Today is early enrollment day for incoming freshman. This year it is really exciting to have this day publicized to all of the students and faculty. I don’t ever remember in years past that we even had an early enrollment day. But it is amazing too see almost 50 new students coming onto campus and enrolling. It goes to show that our Admissions team is working very hard to bring new students to campus and that their hard work is paying off. I am very excited to see just how many new students are on campus in the fall. I am sure that the campus will have a new feel to it and because there will be so many new people! I know that all Admissions staff, coaches, faculty, and students have worked very hard this year to bring lots of prospective students onto campus and to try and increase enrollment. I truly believe that all of this hard work is beginning to show and beginning to finally pay off. This year has been a lower enrollment year than in recent years, but everyone is and has been working hard to increase enrollment. I am truly excited to see how our campus grows come fall semester!!
Service Day is day where all the students at Bethel go out into the community and lend a helping hand. It was so exciting this year because so many people signed up and everyone was willing and able to go out into the community and volunteer their time. This service day was very unique in that more people volunteered than usual and students actually had fun stories to tell about their voluntary service. Maybe we should have a day like this every month to really show our service. Seek. Serve. Grow. Bethel College. Our new motto for Bethel is really emphasized when the community gets involved in service.
When spring comes along it means beautiful weather, everyone going outside, etc. But with spring also comes spring workouts. The football team has been doing 6 am running a few days a week to prepare for their spring football game. The men’s and women’s basketball teams have been hosting recruits, playing pick up games and hitting the weight room hard. The volleyball team has been doing their jump workouts a few times a week also. So the gym is the place to be every afternoon around 4 pm. The track teams and the tennis teams are in season, so they are hitting the track and courts everyday at 4! For me personally, I am in basketball. I do enjoy time away from practicing, but spring is a fun time to be able to hit the weight room, run outside, and play pick up games. Most every afternoon there is someone playing ball in the gym.
Well, it’s been a few days, and I am starting to feel more settled in. My apartment is starting to both look and feel more homey, and I’ve met a couple more people. As I stated in my last blog, Wednesday we went to Cologne. Pia, another Wuppertal-Bethel exchange student currently at Bethel, has a sister here named Marie, so she was kind enough to take us. It was both me and Chris’ second time there (we stopped there on choir tour in January, and Chris went there on a trip over Interterm last January). We mostly just walked around – the weather was wonderful, so it was nice to spend time outside. Across the Rhein River there was a carnival going on, so we went to check it out. It was pretty much exactly like any American carnival – I guess carnies look the same no matter what country you’re in! Read More
Well, the time has finally come: I’ve arrived in Germany for my semester abroad! I am in Wuppertal, a city in the western part of the country. Bethel has had an exchange program with the university here since the 1950’s in which two student from Bethel go to Wuppertal, and two students from Wuppertal go to Bethel. It’s amazing to not only have an opportunity to study abroad, but also participate in such a long-standing tradition. Read More
Good Friday has come and gone, and Easter is in two days! I can hardly believe it. The Bethel campus has been a buzz with sand volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and happy students basking in the sun. Springtime livens the hearts of those who have been in hibernation during winter, and it calls to the warm breeze of summer. Read More
So it’s the first of April, and even though this is a day known for pranks and humor, the nice weather we’ve been having this week is no joke. I’m always amazed at how much the seasons and weather in general affect my moods/activities throughout the year. Having been born in the spring has always made me love this season, though I’ve come to appreciate the new leaves and green grass even more than getting presents on the day of my birth as my life has gone on. I notice that I’m usually happier during the spring, which I think may very possibly be directly related to how much exercise I get. It’s so much easier to go for a run or play volleyball with friends if the weather is nice than during our harsh Kansas winters. Sure, I could go to the basement of Memorial Hall and lift weights or run on the treadmills, but it’s just not the same, you know? Something about hearing the pound of my feet on the Bethel trails or feeling the sand of the volleyball pit between my toes just makes me feel more alive. It’s almost as if when the Earth is reborn every year I am too, and that’s a pretty cool feeling. Anyways…. Read More
So this is the first week back from spring break…and nobody can seem to get in ‘class mode’. It may have something to do with the fact that the weather outside is amazing, but it also has a lot to do with that it is the time of year when the academic grind comes in. We have about 2 months left of school so now all of the projects, papers and tests before finals start to pile up. As a student I need to begin to buckle down and get out of spring break mode. This is easier said than done, but it is something I have to do! I have a book report due next week, two tests next week, and a paper. Well, here it goes the craziness of the rest of the year! Bring it on!
Spring break is the ultimate break for many at Bethel College, but the Monday after break is over seems to be one of the unity experiences at Bethel. Today many of the students were so excited to finally be back from their trips, see their peers and faculty members as well as sharing in one another’s stories about their spring break. The excitement and the joy that I have seen on everyone’s faces today is what makes me love Bethel College – because of the fun, warm and loving environment.
I might still be frustrated with the way life works. Oh well.The Student Teacher Handbook tells me that I must follow the schedule of my cooperating school, not Bethel College. It’s really too bad then that our Spring Breaks did not line up. So while all the Bethel folks were studying and taking midterms, I took a drive home to Iowa. Most exciting event while I was home: Seeing The Steel Wheels in concert. The first time I saw them was here at Bethel as a freshman. If you like bluegrass, or americana, or beautiful harmonies, check them out. Plus it was a chance for me and my dad to hang out. And it was one of the best concerts I’ve seen. But then I had to turn around and head back to Kansas just as my modmates started driving south for Texas. Ugh.I’d ask for pity, but here I am, doing my student teaching thing, with a (mostly) empty campus, and I still love it. Read More