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 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.
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
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
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
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
I am contractually obligated to write this and post it before the end of August. Which is a little befuddling. I’m blogging about Bethel and it hasn’t yet started for me. I’ve been living and working on campus all summer and even with the recent arrival of the athletes and opening of the caf, I feel more like a member of the proletariat than the student body.But in three more days, when I move my stuff across the courtyard of Warkentin Court in the exact opposite of the move I made at the start of the summer, I will be rejoining some of my old modmates, greeting some new ones, and rediscovering the magic of Bethel College. Read More
While everyone else at Bethel is preparing for the upcoming school year, I have been experiencing the Ecuadorian life for a month now. On July 23, I flew to Quito, Ecuador, where I will be studying and learning for the semester – until my plane takes me back to the U.S. on December 20.
Eating ice cream in the jungle
It’s that wonderful season in academia when the end of semester, the end of the school year is in view, but it’s beyond a set of monkey bars that you have to cross on arm strength alone…just after you’ve finished rope-climbing over a wall. Maybe I drew out that metaphor too far, but here in the final weeks of school, there is a mental, near physical exhaustion from the loads of projects, tests and essays that cruelly sync up in due dates. Read More
It’s been almost two weeks since President Barry Bartel announced budget cuts to faculty, staff and students. The cuts were made to balance the Bethel budget for next year to the tune of 1 million dollars.The brunt of the cutbacks was born by faculty and staff, because such a large percentage of Bethel’s annual budget goes to personnel expenses. While having a 9 to 1 student/faculty ratio is a boon to the Bethel education experience, it has been long known that the college could not sustain it. Read More