Shimer College

Student Blogs

Shimer is shaped by students, for students, and these are their voices, opinions, ideas, and personal works.

  • Often when I discuss Kafka with others, I get a response along the lines of, “Oh, he’s so bleak,” “He’s so depressing,” and everyone likes to throw out the word “Kafkaesque”. Now, it’s not that I’m disagreeing with these assessments, because, to a certain extent, they are true. Parts of Kafka’s works can be considered alternatively bleak or depressing, and Kafka is, well, Kafkaesque. None of that means he isn’t hilarious, though.
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    And other questions answered by a Shimer student
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    And other questions answered by a Shimer student

  • I was sort of on the fence about whether or not The LEGO movie would be any good. However, everyone was laughing ten minutes in, and I left the theater feeling thoughtful.
  • How does the “artist” fit in at Shimer?
  • Are you looking for a liberal arts college where you are taught not what to think but how? Are you looking for a place where people love to read? Then Shimer may be the place for you.
  • This winter has been, by all reports, significantly harsher than the average winter in Chicago. My first exposure to winter in Chicago was last year, which mistakenly lead me to believe that all the long underwear I had purchased in anticipation of my move here was a bit of a waste. Sure, I needed some of it but not nearly as much as I had on hand.
  • Champion figure skater and Shimer professor Bev Thurber takes her students ice skating every spring. This year, the Chinatown Girl Scout troop joined us. Good times were to be had all around.
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    Before I came to Shimer, I didn’t think I wanted to go to college. I wanted to be a firefighter and write books and had a hard time seeing how spending four years in an academic institution would help me. This semester, as I’m preparing to graduate in May, I took an EMT class and was surprised at how much Shimer helped me to prepare.
    By SaraLouise Dawson
  • When I was a student at Shimer, I dreamed of being a Board member. I would know everything about the College before anyone else did, all the secrets, good and bad, all the dirt and all the glory. I’ve now served on the Board for twenty years, and everything I used to believe turned out to be totally wrong.
    By Dan Shiner ‘77
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    I was recently initiated into the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.
    By SaraLouise Dawson
  • Solly the Therapy Dog visited Gunsaulus Hall today!
    By Sam Truman
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    Brenton Stewart won the 1-Day Chess Tournament, earning him a game against Professor David Shiner.
    By Tyler Young
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    Nate Wright on the Christian Canon
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    Sam Kepp on the Phaedrus
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    I’m currently in my Natural Sciences 3 course studying light and magnetism where, I kid you not, I wrote a paper on sunshine and rainbows.
    by James Eastling
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    Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Classes
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    We find ourselves, at the hive, at a fascinating interface between the human creative process and nature’s processes.
    By Ed Vlcek
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    When writing week began I still had two ideas. One was writing a haiku for every element on the periodic table. The other was to build a pocket sized espresso machine.
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    Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences.

    This post is from Netiya, who is interning with the Illinois Choice Action Team.

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    Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are Shimer students participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences.

    This post is from Netiya, who is interning with the Illinois Choice Action Team.

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    I’ll admit… I am not a particular fan of organ music, so my knee-jerk reaction to Stuart Patterson’s offer of a tour of reputedly the finest organ in Oxford – was initially negative.
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    We’re still a long way off from Star Trek’s transporter technology, but the nice thing about being in the city of Chicago and partnered with IIT is that full-time students have access to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
  • Shimer gives you so many opportunities, but in the end, you might decide to stay right here in Chicago – and that’s okay too.
  • Introductions are a social burden heaved upon a soul at such a time, perhaps, when one is least inclined to introduce oneself. Like now.
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    Sit Stay Read is a nonprofit organization that implements literacy programs at inner-city grade schools. But get this: all of our materials are dog-themed, such as our books, brainstorming worksheets, and writing sheets.
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    So, I can hardly believe that I am the first to write up a blog post on this, but recently IIT (the renowned engineering school that hosts Shimer’s modest one-story campus) presented a lecture by William Nye.  As in, the Science Guy. 
  • Most of what is said in Shimer classes is, of course, said live – and for the most part, lost to posterity. Here’s an email exchange between me and one of my students.
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    Hello, internet. 

    I suppose introductions are in order: my name is Ryan Taylor-Davis, and I’m a first-year transfer student at Shimer from Sebastopol, California.

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    Among my favourite reading lists this past academic year was for the (lamentably retired) David Lukens’ survey course on Medieval philosophy, spanning from Athenagoras to Buridan.