Card Games & Qingming

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2016 by Kelsey Rausch

Dr. Watkin sorting cards!

Dr. Watkin sorting cards!

I’ve blogged before about how being at a small private college means that college professors have more freedom and creativity in the way that they present class material. This morning, I had two super cool class experiences that definitely enriched my educational experience and I wanted to share them with you.

Qingming- At about 9:30am, I shuffled over to the Prairie Home Cemetery near campus to participate in Qingming for my East Asian Religions class. In many East Asian countries, on whatever day that the Spring Equinox lands, families visit the family gravesite to sweep off the graves and offer food, tea, and news of the family to their ancestors. It is believed that communication with ancestors is more easily done during Spring Equinox. So to better understand this process, we did Qingming on people buried at the local cemetery. It was super cool to actually experience something that we have discussed in class!

Card Games- In my Jane Austen class, we had a lot of fun playing card games that related to Jane Austen. In many of Austen’s books, the characters play card games to occupy their time. One of the games that they commonly played was charades. Their kind of charades was a lot different than the kind of charades we play today, though. Theirs involves riddles that people solve. So Dr. Watkin found really cool charade riddles about Jane Austen characters and it was a cool challenge to solve them! I kind’ve wish we played that kind of charades today!

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Hello, there! I’m Kelsey Rausch and I am an English Education major from Elk River, Minnesota. It is my hope that I will be able to do extraordinary things with my life and I think I chose the right college to help me make an impact on people’s lives. I have some serious Cobber pride and couldn’t be more in love with this amazing college! I love music in every way that it can be taken in, whether that be listening, collecting, watching, or performing. I’d like to think I have great taste in music and I love connecting with people over a shared interest in music. I’m always up for an adventure and trying new things. I’m (apparently) very awful at telling stories, so I have to have crazy adventures to talk about to make up for my lack of ability. I am always in search of good books to read and I am grateful for God, who has blessed me with so much.