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Newton’s River Walk

I recently took my dog on a walk along the river that runs through Newton and eventually turns into the Sand Creek that lies just east of Bethel. The city of Newton has done a great job with providing sidewalks, dog pick-up bags and benches along the length of the walking path. The scenery is unexpectedly serene and beautiful, especially with the heart of Newton being just a block away.

One small thing was missing from the lovely path though — sufficient lighting! I went walking around 8:30 p.m., and there was an obvious lack of lighting on the sidewalks along the river. With the temperatures warming up, people are going to want to be walking, running or riding their bikes in the evening, and the sidewalk is far too dark to be considered safe for nighttime.

I would highly recommend taking a stroll down the path along the river. It’s a perfect study break and a change of scenery that’s only about a mile from campus. However, if you’re going at night, be sure and take a flashlight!

 

Introducing Eric

Hey, anyone and everyone who reads Bethel blogs!

My name is Eric Preheim and I am a junior here at Bethel. I was born in Kansas City, Kansas, grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. I came to Bethel as a 4th-generation legacy student. I have been fortunate enough to play soccer with Bethel in my three years here so far. I am a double major in business and psychology but I definitely have a love for history and geography as well. In my free time, I enjoy playing disc golf and the most important aspect of college, building friendships. I am involved in a variety of aspects of Bethel including: intramurals, admissions and the weight room on campus. I enjoy learning from fellow students and professors while hopefully influencing them in a positive manner as well.

I look forward to continued blogs,

Eric

Sun’s Out Guns Out

Okay folks, spring is upon us and everyone knows what that means… Sun’s Out Guns Out.

Everywhere you look on campus there is spring clothing. You’ve got those who rock the khakis, bro tanks, and Raybans. Then you’ve got the spring dresses and skirts. Of course, there are those cute strappy sandals. And you will ALWAYS see people without shoes.

This is the best part of Bethel! Bethel always gets lively when the sun comes out. You will see people do many of the following things…

Ultimate Frisbee on the Green

Studying outdoors

Disc Golf

Sand Volleyball and basketball

The list goes on and on. So when you see these people outside go join them! I am 100% positive they will not mind at all. Get out there and have some fun in the sun!

Brooke

Introducing Kiley

Hello Bethelites!

I just wanted to write a post introducing myself.  I am one of Bethel’s newest bloggers.

My name is Kiley Varney.  I am a freshman here at Bethel.  I run cross country and track, and I am a freshman representative on our Student Government Association.  My major is biology, and I’m also minoring in chemistry and art.  My hope is to be accepted to medical school after graduation from Bethel.  Besides classes, sports, and extracurricular activities, my jobs keep me pretty busy.  I currently work at the Citizen’s State Bank in Hesston, where I’ve been a customer service representative for almost a year and a half.  I also work as a chemistry department assistant and I’m an office assistant for our Department of Counseling, Career Services and Experiential Learning.

I am originally from Hutchinson, Kansas, but I moved to Hesston, Kansas, when I was 9 years old and graduated high school there.

In my free time, I love to bake and cook, as well as spend time with my 3 dogs.  I also love meeting new people and making friends!

 

Introducing Brooke

Hello all. Here is my first blog for Bethel. I am not sure how this is going to go, so here is the warning now. Let’s start with the logistics.

Name: Brooke Powers

Classification: Senior

Major: Dual in Athletic Training and Natural Sciences (emphasis in Biology)

Minor: Chemistry

Hometown: Too many places, I grew up military, but for the time being, let’s say Wamego, Kansas.

Athletics: Not anymore. I played softball for two years here at Bethel.

Music: Heck no, I am awful.

Now that the boring stuff is out the way, I will tell you the fun stuff. I grew up military, as I said before, which was the best thing ever. I mean I lived in Germany! I got to go to Disneyland Paris, hit the Alps, see too many castles to count, and so much more. I talk far too much (ask anyone who knows me). I am a serious book fanatic. I am the weirdo who loves the smell of libraries. I also am a sports fanatic (hint: this is why I like Athletic Training so much). My favorite teams are K-State, Notre Dame, the Green Bay Packers, and the KC Royals. I also follow NASCAR and am a fan of Dale Jr. (Yes, all they do is take another left turn, yet I still love it.) I got to go on an interterm trip this past January to Costa Rica. That was so much fun! I had the best group of people and the best professor. I will blog about that trip in a different post. This post is strictly for introductions. Let’s see — my favorite color is purple, my favorite meal is spaghetti, and my favorite saying is “God Bless America.”

Hope this has helped you get to know me a bit more and I hope this makes you want to read more. Although, I totally understand if you don’t. I mean, hey, I don’t know that much and don’t have that good of stories. I am only 22.

Talk to you soon, my new loyal followers.     — Brooke

(in the back of the cart, with the long hair)

Blog.Brooke

Staying positive and staying warm

Positivity amid the cold weather

Let’s be honest — I think everyone is tired of this cold weather.  Who wouldn’t like to be outside in 75 degree weather wearing shorts and sandals right now?  I know I sure wouldn’t mind.  Whether we like it or not though, this Kansas weather is beyond the realm of our control.  From the bone-chilling morning temperatures that bring snow to the warm sun that shines five minutes later, our best bet is to accept it and try not to let the weather bring us down.

I’ll be the first to admit that I do enjoy change.  New semesters that bring different classes, a haircut, or even a change to the background picture on my phone give me a new, fresh feeling.  Why not look at the weather the same way?  After all, not everyone here at Bethel comes from an area where he or she can indulge in the luxury of four seasons a year (or sometimes a day).  As someone who likes change, I’m always ready for a new season to arrive.  Back in October, I couldn’t wait for the snow to come, just for a change of scenery.  It was something new and exciting that I hadn’t seen in a year.  So even though I wake up in the morning and dread walking to class in the freezing temperature, I can rest assured knowing that spring is well on its way.  It will surely come in its due time, just like winter did.

By the time next fall rolls around, I’ll be wishing the snow was back on the ground again.  So instead of being bitter about the even more bitter temperatures, let’s enjoy the rest of the winter season while we can.  That way, when the leaves on the trees do decide to come back, we will enjoy the fresh smell of spring and the mornings we can finally go out without coats that much more.  –Kiley Varney

Stress Buster Tips

Today is reading day, which is the day before finals start in which we have no classes and can study and prepare for our finals. It’s crazy to think that this time of the year is already here. To help relieve some of the stress of finals, I find it helpful to remember some easy ways to reduce stress to get me through studying and through finals week.

Five tips  to reduce stress courtesy of  the Huffington post article : “23 Scientifically-Backed Ways to Reduce Stress Right Now”

1. Progressive Relaxation – I have actually used this before and it has been very helpful. You start at your head and move all the way to your toes, tensing and then releasing/relaxing each muscle group. Once the body is fully relaxed, it is supposed to help relax your mind too.

2. Breathe Deep – Yes, sometimes it can be as simple as that!  It has been proven that taking deep breaths lower cortisol levels which helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

3. Listen to Music  – There has been research showing music can help relieve stress by triggering biochemical stress reducers. Another good reason for me to listen to music!

4. Exercise - If you need a brain break from all your studying or work, go exercise! Research says that post-exercise endorphin rush is a good way to sharply reduce stress.

5. Take a Nap - If you aren’t feeling exercise for a brain break, try taking a power nap instead! This also has been shown to reduce cortisol levels which aids in stress relief. This tip will definitely come in handy for me personally!

So whether you are like me and studying for finals, or in the education field and rushing to get everything done before the end of the school year, or just having a stressful time in work or in general, remember these easy tips to reduce stress and stay tuned for some more stress-reducing tips!

 

 

Stressed?

Are big projects stressing you out? Is your job or work getting to be a little too much for you to handle? 

Just take a look at these….

 

 

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There.. feel better?

When I am stressed and need a brain break I look up cute animal pictures. Somehow cute pictures of animals always helps bring down my stress:). A lot of due dates for big projects are coming up for myself and I know for some of my friends as well. So de-stress by going to look at these adorable animals and more like them to get yourself through those due dates or those stressful parts of your job!

Good resources to find cute animal pictures:

www.attackofthecute.com 

@CuteEmergency on Twitter

Or just google “cute animal pictures” :)

New School Year, New Faces, New Beginnings

Every new school year starts off with the opportunities for new beginnings, new experiences, and new encounters. This year, is the same. Already, we have almost been back in the groove of things for a month now. We have had our regular beginning traditions that Bethel has, various sporting events well under way, and unfamiliar faces are starting to turn familiar. I am one of those “new” faces that started out unfamiliar.

I am a transfer student to Bethel, from Butler Community College. So far, I have enjoyed every second here at Bethel, and would like to thank all of you that I have had the chance to get to know, for making me feel welcome. I was blown away at my orientation at how nice everybody seemed. I figured it was just because those people had to be there, you know like those people that are staff and get paid to be nice to strangers. But then after classes started, I realized everyone was nice. At least, everyone that I have encountered so far.

So, a little bit about me, that way if we haven’t met yet, I won’t be so unfamiliar. My name is Mallory. I am considered a sophomore and a junior, so I classify myself as a “Junmore” and I have found several people here at Bethel that fit that description as well. It should be a legitimate class I think.

I live in Wichita, and was born and raised there. I have two children, Emma who is 6, and Luke who is 3. If you see me at the football games, chances are I will have them in tow. They are a lot of fun, and are very friendly, so don’t be afraid to come say hi to them. If they bite, I apologize, but hey, at least they have had their shots and are up to date! (seriously….just kidding on the biting part) I do not fit the definition of a “Traditional student”.

I graduated from Wichita High School North in 2005, and started at Butler as a Psychology major. Then I met the father of my children, here at Bethel. I was currently dating a different Bethel student at the time I met my children’s father….anyway…that’s a boring story, and then this so called thing of life happened. I put school on hold, and went to being a mom. It was after Michael and I broke up that I realized I needed to get back in school. The rest is history, and here I am today, now a nursing major with a psychology minor. (Couldn’t quite give up the psychology completely)

I am looking forward to see what new faces I will encounter, and what new beginnings this year has in store for me. Already, a new beginning is this blog. I have never blogged before, but jumped at the chance to when I heard about the position. I am more than excited to be Bethel’s new blogger. I plan to have lots of exciting blogs so stay tuned!

Mallory