Guiding in the outdoors has taught me many things over the past 11 years. First, when I tell people that I work professionally in the outdoor field, I can count the breaths until I get the usual questions: Are you afraid of bears? Have you ever been struck by lightning? How do you go to the bathroom? The answers to the first two are "no", and the latter, well -- that is a story for a different day.
Lycoming College has made a bold decision. The College has chosen to deepen its identity as a liberal arts college by developing a high impact 21st-century liberal arts education. We are certain this is a strategically smart course of action.
Gone are the days of the intern who runs around the office taking coffee orders, being sure to meticulously remember how many espresso shots were requested, who likes what kind of milk in there latte, and who is weird and drinks decaf. At my internship with a medical device company in Center Valley, PA, I am in on the action -- and I love it. Although I am not as knowledgable as the full-time employees around me, I am still asked for my opinions, ideas, and thoughts. And when corporate offsite events happen, I am invited...and they are usually awesome outings.
Commencement 2017 was a memorable one. Rainy weather forced us inside for only the second time in two decades. For the first time since being renamed, the Keiper Recreation Center served as the venue for the ceremony. Preserving a long-standing tradition, several trustees and I led the class through the Metzler Gate despite the inclement weather.
You may remember an honor society from your high school, either local or national, or you may have even been in the honor society. Here at Lycoming, and at most colleges across the nation as well, there is not one singular honors society, but around twenty-two different societies, usually based on discipline. These honor societies are usually chapters (local divisions) of the larger honors society. So, for example, the Lycoming College chapter of the national Religious and Theology Studies Honors Society (Theta Alpha Kappa) is named Alpha Theta Gamma.
It has been three months since I moved to Berlin. Life was not so easy at first, but I have now gotten used to it. The city is certainly much different from Williamsport, the home of Lycoming College. There have been so far some aspects which I like and also those that I do not enjoy as much, but I would like to talk about all of them either way, because –who knows –maybe one day you will also decide to study abroad in Germany.
The college academic year is divided into two semesters. Two fourteen week periods where students schedule their classes and choose which classes they actually attend or not. It’s a lot different from high school, which, for the most part, keep students in mostly the same classes throughout the year, save for a few interchangeable electives. I think the division of the year into semesters is one of the key things that differentiate high school and college. A semester can really fly by - after all, it is only 14 weeks.