A Weekend in the Windy City

I have been fantasizing all year about visiting my best friend at Northwestern. Jterm gave me a chance to finally go! Needless to say, it wasn't as easy getting there as we'd hoped. I got a ride with two other freshmen girls who were heading my way, and of course, Friday morning we woke up to quite a snowstorm, piling on almost twelve inches. "Is it still safe to go?" we wondered. But we had been looking forward to this weekend too long to give it up. So we confidently packed our things into the car and hoped for the best. I won't get into the details of the ride but it was quite an exciting one, involving icy patches and towing ourselves out of snow dunes, but a painstaking eight hours later we had finally arrived in Chi-town and I was meeting interesting kids from Northwestern. I was astonished by how different Northwestern is from Luther. First of all, it's a school of about 8,300, making it almost twice the size of Luther. Secondly, Greek life is a big part of their social culture, which is hardly existent at Luther. And they are also a Big 10 school, making them one of the best college football teams in the nation! (I think we can all agree that football isn't Luther's strength, and I'm okay with that!) I also found the people to be different - cosmopolitan, more "work and then play" types - and it was fun being a part of this totally new dynamic! Turns out we didn't spend any time in Chicago at all (haha, tricked you with the title there, ey?). But that's not what this weekend was about - it was about being with my best friend and getting a chance to see her 'in her world'. Hopefully some day soon she'll get to see me in mine!

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