Campus Life

On Campus Therapy

School is stressful. For the most part, this is true no matter where you attend and what grade level you find yourself. It comes as no surprise then that I, like most seniors, have developed creative ways to relieve stress.

For instance, I have mastered the 15-minute nap. When reading gets to the point where I reread the same line over and over I usually decide I need to recharge.  A quick nap can leave me feeling refreshed without being groggy.

In stark contrast to a nap, sometimes an alternative is exercise. This usually comes in the form of a 3-mile jog. It’s just enough to make it worth taking a break from studying without it being too long that I need another nap just to recover from my run.

Another sedentary option that I frequently employ to relieve stress is eating. Candy, fast food or snacks…I don’t care. It is a great way to take your mind off of homework and feel better about life.

Finally, I enjoy playing disc golf on the course on Bethel’s campus. It is a quick and easy way to get exercise and take in the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Like I said, college is stressful but college is certainly manageable. You just have to find the stress relievers that work best for you.


Until next time-


Serving together

My favorite tradition as a Bethel College soccer player has been volunteering every November at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) center. The entire team, coaches included, work for several hours together grinding, weighing, canning, cooking and labeling meat.

New players usually dread the thought of assembly line work and food processing. What appears to be tough manual labor, which it technically is at times, turns out to be an incredibly bonding experience for the entire team.


Teammates vary in their responses to the work. Some are incredibly focused on their job and work at an intense pace, while others work with friends and can be seen smiling and laughing throughout the process.

Whatever method you choose to complete the work, you end up feeling accomplished and satisfied by the end of the shift. It has been an absolutely pivotal team bonding moment for the team before we head into another off-season.

However, the greatest value of this event is not in the benefits of the team. The thousands of pounds of meat canned at MCC are sent to impoverished countries where many people struggle to find meals.


It is not just the soccer team who is involved with this process. Mennonite organizations provide several workers who travel with this project across the central USA in order to lead groups in food processing missions. Local community members volunteer their time to work shifts before, after and during the time soccer players are present.

Bethel’s emphasis on serving is not limited to donations and internal service projects. Bethel provides opportunities for students to volunteer their time among the community as we together serve one another,  our community, those in need and God.

Until next time-


Hello Guys!

Hello guys, my name is Hector Lopez. I am a new blogger for Bethel this year.

I am from Brownsville, Texas (most of you probably don’t know where that is). I am a transfer student from the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). I am here at Bethel to study nursing. I am looking to be admitted in the outstanding nursing program that Bethel has. I am an outgoing person but sometimes could be shy. I am always up to meet new people.

This is my first year here at Bethel and I could not be more excited to complete this semester meeting new people as well as new cultures. I am excited to share some of the things I have and will experience at Bethel. I am looking forward to blogging and entertaining you for at least a part of your day. If you guys have anything you’d like see on here, please do not hesitate to tell me and let me know.

Thank you, have a great day!

Strength in Community

Sometimes Bethel College feels like the safest place on earth. Living in a quiet town with low crime, many students worry most about their next test.

Sadly, no community is immune from tragedy. Students and faculty alike were shaken with the news that one of our students had passed away in a car accident coming back from fall break. In my four years as a student here, this was the first time we had to receive an e-mail with this kind of news.

The Bethel community responded like only it could. An informal meeting was held in the freshman residence hall in remembrance of the student that night. I, like many students, chose to attend despite not ever having the pleasure of meeting Qadrey.

The lounge was so incredibly full that students spilled out into the foyer. Even more amazing was that it was not just students who attended. It was professors and faculty members as well. Many in attendance were not there because Qadrey had changed our lives. Instead we were there because Qadrey had changed the lives of people who had changed our lives and who we considered to be friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Losing a teammate, a roommate or a friend is devastating in itself. However, trying to cope with death alone can be unbearable. Whether it was the vice president humbling himself before students as he expressed his sorrow or teammates of Qadrey giving heartfelt testimony to her character, everyone who attended that night was made vulnerable by their own choice. In doing so, a community of strength developed like I have never seen in my life.

Tuesday night’s remembrance ceremony was followed with a chapel service dedicated to Qadrey on Wednesday morning. Neither Easter nor Christmas has ever brought the numbers and the energy to chapel that today’s service brought.

Gatherers once again featured people from all walks of life joining hands together because when a part of our community hurts, we all hurt. Strength is supposed to lie in numbers and we had lots of numbers in that chapel service (people standing in the aisles, in fact).

To me, our strength did not come from the number of people that attended either service. Instead, the strength produced was a result of people putting their own pride, pain and schedules to the side in order to provide a community for one another.

There is nothing that was done or could have been done that will erase what has happened but Bethel can take pride in providing an environment in which an energy developed that I hope will carry over throughout the year. Others’ needs were put first, kind words were abundant and all were allowed to display their emotions without worry of ridicule. I am proud to be a Bethel Thresher.

Oh death where is thy sting —


How to Fall Break at Bethel

Fall break is a great time of the year on Bethel’s campus. You have almost made it through the semester and you are looking forward to your Thanksgiving and, more importantly, Christmas vacation. As you enjoy the latter half of the semester it is comforting to receive a two-day relief from classes.

Everyone has their own use of these two days. Some people take the opportunity to go home and see family for a few days. Others do as only college students can, and stay up late, sleep in and watch movies all day. Others still, like myself, find a balance between catching up on schoolwork and rest while enjoying the season of fall.


It sometimes feels like fall never really happens in North Newton, Kansas. One day, it’s blistering hot summer and the next day it’s cold and bleak winter. Of course this is an exaggeration, but one can get so caught up in the extremes of the seasons that they forget to relish the brisk autumn afternoons.

The views on campus are truly one-of-a-kind this time of year. The many trees on campus are shedding their colorful leaves and leaving us with the opportunity to add a crunch to our walk to class. It’s the perfect college weather when everything from shorts to sweats to T-shirts to coats are all acceptable. So open your books, take your naps and bundle up on your walks. Fall break is only two days but it’s a great two days to be at Bethel.

Until next time –


Top 5 Best Places on Bethel’s Campus

It’s inevitable — we’ve got ourselves one beautiful campus. Whether it’s the great outdoors, the modern architecture or the historic landmarks that occupy Bethel’s grounds that make you fall in love with the place, I’ve got a few of my own favorites that I’d like to share.

1. The Sand Creek Nature Trail 

Of course, the diverse and refreshing beauty of nature around Bethel is probably what inspires me most about campus. Sand Creek Trail offers a nicely mulched walking/running path with countless types of trees and plants along the way (not to mention the critters that scurry about close to sunrise and sunset!). The creek that the trail is named after enhances the aesthetic of the area and the rushing sound after a big rain is one of the best sounds in the world. I run this trail usually several times a week for cross-country practice, yet it never gets old.


Need a study break or a breath of fresh air? Go check out the trail! 🙂

2. The third floor of Mantz Library

Yes, all of the third floor is really cool. But have you ever been way back in the corners where people don’t usually go, even further than the study rooms and NY Times room? Above the MLA, there are comfy couches and chairs tucked away in a cozy reading corner complete with lamps that give off a warming glow that’s perfect for studying, relaxing and the occasional between-class library nap.

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3. The chapel

I’m not sure if it’s the stained glass windows, the rustic history or the beautiful organ that makes the chapel such an inviting place, but whatever the case, it’s definitely a spot that everyone should visit. There’s something about seeing the sunlight shine on the Wednesday morning chapel speaker’s face that seems to give me a feeling of newness and light. The chapel is somewhere I know I can go in the middle of my busy week and feel refreshed by God’s presence.


4. Thresher National Disc Golf Course

I am somewhat of a noob at disc golf, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love getting out on Bethel’s very on disc golf course for some exercise and fresh air. My boyfriend Eric introduced me to the sport last January and I haven’t been able to get enough of it since! We’ve got 9 holes on campus currently, and 9 more tee locations will be added soon. While walking around from hole to hole, you really get a broad view of Bethel’s campus and the beauty it has to offer.

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5. The Green


Our blog is so aptly named after this wonderful location! 🙂 The Green is a place you can do a variety of activities. Play Ultimate Frisbee, study for a test and, if you’re feeling like it, you could even throw up a hammock on a nice evening and relax. The Green is the central hub of Bethel’s campus, and it offers a picturesque quality that is second to none.





Finding Joy in All Hours

Bethel students are known for being busy. Seriously, not like your average college student busy, I mean really busy. As a small liberal arts college, Bethel encourages one to get involved with their college experience.

Bethel students also happen to be incredibly driven and skilled in many areas. The result is, as I said, lots of busy students around campus. As someone who often feels overwhelmed with a busy schedule, I was struggling to be completely happy with my life of moving from one class, job, practice, etc. to the next.

This is due in part to the way I would view my schedule. There were three categories: free time (time to watch TV, sleep or whatever else I want); homework time; and scheduled time (practice, class or work). Free time is hard to find in my schedule and I found myself only able to be truly happy during this time. All other time was hours I had to grind through in order to get to my next block of free time.

Recently, I decided to make a switch in the way I perceived my time. All time, regardless of the category, was an opportunity to find happiness. Rather than surviving class or begrudgingly walking into work just waiting for my shift to be over, I decided to look at these hours as part of my happiness.

When I study, I make it a point to take breaks and talk to people or study with a small group of people. While I am focused in class, I try to participate and engage classmates in discussion. Suddenly the busy schedule seems like less of a burden and more of a blessing.

Like everyone else I enjoy my free time and time alone. I have come to find that the students at Bethel are incredibly special, and the more I talk to people, the more I want to understand their thoughts and beliefs or simply share a laugh with them.

My advice to my fellow Bethel students and future Bethel students is to embrace the busy schedule and the stress that comes with it. Find ways to experience joy and happiness through it all.

Bethel surrounds its students with caring professors, diverse and intelligent students and opportunities for work as well as play. My days left as a student at Bethel are numbered but I look forward to each one.



The picture captures the joy of waking up early to photograph a Kansas sunsrise.


Project Semicolon

Many of you may have seen people around campus wearing light grey shirts with a big maroon semicolon on them. Maybe you even have one yourself.

These shirts were given out last week at the National Suicide Awareness Day event here on campus. Do you know what the shirts really mean, though?

I got the idea to write about the semicolon project when my best friend asked me what the shirts actually mean.

I had a little bit of knowledge of what the semicolon meant already, but I decided to do a little more research into it.


“;” represents a faith-based movement known as Project Semicolon. It was launched in 2013 by Amy Bleul. Amy lost her father to suicide, and she personally struggled with mental health crises such as bullying, depression and rape. Amy strives to share the love of Christ with the world, and she prays that her story will inspire others.

In grammatical terms, a semicolon is evidence of a pause that is longer than that of a comma, but is shorter than the full stop of a period, according to For Project Semicolon, the semicolon represents those who have suffered from mental illness, addiction and suicide, as well the stigmas associated with them. The semicolon also represents that their story is not over, and that life and hope will go on.

“A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. 
The sentence is your life and the author is you.” 
– Project Semicolon

Project Semicolon has spread all around the world. Many musicians support the movement, and it has been widely spread through social media as well. People have even gotten tattoos of a semicolon to represent solidarity with the Semicolon Project, as well as to remind themselves that their story is not over.


So there’s just a little bit of information about what those T-shirts are all about. Now if someone asks you why you’re wearing shirt with a on it, you can tell them what it means!

For more information on the Semicolon Project, visit

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).





What I Did This Summer (Cliché, I know)

I know this is what everyone talks about at the beginning of the year. You all are probably tired of hearing about each other’s summers by now, but I’m going to go ahead and tell you about mine 🙂

This summer presented me with a lot of opportunities I never would have dreamed could be mine.

One of the most notable experiences was getting to research with one of my chemistry professors for six weeks over the summer. I was shocked at the opportunity because I was only a freshman when I got asked to participate. That just goes to show the amazing opportunities that Bethel offers to everyone — not just upperclassman.

This is me in the chemistry lab. One of the perks of my research was that my professor brought her dogs almost every day!

This is me in the chemistry lab. One of the perks of my research was that my professor brought her dogs almost every day!

I also got to be a counselor at Bethel’s Summer Science Institute. This was a great job opportunity to earn some extra cash, but also to get some leadership experience with counseling high schoolers. I was a little nervous because I’d never done anything like that before, but it turned out to be a highlight of my summer.

Group photo of campers and counselors at Summer Science Institute 2015

Group photo of campers and counselors at Summer Science Institute 2015

Another high point of summer was going on a camping trip over 4th of July weekend. I played lots of disc golf, ate some of the best barbecue I’d ever had and went to the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. The best part was sleeping in a tent and “roughing it” out in nature 🙂

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Oh, and I also went kayaking for the first time. LOVED IT.


I along with some of my fellow Student Government Association members attended a conference in early August where we had a blast and learned a multitude of information. The SGA website was on my to-do list this summer as well, and as frustrating as some design concepts were, I’m glad I put the work into it.

As you can see, it was an eventful some and one to remember for sure.

Now that I’m back at Bethel and enjoying every second of it, I am in the process of making lots more exciting experiences and good times.

Until next time,


My Last August at Bethel

Hello to the Bethel community,

My name is Eric Preheim and I am now a senior at Bethel. Reflecting on who I was and where I was, four years at Bethel has changed much about my life.

I am by no means ready to hit cruise control and coast to the finish. At the same time, I feel the need to “experience” college and participate in every single activity less and less. My energies have been realigned to focus on my final (sigh) soccer season, finishing up my academic year strong and connecting with and supporting the many people at Bethel I have come to admire, appreciate and continue to learn from.

When I am not at practice, in the classroom or studying I can usually be found at Applebees eating half-priced apps with my girlfriend, Kiley, or enjoying the music of the on-campus bluegrass band, The Flannelbacks.

In true Bethel fashion, this year has already provided me with new opportunities in my career path of interest, marketing, and put me in contact with new people that I can already call friends (I live with 5 new transfers and the soccer team has doubled in size).

It is only August but another great year seems to be on the horizon. I look forward to sharing more good news and the occasional struggle of living as a senior at Bethel College.

Until next time,