Jay De Man

a few scenes

For this week, I want to give you a few scenes from my life over these past weeks. As the introductions fade into relationships, and with good, well-known structures around us, there’s tremendous freedom.  Here are some episodes from all that freedom.

Scene I. 

Calvin's observatory. 

Calvin's observatory. 

The supermoon eclipse! Though cloudy in the utmost, my friends and I voyaged a little ways out past the light of the city and nearby developments, found a park, and sat down to observe this rare and spectacular event. At first, we were discouraged: the moon was obscured by low-level clouds. Near 11p.m., we were treated to the last portion of totality as the clouds, here and there, gave way to perfect clarity. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life. 

Calvin’s own observatory held a public viewing of the eclipse, and if you’d like, you can look at a sample of some of the shots they took here

Scene II. 

The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids, a haven for food trucks. 

The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids, a haven for food trucks. 

One person’s study is everyone’s adventure in the Honors living-learning community. A sociology project rapidly evolved into a group trip to find food trucks and crowds to observe in Grand Rapids. Amidst the flurry of ArtPrize activity, we succeeded. Food was eaten, notes were taken, and the glorious perfection of fall sunshine was all around. 

Scene III. 

On the left, the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Directly ahead, Rosa Parks Circle – each, all and everywhere filled with art and activity. 

On the left, the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Directly ahead, Rosa Parks Circle – each, all and everywhere filled with art and activity. 

I am now fully nineteen. I had a birthday yesterday, and as it was my first away from family, it was an experience unlike any I’d had before. Though quite truly just another day, it was good to designate a moment to reflect on these last years; the places I’ve been and the people who’ve helped me in everything I’ve done. Early in the morning, I was taken coffee-bar-hopping, and in the evening once again to downtown Grand Rapids. There, with good company, excellent coffee and pleasant sushi were enjoyed after viewing the works of art on display throughout much of the city. It was a pleasant, steady thing.

My expedition into education finds itself punctuated with little moments of vitality, both inside and outside of the classroom. Study flows easily into real life, and I am finding the more I experience with these good people around me, the better I am equipped to engage what is taught. Calvin is a great place to be, not just for the education, but for the opportune launching pad it provides into living well.