Sunday, February 25, 2007
Every year Calvin’s international students put on a variety show called Rangeela in which they display mostly the music and dances of their various cultures. They always put on such a phenomenal show. Well, at least the past two years they have. I didn’t see it before then because I was in high school in Iowa. But the performances are beautifully executed and well put together, and so many cultures are represented. There were dances, skits, songs, and demonstrations from Thailand, New Zealand, the Phillippines, South Africa, Ireland, China, Vietnam, India, Korea, and various European and African countries. I don’t think there are pictures up on Calvin’s website yet, but you can see the preview video on youtube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfdIiDS4sFw. Or visit Calvin’s international student webpage at http://www.calvin.edu/admin/admissions/international/. There are some cool things going on here at Calvin.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Well, I do apologize for the long hiatus I have taken from writing this blog! You must have been wondering what happened to me! The truth is, my semester in Hungary broke many of my study habits, and I’ve been busy reforming them. Last semester was rather low-key academics-wise, and this semester is just the opposite. Interim was good for getting back into the habit of being at Calvin, but did not do much to prepare me for the academic rigor of the semester. I’m so glad I was here for Interim, because I got to know the people on my floor and in my dorm, and if I had only returned to Calvin at the start of the semester I would not have had time to do that. Calvin doesn’t get a reputation for being academically challenging for nothing!