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    Spring Semester

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    A Late Start To Tennis

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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Exhaustion

Officially I have reached the point of exhaustion. 5 or 6 hours of sleep for the past three nights. On a better note, I have accomplished a lot in the past few days. Yesterday I had a great bassoon lesson. A new teacher for me, but I felt like I really proved myself. I left feeling new motivation for learning excerpts, and excitement to work on something I didn’t finish last year. I learned some cool fake fingerings for faster passages, and I was refreshed on the Saint-Saens Sonate- 4th movement. Read More

I’m not late, I promise!

Ok, so I’m new at this whole blogging thing. Not sure how or what to do. But I’m just gonna go, and hope its an exciting ride!This dilemma has been part of my slowness in posting, but to be honest, I also noticed the rush of moving-in posts, and thought a later one could give a perspective.See, this is what I learn in college. How to say I’m not procrastinating in bigger and more convincing words. ;) Read More

Am I in over my head?

Probably. Then again, I do like to stay busy. I seem to be a little late coming out of the starting gate with my first blog post of the year, but I hope you’ll forgive me. So far school is going great! I remember coming here as a freshman last year and feeling somewhat intimidated and lost. This year, however, moving into the mods and meeting up with old friends has made the beginning of the semester completely different. I’m living in 6c with most of my closest friends from last year, which has gone swimmingly so far. I’m happy to have a good group of guys to live/hang out with. Being a sophomore has sort of taken the edge off of moving in and starting college too, since I’ve already done this once. Read More

Got Stress?

I do!Already a week into the semester, and I’ve got it! This semester my workload is actually surprisingly light–I’m barely full time. One might think that I have it easy (and I thought I did before classes started) but I don’t feel that way. Read More

One week down…

Whew!! It’s the end of the first week of classes, and I must say I am rather exhausted. Being a junior is hard work! I decided I wanted to be an English major last year, but my schedule is a lot more English-heavy this year. Since I am also getting a teaching license, I had mostly education classes last year. This semester I only have one education class and THREE English classes. This means a LOT of reading every night and soon lots of writing. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re an English major! Read More

Moving Jitters for Voth Hall

Moving back on campus was fun, exciting, and nerve racking all at the same time. I really didn’t know what to expect being that I have not seen anyone over the summer, and did not know what the people on my hall would be like. However due to many, many hall meetings I got know a bit about each person on my hall–that helped ease a lot of my nervousness. Being back on campus has been fun because I have reunited with my old buddies and met some new ones already.

The New Year

Well it is once again, another year at Bethel. So much has changed since my freshman year but so much has stayed the same. The night before last, I was actually nervous for the first day of school! I had a hard time falling asleep and then I woke up entirely too early. One would think that that sort of nervousness would fade over time… but it hasn’t. Yesterday, I sat in on the first convocation of the year. Mind you, I haven’t attended the first convocation since my freshman year–and I somehow missed my march across the stage while in the restroom. Faculty and staff spoke of the students that left a mark on them personally and each story was one of inspiration. I hope that one day I can live up to any student they spoke of. Read More

Moving In and Beginning a New Year

When the end of August nears, it means that it is now time to pack up and move back to Bethel. I always seem to get excited about coming back to school! Of course the feeling of excitement comes from the fact that I get to see all of my friends again and that I am no longer living under the same roof as my parents… There is some enthusiasm about starting new classes, but basically it is the social life that entices me. On move-in day, there is an excitement around campus. Everyone is now seeing each other after a long summer apart, people are moving in and arranging their rooms for the “perfect” layout, there are new faces to get acquainted with, and of course there is the week of welcome. The week of welcome is where every night there is an “event” happening such as an ice cream social, watermelon feed, movie on the green, a luau dance, a carnival, etc. These social events are a blast because it brings the Bethel community together and it is a venue to meet the new freshmen and transfers. Also, this is a way for the new students to get accustomed to life at Bethel. Read More

Becoming an upperclassman

It’s hard to believe that it is already the beginning of my third year of college! Freshman and sophomore don’t seem like that long ago in some ways, but when I think about how much has happened and how many new people I have met in the past two years, it’s hard to remember what life was like before those experiences.I arrived on campus Saturday to register and get moved into mod 7B in Warkentin Court. I stayed in North Newton and worked on campus in the Institutional Communications office all summer, so it almost felt like I had never really left. This will be my first year to live in the mods, and I am already enjoying it. It’s wonderful to be living closely with eight wonderful girls, and yet it’s still easy to walk over to the other mods and visit other people. Read More

A Senior’s To-Do List

I can’t believe this is my last year at Bethel. Ok, now that the cliché is out of the way…I am trying my hardest to not think about the end already; I’m less than 48 hours into this year. But it is intimidating and bittersweet. I’m spending the year in a mod full of some of the sweetest girls on campus. And, most of us are single, we have the world at our feet, after all! I don’t need to think about leaving this home already. Yesterday as we all moved in, the excitement was so tangible we were bouncing with glee… skipping to supper!… singing loudly… shouting inappropriately loud whenever we saw old friends… giggling ridiculously at bubbles to ease our unpacking mess… and finding extreme joy in rocket balloons–and now everyone in the mods surrounding 7B also know the joys, or ear aches, of rocket balloons. But what comes next is inevitable… real world. Real job. The normal worries of a college senior are no stranger to me. Read More