It never fails: When someone asks me where I work and I say that I work at a college, I usually get the same response, “Oh, you’re so lucky. You’re off in the summer, right?”
So not true, I always say—especially at Wheaton College, especially this summer.
Yes, the majority of students leave campus to indulge in restful summer activities, to expand their knowledge and experience through internships, or to work summer jobs. Their absence en masse makes it seem quiet as you walk the campus. But within each building there are always staff members, administrators, faculty and students carrying on the business of running the college, preparing for the new upcoming semester, or working on research projects.
This summer, however, the entire campus was alive with sound and activity—from June to August, from the Dimple to Haas Athletic Center. A wide range of events and programs, including several new ones aimed at expanding the reach of the college, drew hundreds of students to Wheaton. [Read more...]