Branna's Back

Being away from Luther for the summer always makes coming back a little strange. Being away from any where is a little strange. But being away, in a different country, for an entire year, is stranger than anything else I’ve done. Not only have I not seen these people for about a year and a half, I’ve also taken a different style of classes in that year. It has proven to be a re-adjustment in every way possible. If you haven’t gathered, this is the strange part of coming back to Luther after a year abroad.

But strange as it is, it is also very comforting. The last year of my life has been a whirlwind of meeting new people, traveling to new cities and stepping out of my comfort zone in literally every way possible! It was great and exciting but it definitely took a lot of energy. Because everything was new and changing all of the time I always had to be on my toes. Being back at Luther, I place that I know and love and definitely call my home, has meant that I don’t have to always be on that 100% energy level. I can go back to my favorite place to study (Koren 3rd floor by the way), have dinner in Marty’s with my sorority sisters, and directly go to a professor for advice in a matter of 2 minutes compared to 2 bus rides.

AND THE PEOPLE!

I absolutely love the people. Although I was able to meet and become friends with so many more people, I really missed my people. If I could have it my way, I would have brought all my loved ones to England with me… but I guess it just made coming back to them even better! I forgot how much I missed having such a huge support system right at my fingertips, and now I don’t have to keep in mind a time difference.

As I am facing senior year head on, I realize that I need these amazing people in my life even more than I could have imagined. They help me handle my lack of sleep, exam prep, and everyday personal issues. As strange as it was to jump back into a place that I’ve been away from for so long, I feel like I could call it more of a “graceful leap back into a place I call home.”

Bell pic to kick off senior year! (Branna Elenz and Emily Crowe)
Getting back into activities like SAC Service! (Branna Elenz and Brooke Hilger)
Back with my best friends just being silly and having some local Whippy Dip (Julie Goulette, Jill Harstad, Branna Elenz, Emily Crowe)

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