Study Abroad Sound-Off

The deadline for the OCS application is coming up in just a few short days. If you’ve been undecided/confused/lost about the process, have no fear; the upperclassmen of the Thrill staff are here to save you! Below are just a few stories. Their sample size does not in any way represent each and every perspective, but regardless hopefully this helps clear some things up.

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If I Went Off-Campus, So Can You

The Newberry Library, one of the most amazing places on the planet. (via Wikipedia Commons)

I cry easily. In fact, I have crying in public down to a science. On this map, I have more instances of public weeping than anyone else on the Thrill’s staff. This is not something I take lightly. I have anxiety. Consistently nervous about absolutely everything, I have difficulties talking to people, speaking up in classes, and a whole lot of other stuff that I won’t bother you with. Some days even walking across campus is hell for me because of my constant negative thoughts. When it comes to People Who Probably Shouldn’t Leave Campus For A Semester, I thought I’d be on the top of the list. But when I was presented with an opportunity that I was too excited to say no to, I left.

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s Newberry Seminar is a semester-long program in Chicago where participants have the opportunity to do primary source research in the coolest library in the world. While there, I worked closely with dedicated professors and students and was intensely engaged in my academic work. It was academically rigorous, but I don’t think I’ve had more fun in my life. My program is not for everybody, but it was perfect for me. Continue reading

10 o’clock list: Things I Missed While Abroad (But Not Really)

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It’s the first week of Spring semester, and that means one thing: an influx of Juniors back on the Hill. Returning to Kenyon for the first time in months means that Juniors who studied off-campus must become reacquainted with everything they missed while they were gone. And it’s a wonderful time to reflect on the little things that make Kenyon special.

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Finish Your OCS Applications!

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Get your butts in gear

Sophomores- the time to finish your OCS applications is here. I know I speak for many of us when I say that I’ve been putting this off as long as possible, but the time for procrastination is over. Electronic components of the application are due TONIGHT at 11:59 p.m, and a hard copy of the Department Approval/Advisor Confirmation form is due at the CGE office today at 12:00 p.m -that’s noon, folks. Continue reading

From Cape Town: A Perspective on Nelson Mandela


Photo Courtesy of Janie Simonton

“Once Mandela dies, you need to head to a rural farm and hide in the bush for a while because things are going to get really violent.”

I’m currently studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and have been hearing things like this all semester. This particular quote, from one of my friend’s host fathers, who was a detective during apartheid, is particularly haunting. His words aren’t the only ones that resonated, though. My neighbors in Langa, a township I stayed in for three weeks, speculated that Mandela’s death would mean instant race riots. People, she explained, are only keeping the peace to honor Mandela, but once he dies, there’s no reason not to unleash built-up aggression.

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