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An Infestation of the Enemy

I will finally weigh in on a highly contested issue among the student body: the squirrels. I hate them. So much. They are everywhere, lurking in the bushes, the garbage cans, they scream from the trees. Those screams haunt my nightmares. And let’s be perfectly frank, squirrels are rodents rife with disease. I have looked the enemy in the eyes. Those beady black eyes with nothing behind them. This is why I suggest a revision on the “no pets” policy in the dorms to allow cats. Back at home in dear old MI, I have cats who I love, partly because they ward away squirrels. Unfortunately, one of them is too fat to do much of anything other than sleep Read More »

Me in my natural habitat.

Library Life

To be entirely honest, about half the reason I picked Elmhurst is because of how close it is to Chicago, one of my favorite cities ever. And I have definitely taken advantage of that proximity.   I took the Honors section of The Great Libraries of Chicago in J-Term and it has led to one of the best experiences of my life, my internship. Our last assignment was to go to a library on our own and make a presentation to the class, and I went to the German cultural center, the D.A.N.K Haus and their library, the Koegel Bibliothek. I walked in the door and my now supervisor asked me if I was interested in an internship. At first Read More »

The Jog of Gratitude

One of the things I love about Elmhurst and living on campus is how polite everyone is. It’s like a little slice of Canada here, that’s how polite people are.   The most common random act of kindness everyone performs here on campus is opening doors for the people behind them, exiting a building they are entering or vice versa. If there is someone in front of you walking into the same building, there is a 90% chance they will open the door for you, or at the very least push the door open a little bit more for you as they walk through it.   And as I’ve noticed this (and as it’s become second nature to me), I Read More »


Goodbye My Love

Today is my last official day of my J-Term class. I thought this month would never end in the best way possible. I’ve loved my class, touring different libraries in the Chicagoland area and actually learning how libraries work. I was actually inspired by the class to consider becoming a librarian. This conclusion of J-Term is very bittersweet. It’s a little bit of relief to be able to relax and not have to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch the Metra, but at the same time, I’m going to miss it.   Here are some of my favorite library moments: The Rare Collections Room at the Chicago Botanical Gardens was amazing. Ideally, if I became a librarian Read More »


Chicagoan Misadventures

As an out-of-state student, I was incredibly excited to start my J-Term class, The Great Libraries of Chicago. Luckily, one of my friends was enrolled in the class as well, and is very familiar with the city. She and I have taken advantage of the occasional free time we get between touring libraries and the earlier trains to explore the city.   After touring the enormous library at the University of Chicago, we were graced with a lunch break, where we bolted out to the food trucks and each had pulled pork on top of mac and cheese (which was actually incredibly delicious). Then we explored the campus a little more and made our way to the UChicago Chapel, where Read More »

Unexpected Necessities

Dorm life is fantastic, and I 1000/10 recommend it. The new freedom, the new people, and new experiences it opens you up to are indescribably great. However, with great power comes great responsibility, especially since you’re basically on your own, at least concerning caring for yourself and your room. As I’ve grown adjusted to dorm life, I’ve picked up some new tricks to keeping a up a lovely household (okay, just one room, but I do consider it home).   1. White vinegar is a life saver Honestly, its magical properties are renowned in terms of cleaning. It is hands down the best way to get rid of stains on a budget. It has saved me so much time (and Read More »

Resolutions for the New Year

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 Read More »


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 Read More »

Thanks A Latte!

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. Read More »


An Introduction

Let’s start with the basics:   Hi, my name is Kristen Gravelin and I’m a first year student at Elmhurst College. Feel free to call me Dr. Gravelin. I’m an English Lit major and am pursuing a minor in Philosophy. I’m an Honors student and I live here on campus on the third floor of Schick, which is a part of Honors Living. I also work at the Fitness Center on campus, which is hilarious in that I am about the least physically active person you’ll ever meet, other than my daily treks to and from my dorm room, which are completely against my will and what I consider a college-sponsored form of abuse. I’ve been petitioning for a chair Read More »

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