#JustPhelpsScholarsThings: The Chicago Trip, Part 2

Read Part 1 here. Step 2: Soul Food Buffet Captain Hard Time’s Buffet was our next stop, no more than a ten-minute drive from the church. As we shuffled into the building, we were pleasantly surprised by (and took a few Snapchat pictures of) the restaurant’s entrance. The walls were so completely covered with portraits …

#JustPhelpsScholarsThings: The Chicago Trip, Part 1

Every year the Phelps Scholars go on the Chicago Trip, a day-long event that is meant to give students a little taste of Chicago culture and a little break from college. All that’s required is to sign up, dress up, and hop on the bus. It’s about a two-hour trip from Scott Hall to our …

Chicago.

Two weeks ago, I went to Chicago with a couple of my friends. I have not been to Chicago before, so I did not know what to expect. I have visited cities like Los Angeles, Denver, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Minneapolis, so I was preparing myself for a “typical” American city. I was totally wrong. …

Off-Campus Homework

At first, the times I am off-campus sound like the worst times to do homework. Times off-campus should be spent exploring or having fun or drinking really good coffee, I tell myself. However, throughout the past year, I have found that sometimes getting off-campus is just what I need to get motivated to get my …

Wandering Around in Chicago

I remember loving Chicago as a kid. The towers, the Loop, the pizza. We used to stop for lunch in the city on our way to Wisconsin. I heard about the Student Activities Committee Chicago Trip, and signed up as soon as possible. We spent this past Saturday in the city. We wandered from place to place …

An ArtPrize Narrative: Part 2

First, read part 1 here.  The hundreds of ceramic plates hung heavily on the wall. I walked slowly around a few other pieces in the room, but kept my eye on the plates. The blue on the plates dragged my sight from the various sculptures in the room. Old men and young art students gathered along the walls and …

The Pictures Talk For A Change

Hello, readers! Hope your weekend was awesome! I decided to switch it up a little and let the pictures of my Saturday in Chicago speak for themselves. Just to give you some background, every year the Student Activities Committee (SAC) puts on a Chicago trip in the fall and spring where you take a bus …

An ArtPrize Narrative: Part 1

I walked out of the parking garage onto a sad stretch of wet concrete. Welcome to downtown Grand Rapids. ArtPrize is a three week event, and we picked the nastiest day. I searched for art. A giant metal dragon, a Rube Goldberg machine and a confession booth sat in the courtyard in front of the county …

College Students Are Zoo Animals

This weekend over Fall Break I had the pleasure of spending a few hours at Lincoln Park Zoo. I hadn’t been there since my elementary school went on a field trip circa 2002. I actually remembered a few things about my last visit while I walked through the zoo, so it was cool to have those memories …

A Sunday Night Adventure

Sundays can be kind of weird. I always start out the day with going to Pillar Church, eating lunch and then… Well, most weeks, the rest of my day is consumed by homework. Every other week I also get to help lead at our Sunday night worship service, the Gathering, so I am at the …