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Hey all!

One week left of classes—and my last week of being at Luther for quite a while! Nottingham is getting so real, so fast... We've had many meetings in the last couple weeks or so, and there still seems like there's so much to do. It won't be too long now until we leave in September! I'm so excited. :)

I realized that I have never written about my living arrangements this year! So, I decided to write about that for one of my last posts of 2017-18! I've been living in the Sustainability House on campus, better known as "Sus House," to many people.

I applied to live in Sus House last year, completely on a whim. I never really expected that I'd get accepted to live in the house this year—but I did! :) I was looking forward to the experience for sure, as I came back to Luther at the beginning of the school year. That being said, I was also a bit nervous about how it would be to actually live in the Sus House.

I knew of a few people that would be my future housemates, but I had never really met them or talked to them. So, I was pretty much entering the house not knowing anybody that I would be living with. (Side note: I definitely recommend that, even though it might be a bit nerve wracking at first, it gives you the opportunity to meet people that you may have never otherwise come across!)

The first few months of living in the house were a bit of a change for me, to say the least. I didn't feel like I fit in that well in the beginning—just not having much of any background in science-y things, conservation, or sustainability in general. I felt like I didn't have many commonalities with the people that I was living with. I would be lying if I said that those first few months were easy for me, because they weren't.

After the first few months, things definitely started to get better. I gained a strong sense of belonging and felt like I was where I needed to be. Living in Sus House was everything that I was looking for in a living situation here at Luther.

I have also been quite lucky to gain some amazing friends this year in Sus House! At the beginning of the year, we had a house meeting—to go over ground rules, get to know each other, things like that... One of my housemates, Nate, said his favorite part of being in the house was seeing the little "family" that we become by the end of the year. While I remember definitely hoping that would eventually be true, I was probably a bit skeptical at first. However, I can gladly report that what he said was SO TRUE. :)

We really have become a little family of sorts this year, and it's been an awesome thing to experience. Whether it's hearing Max loudly go on and on about something in the kitchen, having deep conversations about life with Savannah, or talking to Jamie about Nottingham things...it all adds to the excitement of living in the house. It may be a bit hectic sometimes, but I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had in the house this year for anything.

I love being able to go home at the end of a long day and find at least one or more of my housemates studying in the living room or congregating in the kitchen. I love being able to just hang out with my housemates in the living room and talk and/or laugh until we cry. I love that I can have a terrible day and go home and find someone that can make me laugh and cheer me up.

Moral of this post: DO THINGS THAT PUSH YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. It may be one of the best things that you decide to do (especially in college), and you might meet some pretty amazing people. :)

And to Jamie, Max, Nate, Megan, Savannah, Izzy, Kristina, Lauren, Grace, Claire (and Marcella, Natalie, and Jeffrey, because I think y'all were basically honorary Sus House members this year)... THANK YOU for a year I'll never forget—full of laughs, plenty of jokes, and good times. I am so glad that I was able to get to know each of you this year. Whether you're graduating at the end of this year or you have a few more years at Luther, I wish you all much continued success in life. The memories that we made together this year will stay with me forever, and I'll miss you guys!

Amber Sorenson

Amber Sorenson

Amber is a sophomore from Newton, Iowa. She is majoring in communication studies and minoring in anthropology and Nordic Studies. Along with blogging for Luther admissions, she also works for Media Relations. She plays alto saxophone in Varsity Band and is the crew captain for Love Your Melon. One of her favorite things about Luther is the strong sense of community. Next year, she'll be studying in Nottingham, England!

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Near the beginning of the year, some of my housemates and I made a trip to the Pizza Farm. It was a super fun evening, with good conversation and amazing pizza! Definitely of my favorite memories from this school year!
Here's my bed! I live in the quad room in our house, which generally houses four people.
My lovely roommates—Claire, Megan, and Savannah! :) We took this picture at our Christmas get together in December, before Claire left to study abroad.
We have a full kitchen at the house! It frequently serves as a congregating place for many people, as well as the living room.
Sus House at our Christmas get together in December (plus Marcella and Natalie)! :) I'll miss them next year!

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