Admission Student & Alumni Blog

Read. Write. Wrestle.

Looking back, the K College choice remains one of the best serendipitous decisions of my soon to be 60 years. As a growing chorus of “experts” takes shots at a liberal arts education and extols the virtues of more “practical” … Continue reading

SIP Thoughts

The Senior Individualized Project is something that is pretty unique to K College, and though there are moments that I cannot wait for it to be over, I certainly spend the majority of the time being thankful for the experience … Continue reading

Generalists and Specialists

Guess what? Coming from someone who is now 17 years out from graduation, I’m happy to report that a Kalamazoo College graduate is much better prepared for the future than conventional wisdom would indicate. Let me explain why… In today’s … Continue reading

Best Coffee Shops to Study at in Kalamazoo


Now that it is almost seventh week of the quarter, it’s time to start thinking about finals. With research papers and exams around the corner, the library is starting to get packed (which I am personally thrilled about) and I … Continue reading

Two Weeks

Two weeks from now, I will be at the Clermont airport with tears on my face, saying goodbye to my french family.  Two weeks.  It doesn’t seem possible.  I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on these past couple months, … Continue reading

Creating a Messy Life

I like to tell my students that I entered college fully intending to be a chemical engineer. I’d been good at science, enjoyed chemistry, and really liked that chemical engineers were at the top of the starting pay scale. However, … Continue reading

Back to K after a year abroad


Returning to campus after being abroad for a year was surreal. Thankfully my dad accompanied me on the long trip from Oregon to Michigan to help me with some of the logistics of transitioning back to K, including moving into … Continue reading

Nothing like Fine Wine in Tuscany

Note: I’m not supporting underage drinking, I’m only writing this because I’m off legal age in Italy. I knew that while I was in Italy, I had to go to a wine tasting and I’m glad I went to Tuscany … Continue reading

Learning to Breathe

This is my senior year. SENIOR. Four years ago I came to campus ready to start this new chapter of my life and eager to join every club, go to every event, and work every job. This didn’t happen, but … Continue reading

Off-Campus Dining


One of the perks of living off-campus: you get to make your own food. I suppose for some people, this is a chore. That’s how I initially thought about it, but I quickly learned to take advantage of this opportunity. … Continue reading