Coming Out via Twitter, G-Chat, and the Kim K Game

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There are many ways to come out to your friends and family.  Some of them involve sitting down and talking to your family.  However, that’s boring.  Why do that when you can either accidentally come out to people or come up with inventive ways to do so?

  • My favorite way that I’ve came out to someone was when I accidentally came out to my Grandma and Aunt on Twitter.  So, basically, I forgot that Twitter wasn’t just me shouting into the void and tweeted something about Hillary Clinton being the candidate who cared about LGBT equality and thus me.  A couple of days later, my Grandma replied to the tweet saying she loved me and supported me.  A couple of minutes after that, my Aunt texted me with a similar message.  I wasn’t sure how to respond and was kind of overwhelmed, so I didn’t respond to them right away.  When I did, I opened with, “This isn’t how I imagined coming out to the family, but…” Continue reading

Kenyon Cousins: Caroline Borders ’16 and Porter Morgan ’18

Caroline Borders '16 and Porter Morgan '18 enjoy a sunny day

Caroline Borders ’16 and Porter Morgan ’18 enjoy a sunny day

Kenyon is such a small school that sometimes the friends you make start to feel like family. But for some people, they really are your family. In this feature, we’ll be interviewing some Kenyon cousins to get a feel for their experiences at Kenyon. I talked to Caroline Borders ’16 and Porter Morgan ’18 to learn more about their family affairs. Continue reading

First Thanksgivings

For first-years going home for Thanksgiving Break, the first Thanksgiving home can be enormously exciting but also nerve-wracking. You haven’t been home since either August or October if you went home for fall break, and you likely haven’t seen your high school friends since you all left for college with teary eyes and packed cars. A lot changes in three months. Perhaps you got a new piercing, have a significant other, party more, or party less. College is a time of incredible growth, but with growth comes change, and there is no other time more poignant than the first Thanksgiving Break to realize and feel that change. We asked our upperclassmen writers a few questions about their first break home.

What were your expectations going into your first Thanksgiving home?

Literally all I cared about was hugging my mom. I don’t remember having any grand expectations or anything. I just wanted to hug my mom (and dad and sister) and have some time away from school.

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Project Open Voices: Family

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The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of Project Open Voices, a coalition of students providing a platform for open dialogue on campus. Today’s essay is titled “Family” and was authored anonymously. POV is always accepting new submissions, so if you want to share your story, email openvoicessubmissions@gmail.com. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can submit by signing into a second email account: projectopenvoices@gmail.com (password: kenyoncollege). POV meets Saturdays at 4pm in the Bemis music room in Peirce; new faces are always welcome. 

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Parents Weekend: A Comprehensive Guide

Family Weekend: the best time of the year. Make sure not to miss out on the fun and shenanigans!

Family Weekend: the best time of the year. Make sure not to miss out on the fun and shenanigans!

With Parents Weekend coming up this weekend, you may be wondering what to do or where to take your parents or friends’ parents. Luckily for you, Kenyon has an insanely large amount of fun things to do this weekend, so whether you like to cheer on a team, hear music, or watch the stars, Kenyon has something for you!

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10 o’clock list: Members of Your Kenyon Family

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Kenyon is our little home away from home. During these four years, we spend more time overall on campus than we do at home anyways. The people you meet and interact with on a daily basis fill the role of your family. If you think about it in general, it makes sense — we’re dysfunctional and full of angst, yet deep down, we love each other in a weird, warm-fuzzy kind of way. More specifically, many of your Kenyon peers can be assigned specific family roles based on their typical interactions with you. See if your friends fall into any of these potential categories!

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Kenyon Plus Sibling

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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 first in a planned series on relationships with one’s siblings while in college.

I was a little apprehensive to come to the same school as my sister. We’d both gone to the same, small, high school, been involved in the same activities, had the same teachers, even the same friends. My sister and I are very close, but I always felt that I was following in her shadow. Continue reading