What I Learned This Week
Sometimes I walk around Duke’s campus and think to myself, “am I really a student here?” I mean, have you seen this place?
A lot of people say it looks like something straight out of Harry Potter. Since I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies (crazy, I know), I can’t really comment. But it’s gorgeous and it’s an awesome place to study theology.
Since I’m kind of exhausted but still have a lot of work to do (on a Friday night…welcome to Duke), I’m just going to make a big ol’ random list of what I learned this week.
- I might be good at romance languages (I speak French and Italian), but ancient Greek is a whole new world. I’m hoping it will end up being a good challenge though. After only one week of class, I’ve already learned 30% of the vocab in the New Testament. Pretty rad. If you’re a potential Duke Divinity student, take Greek with Eubank. Trust me.
- I still don’t understand foursquare. But I was mayor of the Duke Divinity Library for a few hours.
- I’m pretty sure each of my professors is a straight-up genius.
- I’m really glad I decided not to get cable TV because I’d never have time to watch it anyway.
- Listening to freshmen conversations on the Duke bus system is hilarious. Freshman year seems like a lifetime ago.
- Taking a religious studies class in undergrad might have been a little bit helpful. But I always do seem to do things the hard way.
- The vespers service at Duke Chapel on Thursday was amazing. I’d try to describe it, but I just wouldn’t do it justice. If you’re ever on West Campus on a Thursday afternoon, you must check it out.
- It’s pretty cool to see the installation of a new dean. The last time Duke Divinity School had a new dean was in 1997. Dean Hays seems like a pretty cool guy. He even talked about Jon Stewart’s view of the UMC on the Daily Show. Definitely a winner in my book.
- The community here is awesome. The end.
That’s all I can think of for now, folks. Tomorrow morning starts with worship and a few hours of community service with Basin & Towel, Duke Divinity School’s community service organization. And then a few hours of homework before tailgating at the Duke-Elon game! Rumor has it we might actually win…