Quintessential Kenyon: Student Life, Uncut

N is for Nobody should be on campus!

Olubusola "Busola" Olukoya
September 10, 2013

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA for the past couple of months. Life got really crazy over the summer and I just didn’t have any time to blog. However, now that I’m settled in – I hope – to my new triple room in Hanna hall, to the Library and to the Science Quad (I LIVE in these three places, in no particular order), I figured that now is as good a time as any to update you on the “summer that was too short to accomplish anything.”
Since I didn’t expect junior year to come so soon, I made grand summer plans. I now present to you the updated version of my plans for the summer of 2013;

  1. Work on Campus: I think this was probably my most realized goal this semester. I worked during senior week, Alumni Reunion weekend, Summer KAP, an unpaid internship at George’s Memorial Medical Centre in Lagos , and Writing and thinking pre-orientation. Looking back on everything, I feel like I had only 6 weeks of summer and it coincides with when I was in-between jobs, but I loved all my summer jobs. I got to meet cool people and gain so much experience in teaching and healthcare.
  2. Work on that summer bod: This did NOT happen. I added about 9 pounds this summer and I don’t even know where all the new weight was deposited! 
  3. Practice Piano: Err…
  4. Review French: Let’s not even go there!
  5. Visit Home: Lagos is cooler in the summer than Gambier, and as I hadn’t seen my family for a year this was the perfect time to go visiting. 
  6. Be USEFUL at Home: I don’t like to visit home often because it costs a lot of money to purchase an airline ticket to Nigeria and, when I get there, I just end up lying about and accomplishing nothing. This summer, however, I was busy scheduling alumni meet-ups for my high school, working for no pay at the hospital and tackling countless projects that my mum and dad lined up for me. It’s weird that I just pick up my chores from where I left off EVERY SINGLE TIME I go home.
  7. Get back to the game of Golf: Nil.
  8. Study for April MCATs: I paid overweight fees travelling between Nigeria and Kenyon in order to carry the dreaded MCAT prep books that I ended up not using this summer. 
  9. Worry about junior year: Junior year makes me feel so old! With the MCATs coming up, starting research and being banished from my teens, I feel like I’m becoming an adult *sob* 
  10. Meet up with friends I haven’t seen in forever (!):  ‘Nuff Said.
  11. Take really good care of my hair: After days of sustaining pressure from my mum to get my hair done at a salon so I can spend more time with her, I acquiesced and surrendered myself up to a heavy-handed woman for the sake of looking glamorous in less than 4 hours. My head hurt for days but I still look like a diva (holler!), so I guess I can’t complain.
  12. Help out with orientation so I get to come back early to campus and see all the members of the freshman class before everyone else: Done. Done. And done! But, now that school has started, I hate that there are lines in Peirce and that people are studying in all my places. 

Can it please be summer now?