Hey Everyone! Sorry this has taken me almost two weeks to get around to but we ALL know how beginnings and endings of the school year are. Between the rush of getting to see all my friends and classmates again I have the extremely exciting opportunity of having lovely new modmates this year. But first let me tell you a bit about myself. My name is Melissa Nicole Volk (Melissa Nicole for Facebook’s sake) and I am a junior here at Bethel College. I was born in the town of Newton, went to a Catholic school and then to the public high school in Newton also. Yes, I would consider myself a true Newton Railroader through and through and now I have expanded my lines of alliance with the Threshers. Read More
Last night saw an event that’s been a campus ritual: the yearly Luau Dance at the beginning of the year. The Luau was a fun event, for me the combination of planned and spontaneous that is enjoyable about Bethel.
The night began at 5:45 when our Mod ate at a parent’s house. We had absolutely delicious taco fixings, then hung around to play ping pong and Rock Band until we ended up at the Thresher football game. We joined the Student Section, cheered, and then we were ready for the dance. Student Life had sno-cones they were giving out, which were absolutely delicious. They had hired a former Bethel student to DJ, and he was blasting some house by the time we finished our sno-cones. We made eye contact with each other, and it was time to dance. We moved onto the sand volleyball court that was our dance floor for the night and a wave of people followed, transforming the court into a seething cluster of students breaking it down.
Hi! My name is Megan Leary, and I’m one of the 140-some freshmen on campus. I’m from North Newton and grew up about a half mile from campus, so Bethel has always been on my radar. I started looking for colleges early in high school and considered going far away from home, but then I realized that every time I looked at another college I compared it to Bethel and never found anything that offered all that Bethel offered. It’s such a small campus that you can be involved in so many things. I play oboe in Wind Ensemble, write for the Collegian, work at the bookstore, and go to Druber’s, the local donut shop, at every opportunity. Read More
If I would have known senior year was going to be this busy, then I would have started preparing a long time ago. Everything has been extremely busy this week due to the week of welcome and the start of classes. I am really looking forward to this weekend so I can finally catch my breath and get things organized for next week. It would be nice to have labor day off so there could be more time to relax but that’s just another day I can use to mark off my senior countdown!!!
Hi my name is Krishna Phifer. I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee, but claim my hometown as Houston, Texas. I am a senior here at Bethel College and I am majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. My hobbies here at Bethel College consist of student ambassador, multicultural club member, minority mentor and women’s basketball player. My goal this year is to help minorities feel more involved in the Bethel Community as well as helping them feel more welcome in their college experience.
Hey there, and welcome to Bethel blog “Beyond the Green” ! My name is Ariane Bergen and I am from a small town, Moundridge, Kansas, about 20 minutes from Bethel’s campus. I hope you’re reading my post hoping to find out about how great my experience at Bethel has been and about how great yours can be! This year at Bethel, I’ll be starting my sophomore year and living in the Mods. I can’t wait to live in them this year because I get to live with 8 of my closest friends! I also can’t wait for the school year to start because, strangely enough, I am excited to start my classes. I am currently majoring in Biology with Secondary Education, and am thinking about adding a psychology minor to my degree. I chose this degree because I love science and want to be able to share that love with students at a young age. I also love science because it is a field of study that is constantly changing and growing. There is always new information to study which keeps things lively and always interesting. Read More
Hello! My name is Samantha Askew and I am a senior here at Bethel. I transferred here last year from Dodge City Community College. I also grew up and went to High School in Dodge City. I am a History major and I am also getting my Secondary Education certification. I chose history because I love to learn from the past and I want to teach it to others. Most high school students say that history is their most boring subject. I want to change that common opinion and show students that history is very exciting!
Hello all you voracious Bethel readers out there. It’s my pleasure to begin a blog for the “Beyond the Green” blog, but before I take you on a verbal tour of the college, let me introduce myself.
My name is Ben Histand, and I’m a fifth-year senior most recently from North Newton, Kansas. I’m a Business Administration major, and I’m also a member of the cross country and track teams, but like most Bethel students, I don’t fit into a specific mold. I do a lot of different things on campus, some of them more official than others: I’m a member of Men’s Ensemble, and we’ve got bi-semester concerts; I’m not in the Bethel College band or Orchestra, but I still get together and play with others and jam for the fun of it; last year I organized a meditation group and a film club.
My name is Claire Unruh and I grew up in Clay Center, Kansas. I am entering my third year at Bethel College, dual majoring in Biology and Bible & Religion, with an anticipated minor in Chemistry. Upon graduation from Bethel, I plan to eventually enter medical school, specializing in surgery.
When I say that I am majoring in both Religion and Biology, I often get strange looks, as if the two areas were mutually exclusive. To me, they are not. In fact, they are complementary. However, I’ll leave that particular bit of introspection to your personal discernment. Religion and Biology have interested me for years. There’s nothing I love better than a solid discussion of personal or communal theology, and nothing that gets me more excited than human biology. I think that they are both wonderfully complex and fascinating subjects. The biology classes at Bethel have taught me how to study well, to effectively read a textbook, and the importance of multi-colored highlighting. From my Bible & Religion classes, I have learned how to think and not just mindlessly regurgitate facts and processes, as well as learning to evaluate societal themes and the importance of adopting a personally relevant theology.
This past weekend was planned to be an awesome filled weekend!…But due to weather, intramural softball was rained out on Saturday. MudSlam was canceled due to bad weather–but it was actually sunny so some people still played! Allen Wedel was pumped that he still got to play MudSlam. He had been looking forward to MudSlam for a looong time! Send off for Summer was the only thing not canceled! Students stood in line for free t-shirts (the first 75 students) and the Student Life staff grilled the hot-dogs and hamburgers. There were inflatables, pie was thrown into faculty faces, and students played catch with a football. This was very fun for everyone and it was a great time to spend with friends before heading into finals and then moving home for the summer. Even though softball and MudSlam was canceled, the weekend still ended up pretty good. Send off for Summer is always an event students look forward to. …Now the weekend is over, it is on to studying for finals!