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October 09, 2010



“Would you like to change your answer?” I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Dr. Bauman ask this at least ten times in class, and I’m also pretty sure he wants to ask it just about every time we answer one of his questions. One of the many things I’ve learned from Dr. Bauman is that learning is not just for adding to your knowledge. It’s also for changing your way of thinking. There are many things I thought I knew before I came here, but now that I’ve actually had to think, I’ve seen that I don’t know nearly as much as I thought. Because of this, I’ve found that my theology is kind of like Swiss Cheese—it’s full of holes. But don’t worry, I’m working on changing that.


On a lighter note, today we went to the sand dunes, and it was so much fun. I got to sled down this huge sand mountain. Other people went sand boarding, and then around noon we played speed volleyball. When I came here last month I hated volleyball, but that changed after about three days. Now I love it. I actually find myself craving it all the time.


Tonight after we got home from the sand dunes we had movie night. We watch a movie once a week with the whole Summit Semester family, and then after we have a discussion about it. Two weeks ago we watched “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” There were so many statements in that movie that I never even noticed before. It’s amazing the things you notice in movies when you really pay attention.

I could go on and on about the many things I’ve been learning in this amazing place, but to save some time I’ll just make a short list.


Five Things I’ve Learned in the Past Four Weeks:


1.  Ideas are like grapes; they come in clusters.

2.  I am way too slow at typing, and I have a horrible memory. This is a horrible combination when it comes to note-taking. I think if I want to be successful in college I’m must work on this.

3.  Sometimes it is good to be alone.

4.  My family is pretty awesome (my real family and my Summit family).

5.  No matter what you have planned for the future, God is in control.

Blogger's Bio: Our lone Alaskan student, Melissa wants to be a high school English teacher and has considered studying politics.  “I know I am called to stand up for what I believe…so right now I’m seeking God’s direction.”  Melissa has been active in choir during high school and a part of the worship team at church.  She has received training from Christian Youth in Action to lead five-day clubs for kids and has been on numerous missions trips to Mexico.

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  • October 16, 2010 // 11:49 pm //  # 
    Jill Fraley's avatar Jill Fraley

    You are amazing!!!  I’m in such awe as I watch you grow more and more in the Lord!!!  I’m so thankful for your Summit family…but your “real” family misses you way tooooo much!!!!!  Love you much, Mom

  • October 17, 2010 // 12:12 am //  # 
    Jill Fraley's avatar Jill Fraley

    P.S.  Happy 19th Birthday!!!!  Have a great day!!!  Love you!!!

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