Monday, June 18, 2007

tunnel park

The last beach I was on was Paradise Beach on Santorini in Greece.  If you’ve been following my blogs, you know that was in October of 2006.  Since it is now mid-June of 2007, I decided it was about time to hit the beach once more.  On Saturday my friend Lindsey’s younger brother, Jalen, (you might remember them from the extreme croquet entry) had a baseball tournament in Holland, MI.  Because Ann Arbor, where their family lives, is about three hours from Holland, and Jalen’s first game was at 8 a.m., Lindsey’s family stayed in Grand Rapids with her grandparents on Friday night.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Festival of the Arts

Every June Grand Rapids celebrates the beginning of summer and the cultural diversity within the city with a Festival of the Arts.  My friend Emma and I decided to check it out last weekend, and we definitely liked what we saw.  There is so much to see and do at the Festival.  To begin with there are 19 different food vendors, and none of them are selling the same things.  There are Thai, Chinese, Lebanese, Greek, Dutch, and American foods (and I know there were others too, but I can’t remember them all). 

 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

extreme croquet

Unless you know my friends the Boumas, or are equally into crazy fun sports, you’ve probably never played extreme croquet.  It’s a game they made up, but it is based off the very mild and cultured game of croquet (of course).  This game is a bit different though.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

ending the semester

I spent a lot of time this past semester hanging out with three girls from my floor: Patience, Liz, and Eunji.  We like to do things with flair.  I mean, we have matching toe nail polish.  We go all out.  But really, who doesn’t like to be fun and creative?  So when it came time to end the semester and say goodbye, we knew it couldn’t be anything too simple. 

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Monday, May 07, 2007

special olympics

On Saturday I participated in something I have never done before: the Special Olympics.  Mind you, I was a chaperone, not an athelete.  But it was still a neat thing to participate in.  The atheletes were really good at their events, and showed incredible courage and enthusiasm.  If only I could apply that to my life these days…

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Friday, May 04, 2007

signing a lease

There are those defining moments in your life when you think to yourself, “I am growing up.”  I had one of those moments on Tuesday evening, around 5:30.  I signed my first lease.  I’m going to be a renter.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Displace Me

Last night (Saturday, April 28) was a nation-wide effort to raise awareness about the horrible living conditions caused by the 21-year war in northern Uganda.  This event, called Displace Me, occured in 15 US cities and over 67,000 people participated.  I was one of them.  I traveled to Soldier Field in Chicago, the nearest Displace Me city, with seven other students from my dorm.  There were over 5,000 people there in the parking lot where we set up a simulated displacement camp for the night.  These pictures don’t do justice to the amount of people who were there, but at least they give you an idea of the magnitude of this event.
 

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

changing my major

They say something like 2/3 of college students change their major at least once.  This is one of those things, however, that isn’t easier because “everyone else is doing it.”  I’ve been wrestling with the idea of changing my major for a while now, and I’ve finally decided to do it. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

a black tie affair

I think I’ve mentioned that I am the Activities Coordinator (AC) for my floor.  It is a position that I love…somedays more than others.  Yesterday was a very gratifying day in my capacity as AC. 

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

the greatest floordate

I’m not sure the title is entirely true, but if this floordate wasn’t the best, it was at least right up there at the top of the list.  Maybe I should start with what a floordate is.  It’s not that complicated: basically a girls’ floor goes on a “date” with a boys’ floor.  This past Friday at 4 my floor had a date with 3rd Beets.  I have a few friends on that floor (like Nehemiah…you should read his blog about this same event!  http://www.calvin.edu/weblogs/reflecting_nehemiah), and we thought our floors would have a good time together. 

As AC (activities coordinator), I get to pick what floors we date and what we do, so naturally I asked their AC if they would like to date us.  After receiving an affirmative answer, we decided to do a photo scavenger hunt.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spring Break

Well I didn’t engage in any of the “typical” spring break activities this year.  I suppose I did go a little bit south, because geographically Iowa is at a lower latitude than Michigan, but not by much, and it’s certainly no warmer.  I didn’t go on a Service-Learning Center trip like I did last year.  Lots of Calvin students participate in those, and they’re good trips to do.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Rangeela

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. 

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Monday, February 19, 2007

long time

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!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

back at Calvin

The transition back into Calvin-life has not been a particularly easy one, but it has been and continues to be enjoyable.  Obviously the biggest change I had to make was the people I spent my time with.  Very few of my friends from Hungary live on campus, and none are in my dorm.  I see Karin from time to time in the dining hall, and I’ve run into various others at the January Series (a lecture series Calvin puts on every January…most definitely worth one’s time), but for the most part, the people around me now are completely new.  My dorm is full of freshmen I haven’t had a chance to get to know.  I have a different RA.  I’m not even living with my roommate from last year.  So things are different.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Paris and resettling

Last spring when the planning of our fall semester was still happening, the option of a day in Paris on the way home was presented to us.  At the time it seemed like an awesome idea, so I eagerly signed up for it.  I was pleased to find out that I was one of about ten Calvin students signed up for a Parisian Christmas-time experience.  Over the course of the semester, three students changed their mind, and as the time neared, those of us who were still going did not all end up booking the same hostel.  So my time was shared only with Mary and Chandra, but it was absolutely fantastic. 

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