It was my first day at the University of Exeter. I had spent two days traveling, and the amount of dry body sweat layered on new sweat on another layer of dry sweat was approaching a dangerous level. As we left the bus in a Kenyon cluster like a strange Midwestern cult, we watched as Sarah Heidt and Sergei waved enthusiastically from the sidewalk with their matching windbreakers and brown sensible shoes.
Tonight’s list is brought to you by friend of The Thrill Ben Ros ’14.
Being an English major isn’t always easy. Sometimes we have to look up words, and sometimes, they’re not even in English. Listen, I’m not saying we’re Kenyon’s hardest-working, but … well. Anyway, good guy that I am, I put together a few vocab words so that you can get back to work without actually using a dictionary. Oh, and you non-majors pay attention: drop a few of these bad boys in your 9:10 a.m. class discussion and that doe-eyed Chekhov lover will be chopping down your cherry orchard/that strapping young Faulkner fan will be bringing his sound and fury by lunchtime. To make it even easier for you, I’ve included modern examples to accompany the classics listed below, just in case it wasn’t on your required reading.
Good news, English majors, in a strange turn of events, the Wall Street Journal has endorsed the genteel study of dusty books over the more brash Business major. In, “Wealth or Waste? Rethinking the Value of a Business Major,” Melissa Korn reports that English majors are better hires than their more specialized peers. Looks like your Dad finally has something to brag about to his Wharton friends at tee time!