Monthly Archives: June 2009

Summer Reading…

Hey all. I head up to my summer job as a camp counselor in Maine on Wednesday. In the mean time, I have been relaxing and spending a good deal of time reading. Summer is a great time to catch up on all the pleasure reading that you can’t get to during the school year, and now I’ve found out that Bates recognizes that.

Each summer for the past 13 years, the Bates College Bookstore has created an annual summer reading list. The staff compiles each list after asking Bates staff and faculty for suggestions. According to the bookstore’s webpage, “Each list typically includes some 150 titles recommended by more than 80 members of the Bates community”. Check out the 2009 Bates Summer Reading List here. Click here for past reading lists over the last 7 years.

This year’s list included ‘Still Alice’, a New York Times Best Selling novel by Lisa Genova (class of ’92), and ‘Olive Kitteridge’, by Elizabeth Strout  (class of ’77) who won the pulitzar-prize for fiction for her work.

Thanks to Bates, I have been able to add to my own summer reading list (though maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew).

If your looking for some good books that I have read lately, check out: Eric Larson’s, “Devil in the White City”, Barbara Kingsolver’s, “Poisonwood Bible”, and, for my fellow history buffs out there, “American Creation” by Joseph Ellis, and “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope” by Jonathan Alter.  

I’m off to go do some reading… until next time…

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Major Blog Update…

Hey all. I know I blogged yesterday but thought you should all know that I did a major update of the blog today. More short term ’09 pictures have been added along with videos of the 2009 Commencement Speeches, concerts from throughout the year at Bates, and more. Be sure to check out the ‘Bates Student Voices’ page to hear graduating seniors reflect on their experiences at Bates. 

All pictures and videos can be found by clicking the ‘Pictures from Bates’ and ‘Bates Video’ tabs at the top of the page. You can also access them from the toolbar on the right. Until next time… here is a sneak peek of what the pages have to offer:

CNN Analyst and Columnist Fareed Zakaria speaks at 2009 Commencement:

Graduating senior Anne Mueller reflects on her time at Bates:

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Summer away from Bates…

Hey all. The last week of short term flew by and, with it, my sophomore year. I suppose I am now officially an upperclassman, a thought which both scares me (senior thesis continues to creep up on me) and excites me (study abroad, more advanced and focused classes, new opportunities, etc.).

Sophomore year was a big transition year for me. In some ways I still found myself to be a freshman – continuing to learn the ropes of living independently while balancing work, play, and a social setting that doesn’t always allow for much personal space. In other ways I saw myself becoming more of an upperclassmen – picking my minor and major, beginning study abroad applications, and focusing in on ideas for my senior thesis. Overall, I became better connected within the Bates and Lewiston community, maturing personally and academically while also having a good time doing it.

I’m already looking forward to a wonderful fall semester next year and an exciting semester abroad the following semester (details in the blog as the summer progresses). 

As for my summer plans, I will be heading back up to Maine in two weeks to work as a camp counselor at my childhood sleep-away camp (about 45 mins away from Bates). It will be my third summer as a counselor at the camp, 10th summer overall, and potentially my last there for awhile. Camp is a familiar and relaxing place to spend my summer vacation and I’m looking forward to it greatly. Several Batesies, both past and present, work at the camp as well.

Stay tuned to the site, as I will be posting and updating the blog frequently throughout the summer.

Hope you enjoy these pictures I snapped during the last week of short term from the top of Mt. David (on the Bates campus) of Lewiston and the surrounding area. I tried to avoid using the cheesy-metaphoric-sun-setting-on-my-sophomore-year pictures, but I couldn’t help myself. Until next time…

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