Advice for Kenyon Kids: Just Try Being Normal

Before you come at me, I already know– it’s not original to clown on liberal arts kids. But if going to school in Gambier has taught me anything, it’s that Kenyon breeds a unique kind of weird. I can’t help but reflect on how this strangeness has impacted my peers and I, for better or for worse. In the hopes of eliminating the “worse,” I have become an advice blogger for the day and crafted a fool-proof list of ways to just be normal. So listen up, fools.

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(Not So) Barenaked (Lords and) Ladies

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Last spring, I visited some friends at Wesleyan University — you know, the school we all got rejected ED1 from — and was at a place called Earth House when I walked into a room full of around 20 people, totally nude, eating cake. They were like, “Yeah, it’s our friend’s birthday, take some cake.” While naked parties are a Wesleyan stereotype, social/public nudity and liberal arts colleges seem to go hand-in-“I was the alt kid in high school”-hand.

All fratty penalty “naked laps” aside, for a school that is (as we hate-love to point out) in the middle of nowhere, we sure spend a lot of time clothed in public. Even the de facto dress code for last weekend’s Shock Your Mom (SYM) was “like, as close to naked as possible” — but not entirely so. The vibe I’ve heard seems to be that full-on nudity crosses from “hip” over to “crunchy,” which Kenyon is decidedly not. So, I couldn’t help but wonder — when it comes to public decency, is Kenyon a bit more conservative than we think we are? As a campus, are we sort of weird about nudity? Continue reading