The thunder and lightning gave voice to the night, the little lame child cried aloud in her freight. Hush, little baby, a story I’ll tell of a love that has vanquished the powers of hell. Alleluia, the Great Storm is over, left up your wings and fly.
The rich melody swept over me as a hundred voices raised together in union sang these words. One of the richest musical experiences is singing with a group this size, united with a common goal—to praise and sing the theology that shapes us. This past Wednesday was the fall hymn sing chapel. A favorite of many on campus, it was wonderful to sing with this group of students, faculty, and staff.
Wow! It seems like we have been back at school forever and it’s only been a month. Most classes have had their first exams and musical concerts are just over the horizon. The freshmen have started to look a lot less like lost puppies. My modmates and I finally finished decorating our lounge and it looks spectacular.
We have four double rooms and one single room with a shared lounge. It’s a lot cozier than my hall last year, but it’s with people that I love and who I’m ok with running into early in the morning. We also love the mods around us. Some mods tend to emit unwanted things like loud noises and undesirable smells, but we’re pretty happy with our neighbors.
There are few classes that are required of every student at Bethel College, and only one that is required for every student, every semester that they attend Bethel. Convocation occurs at 11 am on Mondays and Fridays. There are 28 scheduled convocations, of which a student must attend 16.Convocation topics vary widely. Favorites of students include the study abroad convocations, during which students who have spent a summer or semester abroad report on their experiences; talent show convocations featuring singing, dancing, or instrumental music; and the Messiah Sing convocation, when students get together and sing Handel’s Messiah at the Bethel College Mennonite Church.
This semester, two very interesting convos occurred back-to-back. Last Friday was the study abroad convocation. This past year, almost a dozen students studied in almost as many countries – Germany, Turkey, Israel, Ecuador, Spain, Australia, Guatemala, Greece, and India among them. The students spoke for about five minutes apiece on their experiences, sharing photographs, stories, and a unilateral exhortation to study abroad.
“The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.” – By Mike Dooley
I saw this quote and it made me think about all that college is about, but let me take a minute to introduce myself before I get deeper.
This is my second year at Bethel College and I love it. I grew up just across the tracks in Newton (less then 5 minutes away from campus.) I’m majoring in Communication Arts and minoring in Art and Literary Studies. I hope to use this degree to get a job in journalism. I play basketball and throw in track. Also, I work on the Newspaper staff as the news editor. And lastly I am working this year on campus as an RA (Resident Assistant.) In my free time, I spend it hanging out with friends, watching movies, playing basketball and sleeping. I spend a lot of time on facebook, my new addiction is Tetris battle. Read More
My name is Jennie Warkentine, and I’m a senior Elementary Education and Bible & Religion major from Wichita, Kansas. This year I’m active in chapel planning, and have sung with the Women’s Chorus. I’m a transfer student from Hesston College, and this is my second year on campus. I love to read, quilt, and play board games. I chose Bethel because when I graduated from Hesston College and was looking at a Christian college with a strong education program, I learned that Bethel’s teacher education department is well-known and highly respected in the state of Kansas (where I hope to be teaching next school year). I also have family ties to the college (my grandma was the manager of the bookstore for over 20 years and numerous family members have attended here).
My name is Claire Unruh. I am a senior at Bethel, dual-majoring in Biology and Bible & Religion, with minors in Spanish and Chemistry. I am originally from Clay Center, Kansas, which is about an hour and a half drive to the north. My parents met at Bethel and so I’ve always been to Fall Fest and a few assorted activities on campus, such as the Summer Science Institute. Once I reached my senior year of high school, I looked into their science program (excellent), campus size (small) and probability of being involved in activities (high). Based on these criteria, I decided to apply and was accepted. Read More
Hello all! My name is Jocelyn Wilkinson, and I’m a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas. I’m majoring in both Communication Arts and History, with a possible minor in Psychology. I chose communications because it allows me to keep in touch with theater (which I did a ton of in high school) while learning the basic concepts behind it; history I chose simply because I love the subject. Read More
And so it begins. We’re all back at Bethel now and classes have started.
It’s my second year here, and my second year of blogging, but for those of you who don’t know I am Megan Leary, sophomore math major and blogger extraordinaire. Just kidding. I really am a math major though.
I grew up right here in North Newton and wasn’t an official “campus kid” but sure spent a lot of my childhood at Bethel. There were summer camps, plays, sporting events, church events and all other sorts of reasons to be on campus.
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). Read More
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.