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Parking: South lot is the hardest place to park.

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Parking: Parking is not a problem if you don't mind a five-minute walk to the freshman lot. I need a car because I couldn't stay in Gambier for the entire year, and I don't like to depend on other people. Don't let other people use you, though, but having a car is definitely a huge benefit.

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Parking: It's annoying. They make the freshmen park really far away from the freshman dorms when there are perfectly good and open spaces right outside the door. You don't need a car, but it's really nice to have one if you want to get off campus and not just take the shuttle to Mt. Vernon. Chances are you'll definitely have more than one friend who has a car.

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Parking: Upperclassmen are given stickers (either North or South) based on their housing assignment. About one-fourth to one-third of the students bring cars, and there is a minor parking crunch because while there are enough spaces to accommodate the drivers, good spaces (closest to the dorms or other popular locations) are hot commodities.

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Parking: Parking is awful. At the same time, I wouldn't want to see parking lots take over Kenyon's greenery, so I guess we have to deal with it. Surprisingly, parking was easiest my sophomore year when I lived in Mather. We had access to Bexleys and Caples lot and Bexley Hall, and I usually got a spot. Freshman year, prepare to hike, junior and senior year, good luck getting a spot at Leonard or Manning-you probably won't. You don't need a car, unless you have an off-campus job, but it is handy. However, enough people have cars (judging from the crowded parking lots), that one is not necessary.

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Parking: Many similarly small schools do not allow freshmen to bring cars. Kenyon places no such restrictions on its newcomers. However, there is a built in deterrent, as freshmen are required to park on the south end of campus, which is at the opposite end from their dorms.

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Parking: A wrinkle in the parking situation is that because the College and the Village of Gambier are literally intertwined, student drivers are subject to both the school's parking regulations and those of Gambier. The spaces on the main roads are governed by the Gambier sheriff.

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Transportation: Columbus is 90 minutes away, no fooling. However, with the number of cars floating around, it is easy to get away as there are shuttles to Mt. Vernon. You rarely need to get off campus for material reasons-most often it's psychological.

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Transportation: I thought I'd want to get off campus all the time because I thought Gambier would be constraining, but I was completely wrong. When I do want to get off campus, it is very easy. The shuttle service goes to Mt. Vernon pretty much all the time. The shuttle driver is very flexible and will take you almost anywhere. One time I was sick and he took me right back to my dorm. All-campus e-mails make getting to Columbus, the airport, and other cities extremely easy. Chances are, you can catch a ride to pretty much any major Midwestern city when you need to go.

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Transportation: It's very easy to get off campus if you have a car. I need to get off this campus once a week, and remember there is a real world outside of our little town. If you have a car, that's one less worry because you can take care of yourself without the aid of another person.

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Transportation: The public transportation within the Gambier Corporation limits consists of the mile-long footpath known as Middle Path, which stretches the length of the campus. Kenyon's campus is small enough that virtually any spot is reachable with a 15-minute walk.

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Transportation: There is a shuttle that runs twice a month to Columbus-for those who need a taste of the city.

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Transportation: In terms of public transportation out of Gambier, there is a shuttle that drops students off in different points in Mt. Vernon. It runs hourly in the afternoons and evenings on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. It is no cost to students, and is a perfect way to escape the hill for a bit, either for a meal, some shopping, or to see a movie.

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Weather: Bring some cool clothes for when you first get here. Remember, it's not cold in August, but bring your warmer clothes, and don't forget your raincoat or your umbrella.

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Weather: I made the mistake of bringing about 10 tank tops, only one of which I used, and I used it as fabric for my quilt-making class. Bring sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters, along with a light, medium, and heavy jacket. I would strongly suggest getting a pair of UGG boots. Don't bring just heavy clothes, though. The weather can be spastic, and you'll find yourself taking off your winter coat and putting on a short sleeve shirt and shorts all within the same day.

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Weather: Winter lasts from late October to late March or early April, and is characterized by unrelentingly grey skies, chilly winds, and a great deal of ice, but not much snow. It is pretty in a masochistically desolate sort of way. Bring a warm coat, a scarf, earmuffs, ankle warmers, and warm boots. However, fall and spring are so beautiful it is quite possible your heart will explode every time you walk outside.

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Weather: As for the seasons and your clothing-this is Ohio. I emphasize layers-the temperature fluctuates as much as 10 degrees from one hour to the next. Bring tank tops, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and sweaters. I guarantee you would be comfortable in one of each throughout the course of an average day. Bring mittens, a cute hat, boots, and an umbrella.

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Weather: Shortly before Thanksgiving break, the mercury dips to the 40s and 30s and stays that way until the middle of February.

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Weather: It's hot as hell when you get here in August and the beginning of September, but then it cools off really nicely in September and early October. Winter seems to settle in around mid-October, and then you'll definitely need a warm winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf-the works.

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Weather: The first few weeks in late August and early September are hot, with most days being at least 75, and some touching 90. The beginning of October marks the beginning of fall, and temperatures cool to the 60s on most days. This is also the time when the leaves begin to turn, and the rural campus is at the height of its beauty.

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Weather: With the exception of last year, which was inordinately snowy across the country, Kenyon only gets a little snow each winter.

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Weather: Dressing for success in this weather pattern requires a heavy jacket for the winter and sweaters in the colder months, but that is bookended by an almost equal amount of time in shorts.

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Overall Experience: The people are incredible and have made my college experience wonderful. Kenyon is the perfect college for anyone who is serious about their studies, and life in general. And of course, you'll have an incredible time.

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Overall Experience: The best part about the Kenyon experience is the feeling that you get from being there-a feeling that is not quantifiable, and requires a first-hand knowledge of the place to understand. It is not merely one aspect of community, but rather the sum of many things that contribute to this feeling of comfort and warmth that Kenyon seems to exude.

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Overall Experience: Kenyon's a place where all the smart but quirky kids from high school came. We like to learn for learning's sake, but we also like to have fun. We play sports, we sing a cappella, we star-gaze, and we play ultimate Frisbee. There's definitely something to be said for 1,600 kids who want to spend four years in the middle of nowhere. We care about our education, but we really care about who we learn with. The people here are awesome, and if you take the time to get to know people, you'll always be presently surprised. Cliché? Maybe, but I think it's true.

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Kenyon College is a small school in rural Ohio. Located in the middle of cornfields, "remote" doesn't even begin to describe its location. Gambier consists of one block with a convenience store, bookstore, and two restaurants; the nearest Walmart is 15 minutes away by bus, and the local movie theater has only two screens. For all of its location flaws, the College has a certain charm. Kenyon wasn't named the "most beautiful college campus in the world" for nothing. Those who step onto the campus are immediately awed by the Gothic architecture, landscaped lawns, and inviting atmosphere.

Part of Kenyon's charm is that it attracts students who really want to be there, rather than those who want the location or name. Students bond over the remote location as much as they do over living in the dorms for four years or dining in the only dining hall on campus. This leads to a cohesive student body that's willing to shape the College it attends. Student groups on campus are very active in the life of the College, and many decisions are put to an all-campus vote.

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