Thursday, March 11, 2010

Whidbey Island, Washington here we come

So spring break is next week, and the Macalester campus will soon be emptying. Many students are going home, visiting friends, trying to catch up on school work (particularly the seniors who have their capstones due soon) or going on school-planned trips.

Daniel and I will be headed off to Whidbey Island, Washington. We are part of a student group called the Lilly Senior Keystone. The Keystone, a part of the Lilly Project at Macalester, which motivates students to find ethical ways to live out their vocations while at Macalester and after graduation, is for senior students who want to "arrange the pieces" of their many identities and experiences. We have met every other week throughout the year discussing all sorts of things: how art can be used in education, how we deal with loss, what Macalester students are doing after they graduate, and how we create "keystones" in our lives. Our discussions range from highly philosophical to highly practical, bur overall we are a community of support for each other.

The culmination of our year begins in less than two days when we depart for Whidbey Island Institute: for earth, spirit, and community. The Institute offers fine living quarters in the old farmhouse and, what I am most looking forward to, fine dining of homemade granola and yogurt, West African peanut soup, fettuccine with pesto and pine nuts, and roasted garden ratatouille. While there, we will continue our conversations from throughout the year, as well as participate in a high ropes course and various hiking throughout the area.

I'll update you all when I get back and put up pictures...