A good college provides ample opportunities for young people to discover where and how they might fit in and contribute. Of course, part of the challenge is in taking the leap and seeing what works and what doesn’t — effort and struggle are an expected part of the game.
As you consider your child’s future, look up close, squint if you must, and examine the details — but try also to take a longer, more distant view.
Kenyon is an inspiring, invigorating place to call home for four years, and it has brought out the best in my own children.
Kenyon doesn’t seem to me to be a bubble of any kind, but instead a place that is openly grappling with the big questions: those of racial awareness and social justice, sexism and violence.
Upending our vague assumptions is one of the best reasons to go to college, of course, so as their mother, I’m glad for both our kids that there is a Greek presence at Kenyon. You know it’s the right college when you realize you have become part of something bigger than yourself and that you do things there you couldn’t do anywhere else.