Archive for December, 2013

Resolutions for the New Year

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by kgravelin 1 Comment

I can’t believe that 2014 is nearly here! And with it, comes so many new opportunities and experiences. As the new year draws closer and closer, I want to make some resolutions I can actually keep that will not only enhance my experience at Elmhurst, but will help me in the ever constant process of growing and changing as a person.


Resolution 1. Try to say “yes” more often. Elmhurst has so much to offer and I want to experience as much of it as I can.


Resolution 2. Read more. As an English major, you’d think this would hardly be a problem for me. But with all the demands of class, a decent social life, etc, making time has proved a challenge. This year, I resolve to visit the public library more and take advantage of their vast collection and beautiful space. I want to get back into the habit of doing something I love.


3. Keep it interesting. It’s frighteningly easy for me to get stuck into a routine that becomes almost robotic after a while. This year I want to incorporate more spontaneity into my weekly routine. Go into town more often, maybe treat myself to Chipotle instead of the usual turkey sandwich I get from the school library. Variety is the spice of life, and I no longer want to do myself a disservice by not experiencing as much of it as I can.


I have confidence that I’ll be able to keep to these resolutions and make the most out of these approaching semesters as well as 2014.


Have a great New Year, everyone!


Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by kgravelin 1 Comment

I haven’t been home that long, but I’m already missing dorm life. Although I do love the convenience of not having to shower with shoes on and the freedom to turn my room into a disaster zone guilt-free, I feel a kind of homesickness (or, more appropriately, homeSchickness…an ode to my on-campus residence, Schick Hall).


It’s weird not being able to walk down the hall to laugh and hang out with my floormates. I miss walking to the library (the school and public both). I miss talking to my roommate at night and listening to her loud cackling when I tell a joke, and then having to shush her by mock-sternly informing her that it’s quiet hours. I even long for the now very familiar (and oddly comforting) picturesque view of the dumpsters from our window.


It’s weird to think that a place that was once so foreign to me has become a second home; a place I pine for when I’m away. It’s all the little things that combine and make it become the place I would almost rather be.

Thanks A Latte!

Posted on: December 8th, 2013 by kgravelin 1 Comment

Even though I staunchly maintain that I brew a cup of coffee so miraculous it results in religious awakenings, I am a very loyal and frequent customer at the coffee shop in the Founders Lounge. I love to get drinks that I can’t make myself and flavor combinations I normally wouldn’t think to try. Luckily for me, my roommate and closest friend on campus works there and always clues me in on what to try next. Most of the time I love to get different flavored mochas because, let’s face it, they’re caffeinated liquid candy. My personal favorite right now is the Peppermint Mocha, mostly because I know it’s a seasonal drink and am wholeheartedly enjoying it while it’s available.


And not only do I love the coffee, but the baristas are pretty great too. Even if they’re swamped (which they most definitely will be as the dreaded Finals Week approaches) they always make an effort to smile and be polite. On good days where they’re not too stressed, they’re crazy fun and great to talk to. And they’re consistently really efficient to boot. I’ve never had to wait more than a few minutes for a cup, even if there’s only one person staffed and it’s a busier time.


Especially in this cold weather, I’ve been there more than usual and definitely don’t plan on not being there all the time any time soon.