Last week could be described as hectic, and that would be an understatement, what with Heemstra’s annual Melon and Gourd Week mingling with the need to study for the midterm exams. Needless to say, there was only one thing on everyone’s mind: midterm break.
While much of campus went home to sleep off the stress, some students took a different approach to fall break. Whether they were celebrating a matrimonial union, sticking around campus to kick butt in some sporting events, or adventuring to new and beautiful places, fall break was a big success.
Kristy Ryan is a freshman this year at Northwestern. This fall break she was the maid of honor at her older sister’s wedding. It wasn’t until the day before the wedding that it hit her. Her sister was getting married.
“It took so long to hit me because Kurt was always hanging around, and it just felt like he was already part of the family,” Ryan said. And like any true college kid, Ryan found the inspiration to write her maid of honor speech in the last few minutes before it was supposed to be given.
There are a few people who stayed on campus for various reasons, whether it was that they live too far away, or if they had sport events to attend to. The entire football team stayed behind on campus for a game against Dordt (which they won!). The basketball team also stayed behind to practice and play a scrimmage to help them prepare for the upcoming season.
Of course, some people used the free time to take a road trip, like the I-Club who road-tripped to Minneapolis for some much-needed fun over the weekend. They left on Saturday morning and made a quick stop at the world’s largest candy store for some sweet treats. After they arrived in Minneapolis they went to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and the Mall of America.
On Sunday I-Club worshipped at the Church of the Many Nations, then they went downtown to hang out. On Monday they went to the Gutherie theater, the Stone Arch Bridge, and (again) the endless Mall of America.
The group then went to Minnehaha Falls and the Cathedral in St. Paul. Junior Renju Pun’s favorite part of the trip was the Cathedral.
“It was very beautiful, I loved the detailed architecture, the quietness inside the cathedral. It was made many years ago and me being there was like travelling back in time. I loved every second of it,” Pun said.
Whether people took off on adventures to different places, went home for some family-time or stayed on campus to enjoy the quiet and mostly deserted campus, the much-deserved fall break seemed to serve NW students well.