Quintessential Kenyon: Student Life, Uncut

A Little About Me: An Introduction

Eric Sutton III
September 30, 2015

A lot has changed in the past three years. I’m a few inches taller. I’m healed from a broken jaw (which is a story for a later date). I’m stronger. I’m older — and I can legitimately say I have never felt wiser. Whether my newfound intellectual grace comes from the intense experiences I’ve undergone back at home or from KEEP (Kenyon’s six-week summer educational enrichment program — I’ll be sure to dedicate an entire post to this adventure), everything seems to take second place to what my parents have grown to distinguish as a palpable maturity.

“You’re so … diligent now.”

“You need to shave more.”

“You look so old."

“I love you.”

Every exclamation seems to come from a place that they have yet to discover. A place that, after all my 19 years of living, I still can’t quite pinpoint. Their words have always assuaged my teenage stress. Each comment they make is nostalgic. And we all seem to, at the same moment, take in breaths of memories. Then at once we recall silly childhood moments as we exhale together.

“Remember when you used to run around the house in pull-ups?”

“Remember your seventh grade game?”

"Remember your first crush?” my brother teases.

We've become ceaselessly entangled in our yearnings for the past. In awe of how quickly the years have fluttered away. 

Sometimes when I sit, peering out of a Gund Gallery window, I try hard to see memory’s reflection. Every time, I run into myself. I am reminded of humanness. Oh Kenyon: each student’s fleeting presence spent here is an ode to humanity’s impermanence.

While living on this campus is a magical feeling to say the least, when I’m wrapped in the college’s beauty — her rolling hills, gorgeous treetops and bell towers — I from time to time become saddened by the fact that life seems to never stop here. That I’m growing up far too fast. I just long to slow down and enjoy the allure of this campus; the charm of its inhabitants, if only for a second longer than normal. I love you Kenyon, and I am glad to be back. I am determined to get to know you more, if only for one second longer than last year.

My favorite childhood TV show: "Rocket Power”
Favorite TV show now: “Workaholics”
Favorite TV show ever: “SpongeBob”
Favorite Song Right Now: "Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment
Favorite Album Right Now:  "Preacher’s Son” by TUT
Favorite Singer Right Now: Gallant
Favorite Movie Ever: The Lion King
Favorite Colors: Red, orange, yellow
Favorite Car: Gran Cabrio Maserati
Favorite Planet: Saturn
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Favorite Number: 3
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Building at Kenyon: Lentz House
Professor I Recommend: Assistant Professor of Sociology Justin Schupp