Archive for 2009

Home for the Holidays…

Anyone spending this holiday season in Minnesota who is still dreaming of a white Christmas obviously hasn’t seen a weather forecast recently! It’s predictions like the ones I just heard on the news about possibly a foot of snow that makes me wish I were standing on the hill at Gustavus, cafeteria tray in hand, surrounded […]

’tis the season….

No, I’m not talking about the holiday season.  I’m talking about application review season!  If you send in an application to Gustavus, every word of it will be read by a real, live person.  That means hundreds and hundreds of application essays about some really wonderful experiences.  I thought I would share a bit of […]

I survived my first Christmas in Christ Chapel!

Well, I did go to last years performance on Saturday afternoon with my family, but this was the first year that I had to opportunity to be a part of this wonderful Gustavus tradition! Not going to lie, after Thanksgiving break things got REALLY intense in the music department as the the Gustavus Choir, Choir […]

reflections on Thanksgiving…

Does anyone really look forward to the first day back at work or back at school after a wonderful holiday break?  I would be lying if I said my feet didn’t drag just a little bit on my way in from the parking lot.  Of course, I am fortunate enough to have a job that […]

Ode to Thanksgiving…

Last year during my First Term Seminar on a dragging Tuesday morning my professor helped us all come to the conclusion that the week of school before Thanksgiving break is always the hardest. I hadn’t really realized it until then (probably because my brain wasn’t working optimally at the time) but it completely made sense. […]


     It’s hard enough transitioning into college your first year, and one of the biggest challenges is learning how to share your space with another person; more often than not it’s someone you’ve never met before. Talk about daunting… luckily Gustavus’ residential life utilizes a method similar to when it comes to matching up […]

Travel Season by the Numbers

2066 – Number of miles racked up on my most recent road trip through Iowa and Illinois 10 – Number of college fairs, and number of days over which they occurred, on that trip 29 – Number of nights spent in hotel rooms so far this fall 25 – Approximate number of subs I have […]

Halloween… the Gustavus way!

Friday afternoon right after classes and work, in desperate need of a sugar fix, I headed straight to the bakery in the caf to find much to my delight, pumpkin and ghost shaped sugar cookies complete with orange and white frosting  and sprinkles; a sure sign that its almost Halloween! Whether you think you’re too […]

Reading Days…

     Today marks the end of a short, but much needed break for Gusties after a grueling week of midterms. Ok, maybe grueling is a little extreme, but nonetheless this long weekend is always eagerly looked forward to and provides a great opportunity for students to travel home. Like my first year at Gustavus, this […]

“Without other people around, you may as well be a zombie”

A couple weekends ago a group of friends and I crammed into my roommate’s Honda Civic down to the old St. Peter 5 Cinema to see the latest R-rated comedy Zombieland. Now this flick may seem like it has the depth of a puddle, but there actually was a deeper meaning imbedded in this film. […]