For me, the summer is about to begin for real. Until this point, I have been living at home and bound by few responsibilities, but this afternoon I drove four hours up to my summer home-away-from-home: Bonclarken.
Prior to going to Erskine, I had never heard of this wonderful little place up in the mountains. Prior to working here, I had only visited twice, for the winter retreat that Erskine has organized for the past few years in January. However, after working and living here all last summer, I have come to love Bonclarken dearly.
I work in the office up here, but there is a whole group of us – mostly college students – who stay every year for the summer and work. There is a recreation staff (Rec), guest services, and some food service workers, and we all live in two little buildings. Part of the great experience is living with the people you work with; this means that you really get to know them. Granted, most of the student workers go to or graduated from Erskine, so we all kind of know each other to begin with, but then you just get to know them in a whole new way.
Because we have no commute time, most meals are provided, and we all live together, we do a lot of things with each other outside of work, as well. There are always lots of movies, excursions, activities around Bonclarken, and I think the guys have even set up a video game room in their building this year! Plus, because we are in the mountains I love to spend time outside, going for walks, hiking, reading on the lake, or even just going downtown and poking around the little shops – it is definitely a great place to spend the summer!
The work is good, the location is beautiful, the people are so nice, there is lots of fun to be had, and it is a community of Christians. . . the summer is starting for real tomorrow when I go in for my first day of work, and I am looking forward to another rewarding few months, making memories and enjoying it all.