Dumbest Thing I Ever Did: First Year Intros

Dumbest Thing I Ever Did: First Year Intros

Picture this: August, 2014, fresh from Outdoors Pre-O, but not yet through the weird-but-friendly social hellscape that is First Year Orientation. So many new people in a relatively new place. Just as David Foster Wallace once professed, “this is water” as a call to clarity in the face of oppressing banality, I was strikingly aware of the voice in the back of my head that said “these are going to be your friends for the next four years, make a good impression or be left by the wayside.” Continue reading

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Where Was It Said: Orientation or in Bed?

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Ah Orientation…long, belabored, and sticky–one of the most awkward weeks of our college careers. Let the record show that orientation is in no way…sexy. But still, we’ve noticed some shockingly coincidental euphemisms littered throughout conversations these past few weeks. That’s right….we’re bringing back one of our favorite games: where was it said– orientation or in bed? Continue reading

No Fear Gambier: Myths About Scary Upperclassmen, Busted

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Well, today’s the day. The rest of campus moves in and first-year orientation comes to a close. For you lil’ fresh-babies, college continues to become a tangible reality and it’s overwhelming. How are you supposed to get comfortable in your new environment when there are swarms of cool and confident upperclassmen stomping around? Isn’t this their world and you’re just living in it? What is it that makes upperclassmen so scary? We’re here to bust some myths about your newfound community. Hopefully you can make yourself at home with a clearer mind. Continue reading

Kenyon Lingo: A Crash Course for First-Years

So, Class of 2019, you’re finally here! As upperclassmen start moving in, you might hear more and more nicknames and buzzwords being thrown around that are unfamiliar. But no one wants to be that first-year who has to ask, so you’ll probably smile knowingly and nod as if you’ve been to that place/met that person/done that thing millions of times. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ll never forget dragging my friend towards the Aclands one Friday night towards the beginning of my first year, happily yelling “Let’s go to New Apts!” But, not to worry, we here at The Thrill have your back. If you ever find yourself in one of those situations, check out this list and never confuse The Collegian and The Collegiate again!

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Freshman 15: Places You Should Know (in Mount Vernon)

The Knox County Courthouse – not included in our list because we surely do hope you never have to go to this building (via markspearmanphotography.com)

Welcome to Kenyon, First Years! Pretty soon you will be pulling into Gambier and ready to start the school year – but before you dive right into life as a Kenyon student, we’ve pulled together a list of businesses in Mount Vernon (our much larger neighbor to the West) that we think you should become familiar with. Check out the list after the break!

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The Hidden Secrets of Gambier

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Oh is it good to be back. For those who are returning for their second, third, or fourth (or let’s be honest maybe fifth) year, welcome back. For those who are entering their first year–WELCOME to this part of your life. You’re going to be thrown into hours and hours of orientation events–ice cream socials, panels, and my personal favorite: singing. Those first few weeks are a lot of information, so I’m here to give you more.

It’s no secret that Gambier is a small town. To the naked eye, the village has the bare necessities of food, drink, postage, and soap. But if you dig a little deeper into the resources of hill, you’ll find some pretty great treasures.

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Overheard at Orientation

Overheard at Orientation

Orientation is a week I’m sure we’d all rather forget–but just kidding I won’t let you! Here are some choice snippets from the past seven days, from both students and parents alike.

Super great and helpful mom in the Deli: “Jason? JASON? Come over here, I’m making friends for you!”

Super terrifying yet cavalier mom at Convocation: “When my daughter went away to college she would call me every Sunday night. Except one Sunday she didn’t call–she broke the routine. So I called the police and they found her in another girl’s dorm room, and they waited there until she called me.”

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