Thursday, October 29, 2009

The thing called College

Does this whole application process ever stop?
The schools, their scholarships, just going on and on and on.
Making sure everything about you appears to the best advantage.
who has time for life anymore?

Does this whole application process ever stop?

Honestly, with SAT scores and recommendation letters,
Class Ranks, Senior Courses and 'personal statements',
who has time for life anymore?

Does this whole application process ever stop?
More things to worry about, to write, to plan,
listening to admissions directors, reading emails, paper trails,
who has time for life anymore?

When this is all over, will I miss it?
When this all ends, will it be abrupt?
When December comes, will I be surprised?
When I move on - this will be a dream, and I won't be so stressed.

This thing called College - I can't say I've experienced it yet.
This thing called College - a fog of new experiences and opportunities.

One year left.
(original by me. sort of just rambling, sorry about that)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Things to do with your friends

So, this is a chain blog post/note thing. I hope it works. Here's the idea: All of us have friends that we like to hang out with, but, for me at least, sometimes it's hard to come up with ideas for what to do together. SO, I am starting a list with some of the more creative hang out ideas that I have seen, and if you read this you have to re-post it with 5 more ideas of your own, making my list longer. No repeats, and if you do actually do this make sure you send your list back to me! Have fun!

1. Have a photo scavenger hunt to find the letters of the alphabet formed naturally in nature(FamilyFun magazine idea)
2. Go to the library and each person picks a book they have read/would like to read for someone else (could also be at a book store but the library is free)
3. Each person gets one item to buy from the store (Ex: meat, side dish, etc). WITHOUT talking to anyone else, buy your item and then get back together and eat what everyone picked. (this is a Lily idea)
4. toothpaste molding. My friends are sort of grossed out by this, but I think it would be fun for everyone to bring a tube of toothpaste, squeeze it all out and mold it since it's so malleable.
5. recipie night! everyone brings recipes and cook together!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Honoring Paul Herlinger

(if you don't like AiO, don't bother to read this - it won't matter to you)

So, I'm a little behind the times here - they announced that there was going to be a new voice for Whit last August - but whatever, I only listened to the podcast about it last night.

I know that the voice of Whit has been changed once before, but I was two years old when Hal Smith died. I think most of the Odyssey audience has only ever heard Paul Herlinger's voice out of thier radios - for us, Hal Smith was only on the old recordings, and Paul Herlinger was the living, breathing, working voice of Whit. I've been listening to Odyssey for about ten years, and Paul Herlinger was always a part of that for me.

Friday, October 9, 2009

On Spanish, Yoga, and self-knowledge

Today in Spanish we had our first yoga class. We go to the atrium, lay our yoga mats out on the floor, and have a yoga class (our teacher's a certified instructor) entirely in Spanish! It's lots of fun, even if it is a little weird to be laying on the floor of the school breathing deeply. Spanish this year is really interesting - since at this point we have learned most of the grammar and vocabulary that textbooks can teach us, we've been having class based around other things - culture, literature, yoga, etc.

Our very first unit was on self-knowledge. We took several tests on our learning styles, personalities types, and emotional mindsets. None of my tests revealed anything particularly unusual to me - I already knew that I am linguistic and logical, that I am a perfectionist, that I am an independent thinker.

What was interesting was the self knowledge test that I DIDN'T take for Spanish - I took it for the Women's Sunday School Class. This test was supposed to tell you your evangelism style - I scored Interpersonal and Intellectual. While my other tests results were in line with these results, I'd never applied them to evangelism before. Here's some of the notes that came with my two styles~
Interpersonal: Warm Personality, Conversational
Caution - Avoid valuing friendship over truth-telling. Presenting the Gospel often means challenging a person's whole direction in life, and that might mean causing friction.

Intellectual: Inquisitive, Analytical
Caution - Do not substitute giving answers for giving the Gospel message, be careful of becoming argumentative.
They seem to be in such opposition don't they? One is prone to argument, being overly zealous, while the other is prone to silence to protect friendships, not being zealous enough. I like being in between the two - a definition defyer - but those Cautions also apply to me, letter for letter.

I don't know...I've been thinking a lot about evangelism...last night DAn had a lot to say about it, but I feel like the stuff he said was for a different situation than the ones I normally find myself in - for a poin twhen a person is further along, or when they're not in a relationship with you and you're talking to a stranger.

Just puzzling through...tell me your thoughts!