Leaping with Gusto

September 7, 2010

As I sit here at my desk with a fan blowing the cool, though humid, Decorah air around my spacious fourth-floor room, the words “Luther College” are seen everywhere. On my planner, Safari bookmarks bar, and multiple times on my lanyard, which I have come to find is a key (no pun intended) outfit component at college. In a mere ten days, I feel like I have thrown myself into college life with gusto.
    Upon arrival, I was immediately whisked into my immersion trip, my first of many Luther College adventures. My group and I were to canoe the Upper Iowa River, the subject of our summer reading. I had hoped this trip would give me a sense of what I had read about all summer, considering I had only visited the area once before, and in the intense winter no less. What I found was a meandering, gentle gem of gorgeous Iowa countryside. The week long trip showed me wonders of the place I’m making my new home. We were fortunate to have blue skies our whole trip, and eating lunch on the river simply listening to the calm current was a daily highlight. Although some mornings included some loud cows as our alarms, the bonds with my fellow canoeists are tight. We made it through 70-some miles of Upper Iowa River and a whole host of other adventures, and what can bond a group more than inside jokes with one another?
    After my return to Decorah, I leaped into orientation. My roommates moved in (making the dorm filled with much more life) and we began our journey with 650 others as the Luther College Class of 2014. Registering for classes, buying books, and maneuvering around the CAF were accomplished. The Zero-Waste Picnic was another reminder that Luther attempts to be a ‘greener’ school everyday. My first Paideia meeting and the ‘Ask the Author’ with Dr. David Faldet (a Luther professor) also enlightened my views of our summer reading, Oneota Flow. Goofy occurrences, I have found, are quite popular in college as well. For example, coming back to your dorm room and finding a coloring book picture of Hermione taped to your door. Also, our first welcome dance was square dancing in a parking lot. I suppose that could be considered adjusting to Midwest life, though!
    So, in the words of Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” Luther College is going to be an adventure, and I have no idea what I’m going to leap into next.

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