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September 30, 2010

Wednesday Words: First Edition

Filed under: Yale — mboesl @ 3:25 am

Yes, yes. I know. I should have written sooner. Why do I even have a blog if I never update it? What could I possibly be doing that is more important or pressing than updating my blog on a regular basis? These and other questions I have heard, and I apologize. So, in order to try to build some semblance of order and regularity to this thing, I am incepting a new concept: Wednesday Words. This means that every Wednesday I will write something, and you will have something to read. Obviously, I additionally will dedicate posts to deeper looks at more specific subjects. This new feature, though, will provide some accountability to me, and a knowledge of when new information will occur on a regular basis to those of you regular readers.

Enough housekeeping.

News Briefs:

Classes are going well. Chemistry, Chem Lab, German, English and Music Theory are rather basic. (None of the crazy Yale courses like “Hero in the Near East” or “Utopia and anti-Utopia” like Jonathan, my suite mate, is taking.) However, they are both stimulating and challenging, and encompass a broad range of knowledge. The overwork is substantial, but not too overwhelming.

I am now a member of the Spizzwinks(?), America’s oldest underclassmen collegiate a-cappella group. For a link to more information and some samples of their music, click here. Last weekend, we went on retreat in beautiful Vermont. The leaves were just turning, and it very much felt like the beginning of a New England fall. Simply sublime.

Glee club continues to be enjoyable. Today, I received the tentative summer tour itinerary.  Listen here: Stockholm, Uppsala, Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Paris and Istanbul. 3 weeks in Europe. I am very much looking forward to this, as could be surmised. Rehearsal is demanding but greatly fulfilling.

Alas, that you would think I am squandering my college experience participating in choral music… you would be right. Thus far. I am still working on what else I can do to fill the time on top of class, studying and 10 hours of rehearsal a week.

There is a very vibrant Christian community at Yale, a fact that surprised me. I am currently attending 2 Bible studies with great people. I am really looking forward to how God plans on using us in impacting this incredible campus.

Oh, and Ravi Zacharias is coming in October to give a talk on Christianity in a world of Pluralism. If you don’t know who he is, take a peak here or at his home page. I’m looking forward to hearing him.

In the H2o (my room number) rubber band battle. Mikey and Markus were pulling off an astounding victory over Jonathan, inflicting many unrequited wounds, before joining forces with the aggressor and attacking the the room across the hall. The inhabitants therein were routed with nary a prayer of hope, having to resort to pillows and other pieces of equipment simply to shield themselves from the overwhelming barrage. Revenge was vowed, but we are prepared.

Final thought of the evening:

It is almost time for the leaves to change in New Haven. This is odd for me, coming from the Pacific Northwest, where trees are always green. I am very much looking forward to it. As the trees prepare for winter, the green, young leaves undergo their own process of death and regeneration. The chlorophyll slowly, painfully disappears from the leaves, revealing the reds and oranges that have been there the whole time, covered by the green chlorophyll. As I looked over the rolling, tree-covered hillside in Vermont, I saw a combination of thousands of those trees creating a stunning image.

In a sense, as freshmen at Yale (or in general, I suppose), that is us. We are green to the things of academia, the way of the world world, mature decision making and being adults, but this moment marks the cusp of turning. In these first few months of our time at Yale we will grow and develop in ways we never imagined, and may not even be cognizant of. Yet right now, the leaves on the trees are still green, as are we. But, as we, in harmony with the leaves, mature and grow, so too, the “greenness” of our life wears off, showing the beauty and unique individual vitality that comprises our personality. The process is not easy, nor quick, but a glorious and rewarding one. And perhaps, if even for one fleeting moment…

the sight is stunning.

Best,

Markus Boesl

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September 14, 2010

The Troad, Triads and Trepidation: My first two weeks at Yale

Filed under: Uncategorized — mboesl @ 8:51 pm

“Bright college years with pleasure rife, the shortest, gladdest years of life; How swiftly ye are gliding by! Oh Why doth time so quickly fly?”

Thus opens one of Yale’s most famous songs, “Bright College Years.” Composed in 1881, the piece has been a staple of life at Yale for over a century. Today, though, for most college students it is reduced to little more that a formality, sung at the freshman assembly and the day before commencement. For the Yale Glee Club, forever, it is a way of life. Sung at the close of every concert, retreat etc, the piece is and will continue to be ground into our hearts and minds.

In many senses, time has flown quickly by over the last two weeks, as classes began, activities picked up, and meals became more regular, though four years still seems like an eternity. As the piece mentioned above attests, the perspective from the end will be much different from now. Now to more pragmatic facts and less esotericism.

My English class, with the cheery title of “ENGL 129a: Tragedy” has been fascinating. We are finishing up the Iliad of Homer this week. Up until reading the poem, I was unaware of the numerous and unique ways an individual could be pierced by a spear, hacked by a sword or crushed by a rock. Spears drive through livers, lower guts, mid guts, necks, foreheads, calf muscles, thighs and faces with the greatest of ease, really quite enjoyable reading. The Chemistry and Lab, German and Music Theory classes are a bit less violent, but still interesting and engaging. I am eagerly waiting for my Chemistry book, as its arrival will herald the day that I’ll actually be able to accomplish the homework, a vital component in achieving a high grade.

The other rather large event was being accepted to Glee Club. Yale’s principal undergraduate chorus is celebrating its 150th year with many festivities, including a three week trip to Europe in the summer. The quality of music is high, as is the amount of fun we have doing it. I’m excited for the time I’ll spend with this group in both rehearsal and performance.

Other than that things are going well. I hope to comment in future posts about more specific facets of life here in New Haven. This is really more of a catch up to assure my valiant readership that I am actually still alive. Anyway, the brave men with bronze spears call my name (no, not the fraternity members, but the Trojans of Homer). Warmest regards.

Signing off,

Markus

September 6, 2010

A couple more pictures

Filed under: Uncategorized — mboesl @ 2:23 am

Yes, I know my posts have been severely lacking in terms of textual content. Yet once again I am putting pictures instead of the thousands of words it would take to describe things. I have several post ideas in the works, so stay tuned.

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