This past weekend has come and gone and now students get to relax after Fall Fest! Fall fest is one of the most exciting festivities at Bethel, and it includes activities all weekend, including club booths, good Mennonite food, and many activities and sports to watch.
I have enjoyed Fall Fest for most of my life, coming from a town close to Bethel, but this year I got a completely new perspective on Fall Fest. Last year in the middle of May, a good friend and now my roommate, Julia Huxman, randomly found me and asked if I was interested in auditioning in the fall musical, Into the Woods with her. I thought about it for about 5 seconds, shrugged my shoulders and happily agreed. The next day, we had to audition with a song and spoken acting part to determine our parts in the show. We then started to practice on the very first day of school.
This past weekend, most of the students at Bethel enjoyed a 4-day fall break where they could go home and spend a few days with their families. I wish I could have gone home to visit my family and get some home cooking, but instead I stayed at Bethel and had the pleasure of singing with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
This was a new experience to me and I felt a bit overwhelmed by it and unsure how it would be. Once we got there, and started practicing, it took no time to change my mind. We sang the second symphony by Mahler, which our choir has been preparing for since the beginning of the school year. It was fairly difficult for me to enjoy the music and I thought it was going to be a very long and dull weekend. Boy was I wrong.
The Halloween dance was a blast! I got to see everyone with their creative ideas come to the dance and wild out. It was cool to see the Bethel community pumped up about the costume contest. Everyone was there to support their peers and cheer them on. The dance itself was fun as I dance with friends and fellow classmates.
I am so excited for trick or treat off the street. I love being able to pass out candy for the children in the community. it is cool to see all the different costume ideas that the kids have to offer. It always brings back memories of my child hood when I see the different costumes and I hear that exciting sound “trick or treat!”
Halloween at Bethel College is LEGIT, and this year’s party was particularly spectacular. My mod dressed up as characters from “Oregon Trail” (the computer game that we all played in elementary school), complete with our very own Conestoga wagon! We wore our best interpretations of period costumes and wore signs saying “Lorraine died of dysentery,” “Katherine has a broken arm,” “Jeb has a snake bite,” and so forth. We received some pretty rave reviews, and lots of “Oh my gosh, I LOVED that game!!!”
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