About Me

“You’re a student — whether the idea appeals to you or not. You’re in love with knowledge. And I think you’ll find, once you get past all the Mr. Vineses […] you’re going to start getting closer and closer — that is, if you want to, and if you look for it and wait for it — to the kind of information that will be very, very dear to your heart. Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them — if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” – Catcher in the Rye


Hi, I’m Kristen Gravelin! I’m a first year student and English Lit major and Philosophy minor here at Elmhurst College. I’m also part of the Honors Program and am in Honors Living (3rd Floor Schick Swag). I’m an out-of-state student as well, I hail from a small town no one quite knows the name of located outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Here are some Very Important Facts you need to know about me:


  1. Coffee is my lifeblood. I don’t mean this in the way that people casually joke about needing at least one cup in the morning to function. My blood type is literally Dark Roast.
  2. Literature is my everything. This is a pretty obvious one just from my major and where the title of my blog came from. I’d try to name off my favorite books, but I’m afraid my fingers will go numb trying to type them all out. And asking me to narrow the list is like asking me which of my children I’d like to tell I never loved and promptly put up for adoption, never to see again.
  3. I’ve got a pretty Type A personality — just ask any of my friends, former teachers, professors, family members, or potential love interests I’ve scared away over the years. I’m very driven and I love school, but sometimes stress can get the best of me. But I’m doing my best this year to try to reconcile my go-getter attitude with being a little more chill. I’ve heard tell that both can exist in one person.


Any other questions I’d be glad to answer, I am connected to my email kristen.gravelin@net.elmhurst.edu just about 24/7.