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October 28, 2011

Camping, Creeks, and Community

Camping, Creeks, and Community

As I write, I am waiting for Greek class to start and sitting next to Devon, a fellow Floridian. She is doing her best to distract me (and failing of course). Koert, my small group leader, is teaching Greek as an optional “enrichment� course for about an hour each week, but really he is just trying to refresh his memory before beginning seminary. As you may know, Summit Semester is marketed as an intense Christian academic program. Class time and study are the central items around which the rest of the schedule is arranged, and with options like Greek, we certainly get our fill of rigorous academics. But the community aspect unique to Semester provides many opportunities to build relationships outside of class. Camping is just one example.

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October 25, 2011

Poems and People

Poems and People

Coming to Summit Semester seemed to bode a study in intellect, and the value and power of the mind. True to this representation, Summit Semester intends to shape the mind of the students, and it has certainly shaped mine. But a further advantage has been granted to me that I did not anticipate: the social structure. Sure, I knew that…

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October 19, 2011

Best Kept Secret

Best Kept Secret

I'm not sure what my fellow students have been writing about in the blogs up until now, but I highly doubt their posts will be anything like mine. I have never considered myself a “good writer." Really, if I were a good writer I probably would have used a better word than “good." Yet here I am because I have…

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October 13, 2011

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

For the past few days, the weather at Snow Wolf Lodge has been cold and rainy. However, this doesn’t bother me because I love cold weather; a good torrential downpour from the heavens is one of my favorite things. As one of our many scheduled activities, once a week we all disperse to our special place on the property for…

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October 10, 2011

Thinking and Learning

Thinking and Learning

“If teaching is more than telling, then learning is more than writing things down,� says Dr. Michael Bauman who constantly encourages me to think and ask rather than remain idle. In fact, if I remain idle for too long, he does not hesitate to call on me by name. Dr. Bauman always forces me to not only state the points but to support them with facts. My belief in something can never be enough. Proving my belief becomes as essential as eating in Dr. Bauman’s classroom, and in the real world. This leads me to one of two things: either I come to a deeper understanding of what I believe or my opinion alters to one that reflects truth.

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October 06, 2011

Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

Snow Wolf Lodge has become our home in less than three weeks, and family bonds are most definitely starting to form. On day one we learned to “LOVE WEEDS!!!� no, not the illegal kind. Canadian Thistle is a dreaded little scoundrel to those playing volleyball or ultimate frisbee, if not plucked lovingly from its soil. But if it has a chance to mature, it has a beauty and fragrance that is captivating.

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October 03, 2011

Good Morning

Good Morning

Good morning, world! What a whirlwind two weeks it’s been! Wait, did I really just say two weeks? Gosh, it actually feels like Semester has been in session for a month now. It’s amazing to me how well everyone is already getting to know each other. We truly will be like a family come December.

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