Yes, I am grateful for Luther College. It has not been the easiest ride, especially in the last couple of months as my college time is ending, but it has been one of the most important rides of my life!
When I came to Luther back in 2013 I was thankful for independence. I was thankful to step out of my comfort zone and explore a world outside of my small town…in another small town. At this point in my life everything was new and exciting. It was scary at times and I had to learn a lot both academically and socially but because of that I have met so many people who are now some of the biggest influences in my life!
I am thankful for the knowledge that I have gained through this liberal arts degree. As much as I hate statistics, I can now read an academic article and actually understand what the findings are. It is more likely that I will read past the abstract… usually. I have dabbled in philosophy and religion and I’ve finally come to the point where I think I know what I am going to do with the rest of my life! I could not have done that three and a half years ago.
I am so incredibly grateful for the friends that I have made during my time at Luther. Sometimes I look back on where I was in those first few weeks of college. Some of those people are still my dearest friends. Some are not. Either way those people, every single one of them, have made an impact in my life and I am so thankful for the memories made and lessons learned in that time.
I am thankful for the professors that have pushed me to do more than I thought I could handle. I thank them for supporting me in my victories and lifting me up in my struggles. I always thought that I pushed myself hard but, with the guidance of these wonderful people who truly take the time to help and understand you, I have a much better grasp of the potential I have within me. They have also taught me how big and beautiful the world is and how influential of a being I am. I don’t think I will ever be able to thank them enough.
The opportunities I have at Luther have been far more than I ever expected and have affected every area of my life. And I know that these opportunities are not through. I am thankful that I can still utilize the great things I have received from this campus in the months until graduation and onwards.