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ESCAPE, Procrastination, and the Spud Monster!

November 17th, 2009 kcshap13

Hello all!

The exam I was stressing out about went well, but I’m glad THAT’S over. Now I’m procrastinating and putting off  a ten page paper for the same class. Ohhh well.

The ESCAPE retreat was really great, even though I was severely sleep deprived. We got lost on the way there, and I have never seen so many trees! I don’t want to ruin the surprise of it if any of you guys choose to do the retreat next year, but it offered a nice opportunity to get off campus and take some time to reflect. The Escape leaders, upperclassmen that worked really hard to make it a great experience for us, challenged us in the spirit of Ignatian spirituality to ask ourselves “How should I live this new life that I’m living?”

On top of reflecting, it was definitely a way to make new friends outside of our own residence halls. My friend Molly and I were the ONLY Hanselmanians, and there were A LOT people from Wheeler. On Friday night we roasted s’mores over a roaring bonfire and listened to some of the retreat leaders play Coldplay (and sung along of course). On Saturday we played “community building” activities (“similar” to icebreakers– but there IS a difference I’m told). We actually got an epic game of “the animal game” going. It was hilarious, not to mention unexpectedly competitive. Before we left the Toah Nipi convention center, everyone wrote letters to themselves and shared something that they would take back with them from the retreat. I met so many awesome people, I definitely gained a renewed appreciation and faith in the people that I go to school with.

The feeling was still with me when I got back to campus, and I even hung out with some of my new retreat friends on Saturday. Overall, I just felt reinvigorated. Like all my depleted energy was coming back. During my SPUD on Monday I got to go to a park, and I played a giant game of tag with the Friendly House kids. I was the “monster” and they ran from me and climbed on the playground equipment. It was adorable.

Alright, time to get some work done! Peace out!

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