A Comprehensive Guide to Fall Break

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Ah yes, the sweet and only four-day weekend Kenyon offers is finally upon us. Sleeping into the afternoon, staring at the ceiling, and convincing yourself that the paper for next week will get done on Sunday. But what if this year you did just a little more? This is the part when you retort with a “what even is there to do everything I touch is just endless farmland and depressing reminders that on November 8th a lot of people around me are going to vote for Donald J. Trump.” To which I reply, I know this already–but there is also a lot you have yet to uncover! Which is why we’ve come to your rescue: below is a fairly developed list of possible things to do for the next fall break. Have an idea that wasn’t on the list? Add it in the comments!

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First Years Sound Off: Fall Break

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Make like a tree and get outta here!!

Fall break is the first real chance to relax or return home during the school year, and it can lead to some interesting moments. Some of our new writers comment on their experiences during their very first reading days below!

These past days marked my first encounter with the Krud, and though it stinks to be sick on vacation it was probably the best timing for the scourge of pestilence to strike. Luckily, my roommate went home and avoided experiencing my snuffling and wheezing around the dorm. I felt no shame in hauling myself to Peirce bleary-eyed and red-nosed, and I had no regrets about purchasing late-night bookstore ice cream to ‘soothe my throat.’ Treat.Yo. Self. Plus, I had no classes or commitments to keep me from cocooning in my pajamas and watching childhood movies (seriously, how good was The Aristocats?) A big highlight was my wonderful mother sending me a package of my warmer clothes and winter blankets from home, but even better than the fuzzy sweaters was the cardboard box which I proceeded to sit in for the better part of the afternoon whilst blasting Queen. So overall, I’d say it was a good time and a welcome break from pretending to be a quasi-adult.

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What to do With Your Fall Break

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Hello and welcome to The Thrill‘s guide to navigating a long weekend on the hill! Considering it’s our only casual break in the academic year, reading days are a big deal here. We’re not getting time off for a holiday, but we’re not getting a whole week to just travel to wherever-the-hell, so a lot of students stay on campus and get creative with their freedom. Plenty of people are content with relaxing their Daze away and taking advantage of the breathing space the break gives them. But for the others who maybe want to try something new, boy oh boy do we have a few tricks up our sleeves for you!

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Weekend Drink: Reading Days Cider

Here's the majestic view you can stare blissfully while you ease back pretend there's nothing else you need to be doing

Here’s the majestic view you can stare blissfully while you ease back pretend there’s nothing else you need to be doing.

Well, Fall is here, and as is tradition, so is pumpkin flavoring.  Pumpkin flavored everything.  Coffee, cake, cookies, water, pumpkins…the list goes on and on.  And on.  (Until December rolls around, which it’s then immediately replaced with peppermint.)  Anyway, despite my prejudice against the sickening cascade of pumpkin that’s about to descend upon us all, it’s Reading Days!  So relax, sit out on a porch somewhere before it gets too cold, and watch the leaves change color while you still can.  Or before you have to finally get to all that work you’re actively ignoring right now. Here’s a drink to complement the perfect weather and the fact that we (pretend we) don’t have any work to do:

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Weekend Playlist: Reading Days

Reading Days – spend them with people you love.

Hey y’all – your friendly Thrill music guru Dan Rasch here.  If we haven’t already been introduced, I’m the guy who takes it upon himself to ensure that your ears are consistently up to speed with the latest in Kenyon music, as well as anything else out there I think you should be listening to.

Reading Days (“Fall Break“) has become a kind of sacred holiday while I’ve been here: four days of (mostly) work-free time spent chilling with friends, exploring the greater Gambier area, and basking in the only consistently awesome period of weather we get all year. Seriously. This is going on my fourth year at Kenyon and Reading Days has NEVER seen a raincloud. Fingers crossed, of course, but it’s looking like this year will be no exception.

In the spirit of this special “extendo” weekend, then, here are some weekend tunes (of Kenyon origin & otherwise) that you should throw on during your copious amounts of relaxation time.  Cheers! Continue reading