I’m done with my semester!!!! I’m so relieved. What with taking physics, biochemistry, and organic chemistry, plus studying for the MCAT, and working at the hospital, it has not been an easy past 3 months. But it’s over now and my life is so much better! The atmosphere at the college over finals week is always sort of eclectic… there are people who only have one final (or none!) and people who have four; there are people who finish all of their finals by Wednesday evening, and others who have one last final on Friday; and there are people who are trying to study while their friends are celebrating the end of their year (bummer).
Well, today is officially the last Monday of the school year. I have a final every day for the next three days then have to pack and go home. It’s sad to see everyone getting ready to leave, but it’s also going to be nice to not have to do schoolwork.
Last night was the home concert for the men’s acapella group Open Road. They’re the best of the best and I’m really sad that I didn’t record any of it to put up here. They pick members from Concert Choir at the beginning of the year and then sing at various events, including the KMEA convention this year. My brother was in it for the first time this year, which is a big deal because he didn’t do choral groups in high school or anything. He even had a solo and did great! I’m so proud of him.
This past weekend, I wrapped up 3 solid months of studying by taking the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test). It’s similar to the ACT except about a hundred times harder. There are four sections – Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and a writing sample. Physical Sciences covers physics and general chemistry; Biological Sciences includes general human and organismal biology as well as organic chemistry; and Verbal Reasoning involves reading a passage and answering detailed questions that test comprehension and ability to think critically. These three exams are timed and take between 60 and 70 minutes. The writing sample is two 30 minute essays on a given topic.
It’s come to an end. This is the week that Bethel celebrates the seniors amongst its ranks. So prepare to get a little teary-eyed, because the journey is coming to an end. As you walk through the hallowed halls of academic grandeur, this is a week to remember and appreciate the students that will no longer be there next year.
Bethel commemorated its Senior Week this year with a variety of events, one every day for the full week. On Monday there was a pizza party with a free pizza, pop and prizes. Tuesday saw a “Thresher Pride” day as students were encouraged to wear Bethel gear and received a special lunch, made up of always-delicious bread bowls and homemade desserts (Mennonites know how to bake, if you know what I mean). On Wednesday night there was an event at Drubers; $2 dollars off on donuts at this traditional college student hangout. Thursday and Friday saw discounts at the bookstore and a Senior gift. One more week of classes remains, followed by finals week–but this isn’t the end of the journey.
You may have heard the word “Masterworks” thrown around during your interactions with Bethel students. So what is Masterworks? Masterworks is a showcase concert that we will be putting on at Bethel on the 8th of May, this Sunday. If you’re interested, it’s still not too late to come. The concert will be held at 4:00 PM in Memorial Hall, and the work to be performed is Schubert’s “Mass in E flat major”.
Masterworks is a Bethel tradition that began under the tenure of former Band director Don Kerberg. He decided that it would be a good idea to hold a concert on Mother’s Day as a celebration for the fine job that all of our mothers have done in raising us. From this origin the pieces gradually became more complicated until it evolved into a full two hour production of classical works. Now Masterworks is more than just Bethel; the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra plays the part of the backing orchestra to the Concert Choir’s stunning vocal lines. In addition, there will be supporting a flue concerto.
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