Kenyon Siblings: The Inciardis

img_6637-e1517966967492.jpgThis piece is the latest in a series on relationships between siblings who not only came out of the same womb but also came to live on the same campus. It’s Kenyon Siblings and this week I got to talk to Ana Inciardi ’19 and Alex Inciardi ’21 about singing, surprises, secret societies, sculptures and of course, being sisters.

Alex, why did you choose Kenyon and how did having Ana here influence your decision to come to Kenyon?

Alex: When I would come and visit her I would just be totally comfortable here. It was all just normal to be in Olin or Peirce with Ana’s friends. I came to visit four times in two years. The first time I saw the Owl Creek’s Concert I was like okay, yeah I should go here.

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Kenyon Siblings: The Schiffs

schiff1This piece is the latest in a series on relationships between siblings who share not only a dining hall but also 50% of their DNA. This week I was able to talk to Maddie Schiff ’18 and Ruby Schiff ’21 about applying to Kenyon, Crane Lake, and definitely NOT $75 million dollars.

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Kenyon Siblings: The Chadalavadas

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Here at Kenyon College we laugh when the Pierce allergen signs claim broccoli and cheese soup doesn’t contain milk. We cry when we mistakenly wear shorts on a 35 degree sunny day, defeated again by the ever changing Ohio climate. We eat pizza at 2am whilst considering the feeble state of our existence. But, what is all of that without someone to share it with? That’s what Sriya Chadalavada ’19 and Srila Chadalavada ’20 thought when they decided to share the experience that is Kenyon College with their sibling. Who better to share this whirlwind with than your womb-mate?

What made you both decide to come to Kenyon?

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Look at these two cuties!

Sriya: I went to a high school in a rural area that offered small classes. Kenyon shared those qualities. I also liked Kenyon because it was fairly close to my hometown, Cincinnati.

Srila: I originally tried to apply to a completely different set of school from Sriya. Kenyon was the one school on her list that I still really wanted to apply to. It’s small  tight knit community and not too far from home, while having all the perks of a liberal arts school. Kenyon just happened to be perfect for both of us!

Sriya, what was your reaction to Srila choosing to come here?

Sriya: We actually went to boarding school together so I had missed her a bit during my freshman year. I was really glad that she picked Kenyon!
Do you see each other on campus often?

Sriya: Yeah, I would say we do. We have lunch together sometimes, and last semester we took a dance class together!

Srila: We see each other on campus all the time! I love eating meals with her! I always go to her when I need advice on anything.

What has been your best Kenyon sibling memory?

Sriya: When I left my k-card in my room and needed to get back into Caples right before a class. Srila ran over from the library to let me in. What does it say about me that this memory is my favorite?

Srila: When I came to visit Sriya during her first parents weekend, we met a llama at the BFEC. It was a very enjoyable time and that experience sold me on the Kenyon experience.

What’s the best part of going to school with a sibling?

Sriya: I know I have someone here who’s always got my back

Srila: I went to boarding school with my sister too, so I feel like we’ve gotten good at finding our own things to do but, also things we do together. I think the best part is knowing that she’s so close by if I need anything.

I heard through the grapevine that you Srila choose to join AST, which you Sriya are an active member of. How do you two feel about the prospect of being siblings twice over?

Sriya: I’m excited! I think she’s really going to love being a part of the group.

Srila: This is kind of a funny story. I told my roommate before the beginning of the semester that I would rush any sorority except AST  because Sriya was in it. I also jokingly said “but just wait, it’s going to be perfect for me and I’ll probably end up joining” which is exactly what happened. I personally think that not many people can say that they are sisters^2 so I’m all for it.

What Peirce food represents you as Kenyon siblings?

Sriya: The fro-yo… Its presence in Peirce is just as constant as our relationship.

Srila: Chickpeas. Just kidding she’s allergic to them so she can’t eat them. But I can. So I win.

 

Kenyon Siblings: The Sawayas

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Dounia and Ambert making their parents proud

Two years apart, Ambert (’17) and Dounia (’19) Sawaya have never shared a dorm room here at Kenyon, but they do share the same mom. By some stroke of chance ended up in front of me in the Peirce atrium. It’s not too often that siblings have the chance to share their college experience, so I was jazzed to sit down and chat with these womb-mates about the wonders of living on the hill alongside a brother or sister. This piece is the eighth in our series of sibling relationships here at Kenyon College. Continue reading

Kenyon Siblings: The Baldassarres

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J.T. and Marie feat. matching flannels

College marks a time in our lives when we’ve left the comfort of our familial homes to brave it by ourselves in the wilds of academia. Some of us are fortunate enough to have a spiritual guide through this process in the form of a sibling. This piece in the seventh in our series of sibling relationships here at Kenyon College. This week I cornered Marie Baldassarre ’17 and J.T. Baldassarre ’20 in Wiggin to talk about Kenyon, their relationship, and their worst fight.

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Kenyon Siblings: The Duffys

 

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look at these kids!

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 sixth in our series on siblings’ relationships in while in college together. This week I got to talk to Michael Duffy ’17 and Kathleen Duffy ’20 about Kenyon, family, and Peirce foods (they could have been mean but they were so nice!).

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