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Growing to realize

Bethel College is filled with people from all different walks of life. We have Mennonites, we have atheists, we have people who have never questioned their love of Bethel and those who have considered transferring. I am both, oddly enough, a Mennonite and someone who has considered transferring away from Bethel. Bethel was a long way from home and much different from the high school life that I had come to know and love. Doubt flooded my veins and I wondered if I would be better off at a fraternity in a big university. My friends and my coach were instrumental in bringing me back to Bethel. My skepticism slowly turned to reassurance that I had indeed made the right decision in coming to Bethel. Starting my sophomore year, I would grow to love Bethel not because I am Mennonite and have family history at Bethel, but because I genuinely cherished the education I was receiving, the friends I was making and the community in which I grew into the person I am today. Growth is a part of life and it is certainly a part of college. I am fortunate to be able to have stumbled only to find an entire college ready to help me find my own path and grow in my own way. I have grown to realize that being a Thresher is something very special.

Bethel’s Support System

When something tragic happens to a person, it’s always good for them to have a supportive circle of family and friends around to comfort and help in such times of need. I’ve always had family and friends who have been there for me when disaster strikes, but it wasn’t until I came to Bethel that I fully experienced how loving and supportive a community could be.

A couple of weeks ago, my grandmother passed away. It was hard on my family and me. My grandparents and a good portion of my family live in Oklahoma, so I traveled back and forth to Oklahoma a few times during those two weeks. I mainly told my close friends about what was going on with my grandmother’s passing, but it wasn’t long before I was being consoled by students and faculty around campus that I didn’t even know that well.

So on behalf of myself and my family — thank you, Bethel community, for your continued support in times of great joy as well as great loss.

I am truly blessed to be surrounded by a people that cares so deeply for the needs of others. Bethel College has again proven to be exactly where I need to be.

Kiley

A little shy…But willing to try!

Hi everyone! My name is Cassandra Josselyn. Most people know me as Cassie here on campus.

I am a freshman from Plymouth, Nebraska.

I intend to major in social work and hopefully get into law school after graduation. That’s my plan for now anyways — who knows, in the next four years, I may change and have a brand new plan altogether!

I’ve never really had a blog so I apologize if this blog sucks, but I will try my best to write about some fun things!

I guess since this is an introductory blog post, I should start by telling you all a few things about me. I am 18 years old with high interest in volunteer programs that involve helping people and animals. Right now, I am serving my Service Learning Scholarship at Heart To Heart, a child advocacy center in Newton, and I would also love to help out at the homeless shelter and/or animal shelter.

I also love to write. I write for The Collegian, and am a copy writer for this year’s Thresher yearbook. My campus job also involves writing — as the News Service assistant, I write publications for certain upcoming events at Bethel.

If you’ve seen me around campus, you might notice that I am a bit shy and not very outgoing. This comes from me having a bit of social anxiety around new people.

My favorite color is blue, which happens to be the same color as my hair! A lot of people ask me why I decided to dye it this color, and the answer is simple! I just wanted to try something new :)

My favorite movie is A Walk To Remember and my favorite author is, of course, Nicholas Sparks. My favorite two books though, would have to be Dreamland and Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen. And yes, I like to read for fun, when I have time.

I love listening to all kinds of music, from alternative punk rock, to classic country music, but my favorite band by far would have to be Pierce The Veil. I saw them at Warped Tour this last summer, and they were amazing!

My favorite television show is American Horror Story, for those of you who haven’t seen it, it is the most intense show I have ever watched and yes, okay, it might all be more of a fantasy-type program, but you will get addicted if you give it a chance!

The only thing I am allergic to are arrogant people and know-it-alls. I can’t stand people who think they are better then everyone else.

Now that you know a bit more about me, come say hi anytime when you see me around :)

Newton’s River Walk

I recently took my dog on a walk along the river that runs through Newton and eventually turns into the Sand Creek that lies just east of Bethel. The city of Newton has done a great job with providing sidewalks, dog pick-up bags and benches along the length of the walking path. The scenery is unexpectedly serene and beautiful, especially with the heart of Newton being just a block away.

One small thing was missing from the lovely path though — sufficient lighting! I went walking around 8:30 p.m., and there was an obvious lack of lighting on the sidewalks along the river. With the temperatures warming up, people are going to want to be walking, running or riding their bikes in the evening, and the sidewalk is far too dark to be considered safe for nighttime.

I would highly recommend taking a stroll down the path along the river. It’s a perfect study break and a change of scenery that’s only about a mile from campus. However, if you’re going at night, be sure and take a flashlight!

 

Introducing Eric

Hey, anyone and everyone who reads Bethel blogs!

My name is Eric Preheim and I am a junior here at Bethel. I was born in Kansas City, Kansas, grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. I came to Bethel as a 4th-generation legacy student. I have been fortunate enough to play soccer with Bethel in my three years here so far. I am a double major in business and psychology but I definitely have a love for history and geography as well. In my free time, I enjoy playing disc golf and the most important aspect of college, building friendships. I am involved in a variety of aspects of Bethel including: intramurals, admissions and the weight room on campus. I enjoy learning from fellow students and professors while hopefully influencing them in a positive manner as well.

I look forward to continued blogs,

Eric

Sun’s Out Guns Out

Okay folks, spring is upon us and everyone knows what that means… Sun’s Out Guns Out.

Everywhere you look on campus there is spring clothing. You’ve got those who rock the khakis, bro tanks, and Raybans. Then you’ve got the spring dresses and skirts. Of course, there are those cute strappy sandals. And you will ALWAYS see people without shoes.

This is the best part of Bethel! Bethel always gets lively when the sun comes out. You will see people do many of the following things…

Ultimate Frisbee on the Green

Studying outdoors

Disc Golf

Sand Volleyball and basketball

The list goes on and on. So when you see these people outside go join them! I am 100% positive they will not mind at all. Get out there and have some fun in the sun!

Brooke

Introducing Kiley

Hello Bethelites!

I just wanted to write a post introducing myself.  I am one of Bethel’s newest bloggers.

My name is Kiley Varney.  I am a freshman here at Bethel.  I run cross country and track, and I am a freshman representative on our Student Government Association.  My major is biology, and I’m also minoring in chemistry and art.  My hope is to be accepted to medical school after graduation from Bethel.  Besides classes, sports, and extracurricular activities, my jobs keep me pretty busy.  I currently work at the Citizen’s State Bank in Hesston, where I’ve been a customer service representative for almost a year and a half.  I also work as a chemistry department assistant and I’m an office assistant for our Department of Counseling, Career Services and Experiential Learning.

I am originally from Hutchinson, Kansas, but I moved to Hesston, Kansas, when I was 9 years old and graduated high school there.

In my free time, I love to bake and cook, as well as spend time with my 3 dogs.  I also love meeting new people and making friends!

 

Introducing Brooke

Hello all. Here is my first blog for Bethel. I am not sure how this is going to go, so here is the warning now. Let’s start with the logistics.

Name: Brooke Powers

Classification: Senior

Major: Dual in Athletic Training and Natural Sciences (emphasis in Biology)

Minor: Chemistry

Hometown: Too many places, I grew up military, but for the time being, let’s say Wamego, Kansas.

Athletics: Not anymore. I played softball for two years here at Bethel.

Music: Heck no, I am awful.

Now that the boring stuff is out the way, I will tell you the fun stuff. I grew up military, as I said before, which was the best thing ever. I mean I lived in Germany! I got to go to Disneyland Paris, hit the Alps, see too many castles to count, and so much more. I talk far too much (ask anyone who knows me). I am a serious book fanatic. I am the weirdo who loves the smell of libraries. I also am a sports fanatic (hint: this is why I like Athletic Training so much). My favorite teams are K-State, Notre Dame, the Green Bay Packers, and the KC Royals. I also follow NASCAR and am a fan of Dale Jr. (Yes, all they do is take another left turn, yet I still love it.) I got to go on an interterm trip this past January to Costa Rica. That was so much fun! I had the best group of people and the best professor. I will blog about that trip in a different post. This post is strictly for introductions. Let’s see — my favorite color is purple, my favorite meal is spaghetti, and my favorite saying is “God Bless America.”

Hope this has helped you get to know me a bit more and I hope this makes you want to read more. Although, I totally understand if you don’t. I mean, hey, I don’t know that much and don’t have that good of stories. I am only 22.

Talk to you soon, my new loyal followers.     — Brooke

(in the back of the cart, with the long hair)

Blog.Brooke

Staying positive and staying warm

Positivity amid the cold weather

Let’s be honest — I think everyone is tired of this cold weather.  Who wouldn’t like to be outside in 75 degree weather wearing shorts and sandals right now?  I know I sure wouldn’t mind.  Whether we like it or not though, this Kansas weather is beyond the realm of our control.  From the bone-chilling morning temperatures that bring snow to the warm sun that shines five minutes later, our best bet is to accept it and try not to let the weather bring us down.

I’ll be the first to admit that I do enjoy change.  New semesters that bring different classes, a haircut, or even a change to the background picture on my phone give me a new, fresh feeling.  Why not look at the weather the same way?  After all, not everyone here at Bethel comes from an area where he or she can indulge in the luxury of four seasons a year (or sometimes a day).  As someone who likes change, I’m always ready for a new season to arrive.  Back in October, I couldn’t wait for the snow to come, just for a change of scenery.  It was something new and exciting that I hadn’t seen in a year.  So even though I wake up in the morning and dread walking to class in the freezing temperature, I can rest assured knowing that spring is well on its way.  It will surely come in its due time, just like winter did.

By the time next fall rolls around, I’ll be wishing the snow was back on the ground again.  So instead of being bitter about the even more bitter temperatures, let’s enjoy the rest of the winter season while we can.  That way, when the leaves on the trees do decide to come back, we will enjoy the fresh smell of spring and the mornings we can finally go out without coats that much more.  –Kiley Varney

Stress Buster Tips

Today is reading day, which is the day before finals start in which we have no classes and can study and prepare for our finals. It’s crazy to think that this time of the year is already here. To help relieve some of the stress of finals, I find it helpful to remember some easy ways to reduce stress to get me through studying and through finals week.

Five tips  to reduce stress courtesy of  the Huffington post article : “23 Scientifically-Backed Ways to Reduce Stress Right Now”

1. Progressive Relaxation – I have actually used this before and it has been very helpful. You start at your head and move all the way to your toes, tensing and then releasing/relaxing each muscle group. Once the body is fully relaxed, it is supposed to help relax your mind too.

2. Breathe Deep – Yes, sometimes it can be as simple as that!  It has been proven that taking deep breaths lower cortisol levels which helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

3. Listen to Music  – There has been research showing music can help relieve stress by triggering biochemical stress reducers. Another good reason for me to listen to music!

4. Exercise – If you need a brain break from all your studying or work, go exercise! Research says that post-exercise endorphin rush is a good way to sharply reduce stress.

5. Take a Nap If you aren’t feeling exercise for a brain break, try taking a power nap instead! This also has been shown to reduce cortisol levels which aids in stress relief. This tip will definitely come in handy for me personally!

So whether you are like me and studying for finals, or in the education field and rushing to get everything done before the end of the school year, or just having a stressful time in work or in general, remember these easy tips to reduce stress and stay tuned for some more stress-reducing tips!