kenyon that rarely get mentioned. This post features Anna Sophia Ziton ’14, who spent an entire year in Russia, Ben Jacoby ’14, who stayed in the United States, Kate Lindsay ’15, who is currently on the Kenyon-Exeter program, and Olivia Grabar Sage ’14, who decided not to go abroad.
Anna Sophia Ziton ’14 (St. Petersburg, Russia; both semesters):
Although St. Petersburg was rough, I appreciated my time there and, by second semester, I fell in love with it. I would go back in a heartbeat if I had the chance. Still, there are things I wish I had known. Whether or not it would have made a difference, I don’t know. But instead of presenting Study Abroad as nothing but a bouquet of roses, I would have appreciated knowing one or two of the following: