Jessie Woodring shares her final thoughts as Olson Hall Director.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when one hears the phrase, “school spirit?”
The spring of my sophomore year, I walked with a friend through reporting a Title IX offense. A week later, I sat opposite someone as they jokes about sexual assault in the middle of lunch.
I am a TCK. When people ask me what that means, I like to tell them that it stands for ‘The Cool Kids,’ and you’ll find out why in a moment.
The Sabbath — a topic full of theology, meanings, questions and interpretations.
The on-campus Apartments, Campbell and Wolgemuth, are often lovingly (or maybe not-so-lovingly) referred to as the “Campus Retirement Homes.”
In today’s society, we are taught that we are deserving of anything and everything we want. We are told to love ourselves despite our flaws. We are told to embrace who we are and be unapologetically ourselves. While these words seem uplifting and positive, that could not be further from the truth.
I was sitting on my friend’s couch with a group of people from church one evening, having a great discussion about what car we would own if we could own any in the world. In the middle of the conversation, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the realization, ‘I am in Ireland. I am friends with Irish people. I am living a normal life and having normal conversations, but in Ireland.’
By now, we’re used to a certain rhythm during chapel.
Days when we had ample workers and the kitchens at Taylor were bursting with laughter and the cooks all wanted to be chefs. Days when we sat down for family meals after a hard day of work and shared our personal lives with our work family.
Through authentic relationships created in the classroom, teachers can meet the needs of the adolescents that walk into their lives each year.