Friday, July 25, 2008
Last night I joined two Admissions Counselors and another student assistant as we drove the two and a half hours to Schererville, IN, just outside Chicago, to host a cookout for prospective students and their families. The idea was that if someone was perhaps mildly interested in Calvin, they might be more likely to come hear about us at a cookout in their neighborhood than to drive all the way to see Calvin for themselves. Hopefully we convinced some of them that Calvin is worth a look.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Time is a funny thing. Sometimes you cannot believe so much of it has passed, and sometimes it moves at a snail’s pace. Friday night I was talking with a friend who is going to Hungary this fall, and I realized that it has been two years since I was preparing for that same semester abroad. Two years! No way! It seems like it just happened sometimes. Other times though, like today when I was looking back through my scrapbooks from my time in Hungary, it seems like it was all a dream or something that happened in another lifetime. I was a wide-eyed nineteen-year-old when I went, and while I’m not all that much older and wiser now, sometimes I feel like that carefree Emily is hard to find these days. I’m often consumed with thoughts of grad school and what my post-college life will look like, and I just want to take a step back and stop worrying about it all.
Monday, July 07, 2008
an easy contentedness
As I sit here in my dining room tonight, I am content. My housemates and I have just returned from a grocery shopping excursion. We are never reminded that we are fairly poor people more acutely than when we are attempting to have enough money to buy decent groceries. We all feel the need to put healthy food into our bodies, but it is expensive! We try to save money in other ways so that we can afford fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, and whole wheat cereals, pastas, and breads. These sorts of things taste better and fill us up faster, even if they do hit the wallet a little hard in the check-out line. So it’s a sacrifice we make. We don’t want to fall into the very tempting trap of buying simply the cheapest things at the risk of compromising our health. Hopefully later this summer our garden will begin to supplement our vegetable requirements, but the garden isn’t flourishing quite as well as we had originally hoped.