There's more to life at Bethel than classes & seminars

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  • Mudslam, AKA The Dirtiest Volleyball You Have Ever Played

    Mudslam, AKA The Dirtiest Volleyball You Have Ever Played

  • Mod Life: Finding Fun Amidst Stress

    Mod Life: Finding Fun Amidst Stress

Concert Choir Tour 2015

Concert Choir Tour 2015

The choir's annual spring break tour took them into churches of various denominations in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, where they experienced amazing hospitality from an equal variety of people.
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Bethel in bloom

Bethel in bloom

It seems like we just turned around and suddenly it's spring all over the Bethel campus.
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Spring Fling 2015

Spring Fling 2015

Above is a photo from 2015's Bubbert Awards fun. The Bubberts capped off Spring Fling week, which also included Ultimate Trivia, laser tag, Capture the Flag and Bethel Olympics. Plus an Iron Chef Cook-off with a secret ingredient...
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The end of another school year

The end of another school year

Wrapping up, finishing up and moving out, as another school year ends. Our bloggers appreciate coffee, friends, beautiful coffee, summer plans, study breaks and ... coffee.
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Pretending it’s still November…

It’s not just me. It’s the weather also. I won’t question the 55 degree warmth though… after 4 years of residency in Kansas, I’m not surprised anymore.And while we’re pretending it’s still November:I got to see Wicked! This musical (based on the novel by Gregory Maguire) has been one I’ve wanted to see for so very long. When two tickets magically appeared in the mail (thanks friend) I was giddy. And now one dream is fulfilled. Read More


Hey there. So today I’m thinking about our upcoming European Choir Tour in January. I’m really glad that I’ve been able to be in this choir and have these kinds of opportunities. I really enjoyed our tour through the southwest last year, but I anticipate that going to Europe for 3-4 weeks is going to be infinitely better. Read More

One month Left in a Foreign Land

December is upon us! Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye (actually I just blinked now and it’s still not here), and I’m coming back to Kansas very soon! Now is the time to decide what I should do before leaving Ecuador. I have traveled so much I don’t have any other place I am DYING to go to, except to climb to the top of Cotopaxi, the second largest mountain in Ecuador. Read More


I couldn’t post this at the time I wrote it, but I hope you don’t mind.I’m currently sitting scrunched in the back of a van on my way back from visiting my family in Beatrice, Nebraska, for Thanksgiving. In the last couple of hours I have realized two very important things: classes start again tomorrow, and I don’t have my homework done. I suppose that for those of you who know me this doesn’t come as any surprise. Haha, I guess I could find it reassuring that some things never change? Anyway, I really love Thanksgiving, but not just for the food. Seeing friends and family again is always good. Read More

Preparing for the post-Thanksgiving push

Well, I’m back from Thanksgiving break, and things are as hectic as ever! Two papers, a test, and production night for the Collegian (our school newspaper) ALL this week! Yikesss!!! I have to remind myself that it’ll all be over soon–two weeks of regular classes left, then one week of finals. This semester has gone by sooo fast! I can’t believe it’s already almost time for Christmas break. Read More

I am thankful for. . .

Sleeping inNot having morning classes (see above)LegosMusicRatsCracking open a book for the first timeMy dashing good looksLaughter Read More

Borscht in Ecuador!

My daily diet has consisted of chicken and rice. It is very nice, but a few weeks ago I was ready for a change. I was blessed to have my parents come and visit me in the beginning of November, and they stayed at a guest house of a large mission in Quito. My mom seems to find connections in every nook and cranny of the world, and she somehow made contact with a German Mennonite family living in Quito. Herman Schirmacher, the head of the household, was actually born and raised in Paraguay but then moved to Germany, got married and had five children, moved a few more times, and eventually ended up in Quito with his wife and three kids. He works for HCJB, a large Christian Radio Ministry that stands for Hands of Christ Jesus Blessing. It’s a large operation that also has a hospital, hydropower plant and high school. Read More

Of things to come…

Well it’s been a little while since I blogged last, but I was thinking about all of the cool things coming up the rest of this semester and next semester too, and thought I’d share a little. We watched Die Fledermaus on Thursday night for my voice class and because I’m in the opera and it really made me freak out a little because of how much work I’m going to have to do to do well in this production. Read More

I Can Smell the Thanks Coming

The caf has taken special interest in the meals this week–many of them are based on what is traditionally served for Thanksgiving meals. I like the fact that they have the holiday spirit, but boy is it making me long for my family’s traditional dishes. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving break, a time to be thankful for family and NO SCHOOL!!!

My awful weekend (and a few good things!)

It all started on Friday…I started to get a sore throat, and it hurt to play any instrument. “This has happened before,” I thought, “where I get some awful cold right before a forensics tournament.” In an unrelated event, a close family friend ended up in the hospital and was thought to not live through the weekend.Saturday rolls around and I compete in forensics all day–I was worrying about this family friend. I was also drinking 2 bottles of orange juice and at least 4 bottles of water because my throat hurt SO bad. I had a hard time speaking loudly, and when I made it to finals in DI, I nearly nailed the performance but my voice wanted to quit a few times. Read More