So, in case you haven’t noticed from our last few blogs, Dordt just had it’s Spring Break. And we weren’t excited at all. Nope.
Actually, the breaks we get in college are some of the best parts of college—not just because we have off school, believe it or not, but because they provide chances for us to spend extra time with people in a different context than the school context. For me, breaks have been times when I’ve created deeper relationships with some of my best friends because we’ve experienced new things together. I know...I cheeesey. But true.
Generally, I’ve gone home to Colorado for my Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks and brought some friends with me each time. But occasionally I’ve visited my friends’ homes, and this break I went somewhere entirely new with a lot of people I’d never met beforehand. There were 8 of us: myself, my roommate, my roommate’s boyfriend, several of his friends, and one of his friend’s wife. We were an eclectic group, to say the least, and at first I had a lot of moments of wondering how I got myself into a 15-pasenger van, driving 18 hours (most of them through the night), to a place I’d never been before (Whitefish, Montana), with people I barely knew.
The experience actually reminded me a lot of the emotions I felt during my semester in the Netherlands—mixed emotions of anxiety but also excitement. By the end of the week, on our way back, I still wondered how I had gotten myself into this van with this bunch of people. But by then I was SO glad to have been spent the week with them, learning about both the people I probably never would have spent time with otherwise and the people I already had relationships with.
Here is a small dabbling of what we bonded over (pictured below): biking in short sleeves, ski-lift rides, skiing with views, driving with views, hiking around the hot springs and other trails in Yellowstone, basically petting wild buffalo, and snowball fights. Not pictured, but worth noting: FOOD. So much food (s/o to the Schusslers for feeding us all week).
So, as you can see, we had some fun this break. And I was constantly thankful for the opportunity to see the beauty and complexity of what God has made--not the least, the people right beside me.