Blogs - Summit Semester
November 25, 2008
Christmas and Slumber Parties
With only four days remaining here at summit semester, you can feel the mood starting to change. The students are excited to get back home, to bring everything they have learned and discovered back home to their daily lives. But there is also a sense of sadness. It will be painful to leave everything that we have come to know and love about Summit Semester, but the most difficult thing will be saying goodbye to each other. Living in such close quarters to twenty-seven of your peers day in and day out creates many close friendships. However, all good things must come to an end.
Picking up the action since the last blog, I will start with Friday night. Four of the guys came up with the brilliant idea to go on a hike and sleep outside in ten degree weather. We discovered the next morning that they were able to get a grand total of three hours of sleep. On Saturday, we were taken into Pagosa Springs to use internet or just chill in a coffee shop and read. That evening, the girls had a slumber party which included watching Kung Fu Panda. For obvious reasons, I don't really know any other details. Sunday we attended Grace church for the last time. Directly after church, a group of us went to a grille to celebrate Brandon's and Julie's birthday. It was a lot of fun even though the food took an hour and a half to come out. The rest of the day was pretty calm, with people heading to bed earlier than usual to prepare for classes the next day.
Monday we had our very last Politics class where we concluded a lesson on the constitutional convention and discussed the founding fathers. This was followed by Theology class where we are learning about Martin Luther and his beliefs. And finally, we had Literature class. We are studying the poetry of Walter de la Mare. I can't talk for everyone, but personally, I have a new found respect for poetry. I'm sure this has been said in every blog preceding this one, but it cannot be stressed enough what an incredible teacher Dr. Bauman is. He plays the devil's advocate, challenging your beliefs and ideas, forcing you to rethink everything you think you know. Also, he seems to have a full understanding on every subject you can think of, which is very helpful. Many of the students will plan one on one time with him, which he is always willing to do.
Monday evening we had a Christmas celebration. It began with a group of us chopping a Christmas tree which was then set up in the dining room. After dinner, everybody began different Christmas decorations. This included decorating gingerbread cookies, gingerbread houses, popcorn streamers and finally, the Christmas tree. We also had the hot chocolate and apple cider. Everyone was in the Christmas spirit and had a lot of fun. Now everyone has their sights on Thanksgiving. Nearly everyone has a family dish they will be preparing. The dinner will be ginormous. We are expecting to have ninety people in all. The excitement is as "palpable as a globed fruit."
In conclusion, this Summit Semester has been incredible. I've learned more than I could have hoped, and made many lasting friendships. This experience has had a profound impact on me and many others. A big thank you to Dr. Bauman, the staff and everyone else that made this Summit Semester possible.