Today was a moderately warm day. Okay, never mind. It really wasn't. This is Iowa, and it's March, and it's the frigid tundra. But were the sidewalks icy? No, they were not! So I deemed today scooter weather, and I wasn't alone with my wheels.
Squads of college students scooting (and sometimes long-boarding) around campus -- this is one of my favorite Dordt quirks! When I imagined my college self, I never thought she would be scooting through the Iowan prairie on her adult sized scooter. (Interesting side note: mine even sports a kickstand.)
I did not imagine my college self at the all-campus FIESTA maneuvering a live goldfish down an open tube of water with a plastic straw and her own desperate breath, nor did I imagine myself drinking root beer out of a keg at that same school-sponsored party. (Another side note: since I won that goldfish race, I got to keep the fish! Jerry is still swimming strong!)
I didn't imagine myself taking a late-night venture to Sioux Falls to attend a community swing dance, thereby interacting not only with friends from Dordt's swing dance club, but also with elderly strangers who had incredible stories!
Similarly, I never imagined myself crawling back into bed as the sun was coming up, having spent the night at Perkins in Sioux City with the theatre kids after closing a production. (This is tradition.)
I didn't imagine myself swinging on a local play-set at midnight with a fresh-baked, one-dollar donut from the Dutch Bakery in hand. (This happens almost every week.)
I never saw myself sitting around my professor's dinner table, laughing with his five-year-old daughter and enjoying a home cooked meal on a spontaneous Tuesday night, nor did I see myself at another professor's table decorating Valentine's Day cookies with the rest of the theatre company on our day off from class.
Most surprisingly, I never foresaw my college self sitting in the commons, eating lunch in time to a quick-witted, enthralling debate on Calvinist theology. (This has happened on multiple occasions, and I never grow tired of it.)
There are so many quirks at Dordt that I couldn't have anticipated, as they're unique to only Dordt. And honestly? I wouldn't want to do college any other quirky way.