January may just be my favorite month at Bethel. The entire month is filled with more free time because of only having to worry about one class and if you play your cards right (like I did), that class is only two weeks long! That leaves much more time to hang with friends, play intramural sports and go support the basketball teams!
This last Saturday the teams went to Bethany College in Lindsborg and both got the win. The ladies are now 3-3 and in the top half of conference and the men are 4-2. They have been working very hard and have been back on campus since the 27th of December; talk about a short Christmas break!
Greetings from the Volweider sisters in sunny Cuernavaca!
The Social Development and Social Justice Class has been in Cuernavaca, Mexico for five days now. We started our journey last Tuesday morning after much excitement and anticipation! Our traveling went seamlessly with the exception of one of our ginger students passing out on the flight from Houston to Mexico City. Luckily, there were a couple of doctors on the plane and the flight attendants were helpful, so everything turned out all right.
We were greeted by the Quest program director Gerardo, (who was quickly nicknamed Gelato) and took a bus from Mexico City to our first destination of Cuernavaca. All of our eyes widened and smiles came to our faces when we caught our first glimpse of our new home for the next two weeks. It is located on a mountain in the outskirts of Cuernavaca. There are rolling hills, beautiful trees, fields of corn, and a colorfully painted house. The house has no door to enter and it is open to the flourishing outdoors. We also quickly discovered the stairs to the roof where we found a pool and the view of a lifetime overlooking trees, hills, and the city below. We also then had our first taste of the delicious traditional Mexican food that is prepared for us three times a day. Eating these meals is an activity that everyone in our group looks forward to!
Our women’s basketball team traveled to Florida before the Holidays to play in a tournament. We lost both of the games, but still had a great time! We got to spend a lot of time in Daytona at the beach and we visited some great authentic beach restaurants! Then we spent a few days in Orlando visiting Disney World and doing some shopping!
Disney World was probably my favorite part of this trip. I had never been before and it was so magical! I cannot imagine getting to go there as a little girl! I think our whole team had a great time riding the rides and getting a chance to meet many of the Disney characters! We took lots of pictures but unfortunately I cannot get them to upload! Don’t you just love technology! Well, see the blog right before mine because I know Krishna posted some great pictures!
The women’s basketball team took a trip to Florida to play in a basketball tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida. Although the two games they played did not go as expected, as a team the two losses helped them grow and learn from their mistakes in order to get ready for conference play coming up in January. The two games they played may not have went as planned but they did get to enjoy some time off before conference as well. They got to enjoy the warm sunny weather at the beach, and they also got to go to Orlando, Florida to enjoy Disney World. Their time in Florida was a great experience because it allowed them to bond together and get know one another off the court. This bonding experience will help us gear up for the tough conference play ahead of us.
First Game Aginst Taylor of Indiana
Interterm is just around the corner! This is a different time at Bethel, and it is another one of those things that makes Bethel unique.
Interterm is a bonus mini-semester; it spans the entire month of January and consists of classes that meet most of the morning or afternoon, or travel. Interterm is the time to go places, and this year is no exception. There are classes going to Mexico, Haiti, and Israel, but I won’t be going to either. Though it’s not as glamorous, I’ll be spending the interterm here at Bethel.
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