Monday, September 7, 2009

The Semester Begins

I’ve been back at Dordt for two weeks now. It’s a little early to tell, but this might be my favorite semester yet. I got stuck in Dordt’s ghetto East Campus apartments again, but I’m living with five awesome guys who happen to be “bomb” (my roommate Evan’s word) decorators, so it’s working out well. We’ve been watching hardly any TV (Battlestar Galactica on DVD doesn’t count) and been making community meals. It’s anyone’s guess as to how long those good habits will last, but it’s been really nice so far.

I’m taking a full load of six classes, but I like them all so far: international relations, political ideologies, economics, advanced expository writing, mass communications, and senior communications seminar. It’s also great just to be back at Dordt. This place is home to me in many ways. The brick house, the Hendersons’ bonfires, Bridge of Hope church, Covenant church (where I was baptized and which I recently rediscovered), the treehouse off-campus, Sandy Hollow – it’s good to be here.

Some things I’m looking forward to this year: challenging myself to keep studying Arabic, my new tutoring job, serving on student government with my great friends Neal, Skip and Alvin, running in a marathon as part of a five-man relay.

I will also be writing a biweekly column for Dordt’s biweekly student newspaper, The Diamond. If I think what I come up with is worthwhile, I’ll post it here too.

The new year is upon us. Yallah yallah! (Let’s go!)

EDIT: I forgot, this semester totally SUCKS because Hani Yang isn't here; she's in LA on film semester. Sad face.


  1. Sounds like a good semester. I look forward to your columns.

  2. Joel is the Diamond online. So I could possibly read your column.

  3. But I'll probably post my column here too.

  4. ENG 301, COMM 240 & 380. Great classes! And dude, THE semester that I am not there happens to be your favorite semester so far? Whaaaaaat?

  5. Hope your semester rocks Joel; keep up the thoughtful writing.

  6. Haha thanks for the edit, Joel. That was totally cute and considerate. Happy face.