The Writing



Lots of reminders from Pat & Melanie!!
MLA/APA/Chicago quizzes are due, so finish those up and drop 'em off in LOH 120.
Professional development opportunities (sign up sheets in WC; two hours required)

WRT 098 classes start next week (week 3)
Below is a fun section about what we all spent our summers doing, which will usually be replaced by SNAPS! In the words of Pat, "Don’t forget to SNAP your colleagues!" (And bosses!)

I also want to have a short section (shorter than summer stories) that brag about our accomplishments outside of work. If you or another consultant has recently accomplished something really important (like Seth and Katie's engagement or Veena's awesome summer internship and research), let me know, and I'll include it in a newsletter!
Melanie made comics! If you haven't read them yet, please check out these valuable resources below. They are handy to use in a consultation!

Commas. Revision Strategies. Active and Passive Voices. Transitions.

(Also yes, I recycled this mini-news blurb from a previous newsletter. Just a disclaimer.)
How was your amazing four-month-long summer? Not

quite long enough? Yeah, mine wasn't either.

This summer pretty much just I worked at Sweet Yo's (a froyo shop in East Grand Rapids) and also at Licari's restaurant. I did however go to Myrtle Beach with my family and went on some pretty awesome rides there at their theme park! 

Megan D.I am a beekeeper so I spent lots of time with my bees and attending a big beekeeping conference in July for a week. I also am a cyclist so I rode all around the east side of Michigan including my three jobs ( cars are expensive) lol. I hiked a ton as well as taking camping trips throughout the weekends. My goal for the summer was to read as many books as I can so I had to start with my favorite author, Jane Austen, and read through all of her novels.

Gwen: The highlight of my summer was my annual weekend trip with my family to our shared "cottage" on Pine Lake; also known as four walls; also known as my favorite place on earth. I also bought an inflatable kayak and got to take it out a few times this summer after testing it with the kids I nanny. I was very happy when I was able to use it alone - without the kids whacking me in the head with the paddle. 

LizThis summer I walked into my GRCC CHM 130 class on the first day and saw PAIGE FRICKEN DHYNE; she and I had unknowingly registered for the same course. Highlight of the summer, by far.
Also, I went to South Carolina (Hilton Head, to be specific) and caught a shark while deep-sea fishing (it wasn't fully grown, no worries); on our way back in, we got caught in a huge thunderstorm, and the rain coming at us felt like thousands of little air-soft bbs attacking our bodies. We saw some sick lightening too.

1. harvested hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables in Jenison
2. Learned about chestnuts, how they are grown, and why could be an amazing benefit to Midwest American sustainable agriculture and local economies. 
3. Studied in Maastricht, Netherlands for one month, which included a 3 day, 200 km solo bike trip to Antwerp, Belgium.
4. Formally agreed to change my name (in the near future) to Seth Alton Torkelson-Regan, a.k.a. Katie Torkelson and I got engaged! (All of our congratulations to the both of them!!)

As a lifelong lover of rock & roll, I’m a huge fan of many classic rock bands. While my taste has evolved to encompass multiple genres and styles, I always fall back on tunes with an electric guitar, bass, and drums. Growing up, Aerosmith was the first band that I became fascinated with. I always refer to them as my first “music love,” to the point that Aerosmith’s What it Takes was the first English song I learned the lyrics to. 
This summer, Aerosmith visited Grand Rapids. Obviously, I wanted to attend the concert. However, I had this nagging feeling in the back of my head that this might be one of the last chances I get to ever see them live. Every member in the band is over 60 years old after all. My father and I got tickets next to the end of the catwalk, positioning ourself within 10 feet of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton for almost the entire night. We were even lucky enough to win a drawing to go backstage during the show for two songs (Living on the Edge & Toys in the Attic, if you’re a fan).
It’s really tough for me to avoid being superfluous when retelling my experience that night, so I’ll just leave it at incredible. If you want to talk about whether Cryin’, Angel, or Hole in my Soul is the best breakup ballad, I’m always up for that debate.

Sara K:
I traveled to London and Ireland with my family for 10 days! It was an amazing experience for all of us to do together, but I won't bore everyone with all the details of the churches I toured and graves I wheeled over. My favorite part of the trip was traveling outside of London and going to the studio where the Harry Potter films were made!! It was just so magical (pun intended) to be in the rooms that the actors/actresses walked in (I got to see the Weasley kitchen, Snape's potion room, Dumbledore's office and much more!) and see all of the amazing special effects with my own eyes! If anyone is as big of a geek as I am about Harry Potter and want to know more, don't hesitate to ask me! 

Joslyn:  Spent my summer my summer split between slaving away at McDonalds, watching ridiculous amounts of anime, play hours of strategic board games with friends, and sewing random clothes and things. =)

Emily G:  This summer I worked at a farm, waking up at 5:00am every morning to garden, groom horses, and feed buffalo. The every shifts were a bummer sometimes because I love to sleep, but it wasn't anything coffee couldn't fix! I got to see many beautiful sunrises and work with awesome animals!  

Christine:  The most exciting thing I did this summer was road trip to NYC with my brother's girlfriend, Sarah.  It was such a spontaneous trip, we decided we were gonna go two nights before we left.  It was a ten hour drive, but so incredibly worth it.  We stayed in a neighborhood called Chelsea in Manhattan and crammed ourselves into the teeny tiny apartment. In a day and a half, we went to Brooklyn, ate ramen burgers (burgers where the buns were fried ramen noodles) went to Central Park, Times Square, and I even saw my first Broadway Show, Something Rotten.  It was such an incredible experience, and I cannot wait to go back!

John: This last summer I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Germany, so I spent my entire summer abroad, and it was the best summer of my life. I traveled all across Europe and met amazing people, and I can't wait to go back!

Nicole (and Annabelle): 
This summer Annabelle and I both studied abroad at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, UK. 
It was an amazing trip, we went to Liverpool, Manchester, The Lakes District, and Stratford Upon Avon. There were so many amazing places that we saw, things we talked about, and memories made. (See photos below.)
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