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Things I’m Thankful for at Bethel

While your Facebook might be covered in your friends’ statuses giving thanks during the month of November, I thought I’d do my own version of what I’m thankful for, as a student of Bethel College. After four years here I have a lot to be thankful for, so check out my list:

1. I’m thankful for the opportunity to attend a college and especially one with as much prestige as Bethel. It’s the only private college in Kansas to be ranked on Forbes.com as one of “America’s Best Colleges,” now that’s pretty awesome!

My friend and teammate, April Harpe and I before our first game.

With my friend and teammate, April Harpe before our first game.

2. I’m thankful for the professors and staff that help make Bethel such a wonderful place. I’ve been privileged to have many that encourage me to become a better student and more importantly a better person. They’ve taught me a great deal about the world and exposed me to new ideas.

3. I’m thankful to be able to play on the basketball team and along with that be coached by some great people. I’m lucky just to have the opportunity to play a collegiate sport. My coaches  at Bethel have confidence in me and push me everyday to get better. 

4. In addition to that I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made on and off the court. The ladies I play with motivate me daily and inspire me to work harder. My friends are always there for me when I need to vent, study, or take a break from the stresses of college. They help me to be more outgoing and allow me to enjoy my time here.

5.  I’m thankful to live on a beautiful campus that is also abundant in squirrels (I have an obsession with them). It is truly a gorgeous campus and one that I’m pretty proud of. 

Nolan dresses as Shrek on Halloween.

Nolan dressed as Shrek on Halloween.

6.  I’m thankful to have a cafeteria that is full of friendly people and a food service director, Nolan Corne who works to make it a welcoming place (especially on Halloween). The cafeteria has improved significantly since I first came here and for that I am extremely thankful! 

7. Another part of my Bethel experience has been the time spent with my host family. Ron and Carol Peters who welcome several students into their home for meals and come support our many events. They can be spotted in the stands of basketball games or crowds of music concerts, usually bearing goodies for us!

8. While I have many things to be thankful for at this college, I’m especially thankful to be a part of this wonderful community. It is supportive of the students and provides a space for lasting relationships. I’m thankful to be a student at Bethel College and that I am able to enjoy all it has to offer.

~Samantha

Top 5 reasons to get excited for Lady Thresher basketball!

This past Monday was the first day of basketball practice. This means our first game will be here before you know it (November 1) and if that’s not reason enough to be excited, here are several others. 

Members of the women's basketball team compete in a tire flipping contest.

Members of the women’s basketball team compete in a tractor tire flipping contest. Photo by Coach Gunderson.

1. We’ve been conditioning for over a month, so we’re feeling bigger, faster and stronger! If you doubt that, check out the picture of us flipping tractor tires. 

2. This year’s team has a new motto: “All In” and we plan to stick to it until the end of the season. We value each other and know we’ll have to all work together to win in our conference.

3. We’ve been working harder than ever, with a new strength and conditioning coach, Brett Gunderson and a new assistant coach, Eddie Henderson, we’ve been pushed to improve everyday. 

4. Our team this year includes several talented freshmen and a few transfers that are great additions. We also have 9 returners from last season, that will provide experience.

5. Not only have we been focusing on conditioning, but we’ve also been growing as a team. Fridays during preseason conditioning were our “competition days” and one time we got to play flag football. We are learning to work together on and off the court and getting to know each other. 

Playing flag football during conditioning.

Playing flag football on “competition Friday” during preseason conditioning. Photo by Coach Gunderson.

These are just the top 5 reasons, but there are many more that get me pumped for the upcoming season. As a senior guard, this is my last year playing collegiate basketball and I plan on making it the most memorable and successful one yet.

I love this team and I look forward to finishing my basketball career playing with them and you should be thrilled to watch us come November!

BC: Senior Edition

Me with my roommate/friend from freshman year. We're finally seniors!

Me (left) with my roommate/friend, Jennifer (right) from freshman year. We’re finally seniors!

I can’t believe it is so, but alas this is my fourth and final year at Bethel College! The years have flown by, I know we hear that all the time, but until now I didn’t realize just how fast my time here has gone. 

I’ll give you a brief recap of my past 3 years at BC. I’ve been a member of the women’s basketball team and am currently in my fourth season. I’ve also been a writer for the Collegian (our student-run newspaper), transitioned to a sports editor, now I serve as the advertising manager. I’ve also expanded the clubs I’m involved in from FCA, to Femcore, Multicultural Student Union, and Photography club, and the Collegian. 

I’ve been extremely impressed at the progress BC has made in the amount of diversity on campus, the cafeteria has improved so much you wouldn’t believe it, and the aesthetic appeal of this campus has been phenomenal.

Not only have I been involved in a multitude of organizations, but I’ve made an enormous amount of new friends. Joining those groups and being in classes with a variety of other people has provided some great experiences and lasting friendships. 

I wouldn’t trade my time at Bethel for anything, I’ve grown as a person spiritually, intellectually, and physically (thanks to basketball). It’s been a great experience so far and I doubt my senior year will disappoint.

I look forward to this final year and the new adventures that it has in store for me!

~Samantha