Hello everyone! I realize that it's been a month and a half since I last wrote anything. Sorry about that! This summer has been very busy, so I haven't really gotten a chance to write anything. Today is really the beginning of my summer break, as my CPE program ended last Friday. For those who don't know what that is, CPE stands for Clinical Pastoral Education. You work in a hospital and go visit patients and meet with your peers (I was in a group of 6), where you basically discuss your ministry and figure out how you bring yourself, assumptions, prejudices, histories, etc., to what you're doing. It was a really really good experience. I had heard horror stories about it, but I had a really great supervisor and my group was great too. (There was only one person who drove me nuts, but for the sake of confidentiality, etc., I won't say anymore here). But CPE was a 40 hour a week job, for which I didn't get paid, so I haven't had time to sit down and write. I've also been working on my reading list for Yale. Luckily I'm on the last book, although admittedly it is a little boring. I'm trying to keep my motivation for reading it up. Almost done!
I'm heading to KY tomorrow to visit with the fam for a week. That will be really good, and definitely a nice way to end up the summer. When I get back I'll be moving into my apartment in New Haven and then just hanging out between Worcester and there until August 28th, which marks the start of orientation. I've been trying to figure out which classes I'm going to take. One of the classes I had planned on was cancelled, so now I'm not really sure. And another class that could be interesting (and is an elective, albeit one that is in the religion and literature field) conflicts with another class that I have to take at some point. So who knows. I'll let you know what I've got it figured out, which probably won't be until the first week of classes.
Anywho, I've got to get moving. Time to do laundry, run some errands, and get packing for tomorrow!