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September 21, 2010

Day 12

Day 12

As I write this at two in the morning (I knew that five and a half hour nap this afternoon was a bad idea), I find that I really haven’t had a chance to think back on the last twelve days. They’ve been jam packed, to say the least. I definitely think it’s a good idea to reflect on them a bit, seeing as how we tend to get too caught up in the rush of things that compression of what’s happening falls to a back burner. I’ve been focusing more on getting ‘it’ done, whatever ‘it’ may be at the time. So, today will be my ‘reflection day,’ and luckily, you get to hear all about it.

First, I know that this may end up being repeated a bit, but I’ve never had someone push me as hard as Dr. Bauman does. He’s very good at taking your thoughts and ideas and finding out just how firm you are in them. Take ‘beauty’ for example. That’s been our assignment this weekend. We use the word ‘beauty’ all the time, but how often do we think about what we mean by it? And, if you do have some idea of a definition in your head, could you explain and defend it? It’s amazing how the simplest question can stop you in your tracks and just cause you to be completely dumbfounded. Our classes have been, if nothing else, making us examine what we believe.

Secondly, I’ve found out that everyone here is amazing. The thought of spending three months with thirty strangers could be a bit… disconcerting at first. Seeing as how I’m not the biggest social butterfly out there, I know that it was a frightening thought to me. But, after a few days of being stuck with these people, you learn to be more out-going. Not to mention the fact that ‘these people’… well, they’re awesome.

Thirdly (and lastly), I’ve realized that this flat-lander was not made to live in the Colorado mountains. Sunday night, a camping trip had been planned and the majority of students headed out for a night under the stars. A few of us, myself included, stayed behind to sleep at the lodge and were planning on joining the group in the morning to go for a hike. Now, whether it was lack of sleep (Did I mention the schedule is jam packed?), the altitude, or the hour-long ride in a ten-passenger van over a gravel road… I don’t know, but I ended up coming back to the lodge almost right away with one of the other girls that also wasn’t feeling well (hence the five hour nap and me being awake right now). Let’s just sum this point up by saying that, as beautiful as it is out here, I prefer my ground to be mountain-free and covered with corn.

Well, I suppose that’s all I can say for now—yeah, right, I could write pages and pages, but I’ll spare you all. I’ll just close by saying that I look forward to the following weeks. If the first week is any indication of the future, they’re gonna be great.

Blogger's Bio: While she is studying to be an ASL interpreter, Katherine hopes to be a full-time nanny and eventually to have a big family of her own. She loves working with children, and from them, has learned “to be patient, to let some things slide, and most importantly, to not try to control everything.” Katherine also enjoys reading, writing, and ultimate frisbee.

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