Episode 57: College as a Small Community

The simple truth is that you can understand a town. You can know and love and hate it. You can blame it, resent it, and nothing changes. In the end, you’re just another part of it.
— Brenna Yovanoff
Living in a small town...is like living in a large family of rather uncongenial relations. Sometimes it’s fun, and sometimes it’s perfectly awful, but it’s always good for you. People in large towns are like only-children.
— Joyce Dennys, Henrietta Sees It Through: More News from the Home Front 1942-1945

This week we take a much more personal approach than usual. Zac Caputo returns as a guest and we discuss our experience at Kenyon College, a small, liberal arts school in rural Ohio. Specifically, we examine the impact student body size has on our social, personal and emotional lives. What are the benefits and drawbacks of small communities respectively? Does this experience distort our reality? Does it help to clarify elements of our lives?