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Looking Back

Looking Back

As the end of the semester winds down, a lot of us find ourselves reflecting over what happened over the course of the semester. From memories made, those laugh-until-your-face hurt moments, to maybe even those that you wish you could forget, now is the time a lot of us do that. And I was doing that today as well.
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Pirates Of Penzance

Pirates Of Penzance

Over the past month many of Bethel’s students have been working on the opera, The Pirates of Penzance.
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Thankfulness For The Little Things

Thankfulness For The Little Things

Today, the theme of our chapel service was Thankfulness. One of the points that was brought up among the speakers was being thankful for the little things. This was a good reminder for me. I get so stressed with school work and the end of the semester that I forget to take time to step back and be thankful for some of the little things that I take for granted.
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Concert Choir In Europe

Concert Choir In Europe

The Concert Choir gave a bittersweet farewell to our European choir tour with a final concert on Sunday, this time in front of the friendly faces of Bethel’s campus.
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Finals are fast approaching!

There is about a week and a half left until finals week begins! This is the time of the semester when everybody is flocking to the library, to the study rooms, as well as hiding in their rooms trying to finish the last minute projects that are due. Read More

It’s beginning to look like Christmas!!!!

I love coming and leaving the dorms and seeing the holiday cheer spreading rapidly. In Voth hall there is a well-decorated Christmas tree and garland all around to get ready for the coming of baby Jesus and that fat red jolly man that comes down the chimney with his many reindeer. Although I’m not sure how he will get into Voth without it having a chimney, but I’m pretty sure he will find a way. Read More

Pretending it’s still November…

It’s not just me. It’s the weather also. I won’t question the 55 degree warmth though… after 4 years of residency in Kansas, I’m not surprised anymore.And while we’re pretending it’s still November:I got to see Wicked! This musical (based on the novel by Gregory Maguire) has been one I’ve wanted to see for so very long. When two tickets magically appeared in the mail (thanks friend) I was giddy. And now one dream is fulfilled. Read More

Europe!

Hey there. So today I’m thinking about our upcoming European Choir Tour in January. I’m really glad that I’ve been able to be in this choir and have these kinds of opportunities. I really enjoyed our tour through the southwest last year, but I anticipate that going to Europe for 3-4 weeks is going to be infinitely better. Read More

One month Left in a Foreign Land

December is upon us! Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye (actually I just blinked now and it’s still not here), and I’m coming back to Kansas very soon! Now is the time to decide what I should do before leaving Ecuador. I have traveled so much I don’t have any other place I am DYING to go to, except to climb to the top of Cotopaxi, the second largest mountain in Ecuador. Read More

Roadtrip!

I couldn’t post this at the time I wrote it, but I hope you don’t mind.I’m currently sitting scrunched in the back of a van on my way back from visiting my family in Beatrice, Nebraska, for Thanksgiving. In the last couple of hours I have realized two very important things: classes start again tomorrow, and I don’t have my homework done. I suppose that for those of you who know me this doesn’t come as any surprise. Haha, I guess I could find it reassuring that some things never change? Anyway, I really love Thanksgiving, but not just for the food. Seeing friends and family again is always good. Read More

Preparing for the post-Thanksgiving push

Well, I’m back from Thanksgiving break, and things are as hectic as ever! Two papers, a test, and production night for the Collegian (our school newspaper) ALL this week! Yikesss!!! I have to remind myself that it’ll all be over soon–two weeks of regular classes left, then one week of finals. This semester has gone by sooo fast! I can’t believe it’s already almost time for Christmas break. Read More

I am thankful for. . .

Sleeping inNot having morning classes (see above)LegosMusicRatsCracking open a book for the first timeMy dashing good looksLaughter Read More

Borscht in Ecuador!

My daily diet has consisted of chicken and rice. It is very nice, but a few weeks ago I was ready for a change. I was blessed to have my parents come and visit me in the beginning of November, and they stayed at a guest house of a large mission in Quito. My mom seems to find connections in every nook and cranny of the world, and she somehow made contact with a German Mennonite family living in Quito. Herman Schirmacher, the head of the household, was actually born and raised in Paraguay but then moved to Germany, got married and had five children, moved a few more times, and eventually ended up in Quito with his wife and three kids. He works for HCJB, a large Christian Radio Ministry that stands for Hands of Christ Jesus Blessing. It’s a large operation that also has a hospital, hydropower plant and high school. Read More

Of things to come…

Well it’s been a little while since I blogged last, but I was thinking about all of the cool things coming up the rest of this semester and next semester too, and thought I’d share a little. We watched Die Fledermaus on Thursday night for my voice class and because I’m in the opera and it really made me freak out a little because of how much work I’m going to have to do to do well in this production. Read More