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November 30, 2010

What Happened to…? Oh, I Packed It.

What Happened to…? Oh, I Packed It.

My room is officially empty. Well, not entirely empty; the floor is still covered with three boxes and a suitcase. But, aside from that, the room is empty. Sure, it’s only Tuesday and we’re not required to pack up until Thursday and Friday, but I like to be ahead of the curve, I suppose. In fact, I like to be so ahead of the curve that I accidentally packed the sweatshirt I was wearing today and just had to dig it back out. A lot of people here are in denial about the end of Semester, refusing to believe that graduation is on Thursday, but I’m one of the few here that are somewhat excited. (I bet all my classmates will laugh at this, seeing that I’m the one that seems to cry the most here.) I’m going to miss everything here, which is one of the reasons that we’ve been told to go out, create an image of Snow Wolf, build relationships, and go over the notes from all of our classes so that we won’t forget. ‘Bittersweet’ seems to be the right word for the situation.


This Semester has been a mix of friendships, hardships, and all the other ‘ships’ in between. We’ve been pressed hard to answer questions and, better yet, to ask questions. There have been ups and downs this Semester, but as I’ve taken the last few days to look back and reflect on them, I can’t imagine a better way to spend three months. As we all prepare to get back to the ‘real world’, I’m immensely glad for the time and opportunity I’ve had here. This is a place unlike any other, and one that I don’t plan to forget. Though there will be adjustments when I get home, the last three months here are definitely going to influence and impact me.


As we finish up classes today and tomorrow with John Stonestreet, the topic around the lodge seems appropriate: God’s calling in your life and vocation. The majority of people here, as we plan on heading home, don’t know what they plan on doing. I wasn’t even sure of what I was doing until after I got here. But, even though I have an idea of what I’m going to be doing, John’s lectures have been encouraging. Though I may be repeating things from previous blogs, I’m going to go ahead and pose the two questions that John gave to us when it comes to finding your vocation: “What are you passionate about?” and “What breaks your heart?” Whatever you can answer for both of those questions, that’s what you should be doing. Or, as he said, what you have a great passion for and what the world has a great hunger for—that’s what you need to do.


Well, as much as I’d love (again) to write pages and pages, I’m limited to just one page. And you should be glad, too, because I could probably write at least three pages about how much this flat-lander isn’t getting along with the snow in her cowboy boots. Needless to say, she gets along much better when it’s not cold enough to see her breath outside. Or, better yet, she gets along much better when it’s ninety-some degrees and humid. But, that’s just me.


Now, I have to go find out what I did with my notebook before class… With any luck, I left it in the classroom and not at the bottom of one of my boxes.


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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