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Finding family in the Wilderness

This is my patrol! We called ourselves the "A2 Sass Crew."

LandSea was an incredible way to start out college. What better way to get to know your peers than to spend two weeks in the wilderness with them, making food together, sleeping together under a tarp, being unable to bathe? … Continue reading

Top Four Reasons Why I Play at K

  1.  I’m a STUDENT athlete. At Kalamazoo College, the most important thing in your life as an athlete is still your schoolwork. Every Coach encourages you to make sure that your academic priorities come before your athletic ones.  There … Continue reading

Live to Write

Despite my insistence that 1990 was ’about 10 years ago’, this year my class (K’94) will meet in Kalamazoo for our 20th reunion. When I visited the reunion page to start making plans, I found a link to our class yearbook … Continue reading

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

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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

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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