It seems to me that I must have skipped October. Something happened and I think I blinked too long. Suddenly it's November and this semester is on the downhill slide. I think I also missed fall break--I am so looking forward to that Thanksgiving week Wednesday with no school.Forgive me, I am just tired!Things have been going well lately at Bethel. I nailed a couple tests and worked up some four octave scales. But what makes me sad I suppose is the fact that everybody in my class (senior) is talking about what they will be doing next year. And me... I will still be here at Bethel. I'm majoring in Music Education and it is a five year degree. Although I came to Bethel with more than a few hours from my high school years, I still have another year. Community members and people from my hometown ask me, "are you DONE yet?" I have to admit, I get a little tired of explaining myself. On another note, this is the only semester that I get to take an elective, and I'm really enjoying it! I'm taking studio fundamentals and it has been challenging, but rewarding. The first project was an ink drawing. A compilation animal of at least five different animals. Mine ended up having frog legs and body, a cow's head, hippo nose, goat arms, fish fins on the back and a squirrel tail. As a finishing touch, she had on lipstick and was carrying an alligator handbag. Our second project was a two-way painting. I chose a page from National Geographic to paint. A South-American landscape with a native woman holding a child. Those two projects were hard!The most fun I've had so far is with our sculptures. There was a wire sculpture, where we had to do at least two figures (as full figures, not stick ones), and a setting for them to be in. I did two musicians playing a duet on clarinet and flute--and there was a music stand between the two. The project I'm working on now is from a plaster chunk that was formed in a 44oz cup. It is going to be a caricature of a swan. The next project is embroidery! I'm especially pumped for this one I enjoy this studio class a lot more than I thought I would. It's a very relaxing atmosphere, and I also enjoy working while nobody else is there. Sculpting gives me time to just sit with my thoughts--and there isn't another activity I do that allows me that freedom. I encourage everybody to try to squeeze in a class to simply enjoy.
Bethel College is a four-year, private, primarily residential, liberal arts college. Students may participate in campus spiritual life, fine arts activities, sports and more than 50 clubs and organizations. Bethel’s academic buildings, including its historic Administration Building, the Krehbiel Science Center and the James A. Will Family Academic Center, are clustered around the Green, an open grassy area where students gather. The college year consists of fall and spring semesters, a January interterm and a summer term.