Coming back from my semester in Russia, I have had a lot of time to reflect on some of the best parts of Kenyon — the parts that make this Hill a real community. Although there are hundreds, I wanted to narrow down my list to a few that really stick out to me and make Kenyon the place that it is.
Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to plan and carry out a Weaver Wednesday for the Not For Sale Campaign. While I’d attended the weekly event many times before, planning Weaver Wednesday gave me a completely new perspective.
It can be easy to look at beautiful websites and students beaming in college brochures’ glossy photographs and expect that that flawless, cheery person will always be you. It won’t. This isn’t because there’s something wrong with Kenyon. It’s because no matter how much you connect with an environment, you can’t escape the reality: Life brings both highs and lows.
This past Wednesday, my advisor, Professor Natalia Olshanskaya, passed away. Professor meant so much to the Russian department, to the Kenyon community and to me.
Kenyon’s campus looked a bit different as the last week of classes began and finals approached.