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In celebration of being back home (yes, Lewis & Clark home) I had fun taking pictures of some of the “green” around campus. Minnesota’s brown-and-white color scheme was awesome for a while, but honestly, the break got a little long and I was anxious to get back here to the rain-and-green scheme of things.
Break was good though, seeing old friends, my brothers, my DOGS, neighbors, parental units – it was definitely good… but weird to be bringing four months of L&C back with me to a place where nobody could really relate. However, some perks of being (Minnesota) home: Home cooked meals, your room, driving a car, being OK with having a day of nothing, remembering how awesome it is to not be in High School, visiting High School teachers, seeing friends still caught in the tornado of end-of-High-School-which-college-should-I-go-to stream of emotions – so lots of awesome stuff. But dang is it good to be back.
Over New Years I visited some Work Crew friends in Michigan. I stayed at my friend Madisyn’s house, and surprised our mutual friend Elyn with my visit. Unfortunately, my train got in at 9:45pm and Elyn was sick! So she was in bed when I called her and made her come open the door to her house and give me a hug. One of the things that I love about my friends in Michigan, Minnesota and at especially at L&C is that they are so internationally minded! Madisyn and Elyn will be going to India in 4 days (!) partnering with the Gospel Association of India, and will be there for two weeks. They asked me to go with, but school is where I’m supposed to be right now. I wish I could go so badly though! I mean two of my best friends will be in India. In four days. How amazing is that?!?
OK, as you can see, I’m pretty excited for them. But, back to Oregon. So, classes this semester. I have been to each class once so far, and I am excited to go to them again. Intro to Sociology, The New Testament/Early Christian Origins, Exploration & Discovery – The Auditory Experience, and Spanish. Want to know more about a specific class? Email me! - Sorry, shameless plug, but anyway, just the amount of material that I will be covering this semester is so cool to think about. (One difference in college is that you get a Syllabus where it tells you each day what you need to prepare for each class instead of waiting until the end of a High School class to figure out the assignment for the next day.) So looking at the Syllabi, it is going to be a lot of work, but definitely a lot of interesting work.
Another fun thing I got to be a part of was my High School’s Alumni Day. There were 11 of us, all first-year students at different Colleges/Universities around the country, and we talked about college. We were asked questions by students, faculty and more So, I had some practice talking to my fellow Minnesotans about college, and I know that this is the crunch time for scholarship applications and final college applications, so if you want/need/desire advice or help about anything regarding college in general, you know the first place to go:
If you don’t want to read the whole thing, please just read the last five lines…
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.