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Finding Friends and Doing Work

Finding Friends and Doing Work

November 9, 2013
By Stephen Ster

So this week started out fairly stressful but has mellowed out as time has passed. Today I'll respond to some questions a follower has asked and elaborate a little on those.

So Hannah, first let me say thank you for posting! It's nice to know that these are being read and to have something to go off of. If you do end up coming to Luther, I highly encourage you to seek me out and say hello!

So to let you know how homework goes, the most important thing I can say to you is plan. out. your. time. This is actually something I struggle with and am still adjusting to at college, however a lot of it is very manageable. There may be days where you won't be able to get all of the fun stuff you want to do done, however if you are in the right major doing you studies can actually be very fun and helpful! It's just a matter of prioritizing what you do with your time, as you generally have quite a bit of time available if you look for it. Being a music major, it is a little hard to compare to most others, as most of my homework is practicing (which I am still training myself to do regularly and effectively). That being said, I have many friends who are science majors and they still have time to hang out with me for an hour and a half at least every day.

Being involved in extra things does make this hard in the beginning, but you learn to adapt to your schedule and make it work. Plus, many times the extra curricular activities are socializing opportunities in and of themselves!

As far as making friends, I have had no trouble making friends here. The best thing for it is to be open and kind. Remember: everyone is just as insecure as you are. Most people want to have interactions with others, but are just too scared to initiate. Look for every opportunity to go up to someone you don't know and strike up a conversation, and you'd be surprised at how quickly you can make friends. Along with this, I would like to put in a plug for the First Year Immersion program, as I met my best friend through this program and still hang out with him all the time. Everyone I met on this trip I still consider a friend and have no trouble walking up and saying hi when I see them. So really, friends are abundant at Luther if you can be open about it, and everyone is generally very friendly here!

As far as my favorite memory, I would have to say it's between one of two things: one would be being a part of the show Proof during the first part of my semester. Another one that comes to mind is the homecoming chapel service almost all the choirs sang together at, which was such a gorgeous time that it filled me with wonder. There are so many wonderful moments here that I could list off things all day!

I hope that answers some of your questions, and if anyone else reads this I hope you are encouraged to ask as well!

Sing Well,

Stephen

Comments

  • November 17 2013 at 5:10 pm
    Anonymous
    Hi Stephen, I'm a prospective student (wanting to major in either communications or music education - specifically instrumental), and really interested in Luther as my possible college choice in a few years. I've already fallen in love with the campus (and the people) from going to Dorian Summer Music Camp for the past 4 summers. It's been the highlight of my summer since I started going. :) My question is - how much financial aid (either through scholarships, work study, etc.) does Luther offer to most students? Obviously, the initial annual cost is quite a lot of money, but does Luther do a good job of reducing the amount that the student/student's parents have to pay out of pocket? Is the cost affordable to most that attend Luther, so that they don't have to take out a bunch of money in loans that take years after graduation to pay back? Thanks!

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Myself and Mim during rehearsal
Myself and Mim during rehearsal
Myself and Mim during rehearsal