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Our First good meal

For about a week all we had been eating was cereal and bread. We were just lazy to take a shuttle or drive to Wal-Mart to buy food. So, on Wednesday we ran out of our food supply and we were hungry, very hungry. One of my friends was not talking at his normal rate because he had no energy to speak, he was hungry.

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Snow

The Campus

“It’s boring, it’s too quiet, all my friends are gone, I am going home, I am visiting a family friend etc.”, are the common phrases you hear from most students during breaks. People like me got to stay on campus and see what Luther College looks like without most students.

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Still Green

The wind has striped the trees their wonderful colored leaves. Usually, after the trees are leafless, the snow covers them and ice forms in some branches making them shinny. However, up until today, December 7, 2012, we have not experienced snow.

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PS

The Community

After my Stats class I went to my room to relax for a couple of minutes. I logged in on facebook and saw that one of my high school friends was online. I really wanted to talk to him so I asked him if we can skype and he said yes. I was excited and I opened my skype account very fast and called him, Njabulo Mndzebele. I call him Mndzebele.

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Sleep, Eat, Movies was the Order of the Day

I tried my best to be a good student and do homework after Thanksgiving during the break but the turkey was already in my blood. You see, before the Thanksgiving I was resting; I did not want to do homework or do anything related to books. All I wanted was to lean back and relax; sleep, watch movies and eat. I told myself that I will start thinking about schoolwork after I have eaten some turkey.

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Indian Night

1 Hour Visit to India

After a hectic week, ISAA brought India in Marty’s. ISAA, International Students Association and Allies, has started a tradition of sharing different cultures with the campus called Country Presentations. Last year we brought South Africa to Marty’s and we got to meet South Africans and hear about the 11 different languages spoken there. As the tradition continued, this year we travelled to Asia to learn about India.

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Exciting Phone call

“You collect all you can my friend” is part of the email from Glen that made my life, my Tuesday better. For weeks we had been struggling on how we were going to ship shoes weighing over 100 pounds. All we were told was that it was going to be very expensive to pay for the shipment and we had to start raising funds for shipment. We already had the shoes collected and we really wanted them to get to those who need them in Swaziland. We only had $250 and we knew that this amount of money was not enough to ship the amount of shoes we had collected.

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Conference

Memorable Side Ache

Friday 11/2/2012, was the last race for xc JV folks. It was a race where I have planned to run 8km under 27 minute. I wanted to pr and run a negative split. I knew I could do it especially because of the support of my teammates; pushing each other beyond one’s limits is what we do best at LCXC.

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Still Standing

I have taken weeks, a week off, days and a day off. I have also taken a day easy. I have spent more time in the trainer’s room than I have spent running. However, I am still standing. The support I get from the Luther Cross Country Team (LCXC) is so great words cannot describe it. The only way one can understand it is by being part of the team. LCXC is more than a team; LCXC is my family. I have 41 brothers (Oak and Sky North) 31 sisters. I have two fathers, Steve and Eric, and one mother, Yarrow.

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Tough Decision

I have been confused for a while about the next step after college. All I know is that I want to be in finance and I love statistics. It is either I go to grad school or work. The career fair on the 11th of October 2012 answered most of the questions I had about finding a job after college. However, I had tones of questions needed to be answered about grad school. To the rescue, came the diversity center with solutions free of charge. The diversity center took a group of about 17 multicultural and international students to Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames. My job was to go to the statistics department and get answers to all my questions. It was like bringing an empty stomach to a buffet to be filled by all the good food.     

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Job

I am in a Suit

On Thursday, October 11, the Career Center hosted a career fair. It was like a buffer of knowledge about available careers in the work place. The only thing I had to bring was my happy yet professional serious face and of course my resume. Well, the first thing I can say about the experience is that I never knew that talking could be so tiring. I now I admire my friends who talks so much because, as I found out, talking requires a lot of energy. I also admire the representatives of different companies who were part of this big event and were interested in guiding us to a brighter future with their company and giving us knowledge about the work environment.

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ISAA Fashion Show

School Boy

On the 31st of October,  we, the International Student Association and Allies, brought the ramp at Regents. We organized a fashion show which was aimed at taking Kids back to school. Our plan was to collect shoes, pads and money donations during the show which will be shipped to Swaziland (my Home country) to help those who need them. 

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