Gracious Living

“The end of learning is gracious living.” I remember the happiness that buzzed through the campus when a Day of Gracious Living was announced. (This was in the Paleolithic Era, so we didn’t have smart phones but were pretty good … Continue reading

This story starts at the end…

Matt Thieleman ’07   The story starts at the end… I’m standing next to my good friend, Karman Kent ’07, talking with a 19-year-old UNC student about the need for greater mental health support on campus. We’re wrapping up a … 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

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

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

Life After College: Finding Your Passion

Editor’s Note: This post is geared quite a bit towards K seniors, but we in Admission think it might be interesting for prospective students to read, as well! Spring quarter is one of the most exciting times at Kalamazoo College … Continue reading

A Single Phone Call

The other day, a co-worker asked me how I ended up at Kalamazoo College. I thought back to a Saturday morning nearly a decade ago. Those of us from my high school’s cross country team who were around for the … Continue reading

Welcome to Surgery!

How my K experience prepared me for life in the Operating Room As a brand new third year medical student at the University of Colorado, I have recently been baptized into clinical medicine by the fire of surgery. Not only … Continue reading