Auspicious Beginnings!

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a fantastic summer!  I just returned to Luther on Sunday, and, while I know I will miss seeing my family every day, it’s great to be back.  I can’t wait to get back into the swing of classes, activities, and, of course, writing all-new blog posts!

Since you last heard from me, I had a wonderful summer vacation, which I spent hanging out with family, reading lots of books, learning how to cook, and working as a roller coaster operator.  Now that I’m back at Luther, I’m living in Larsen Hall, which is beautiful and fabulous and will likely be the subject of a later blog post.

My humble abode in Larsen Hall
My humble abode in Larsen Hall

 

After the craziness that was moving in (How do I loft my bed?  Did I forget my mattress pad?), I spent the rest of Sunday and Monday arranging my room and hanging out with friends.  For first years, these days were filled with a flurry of orientation activities – tours, informational sessions, and getting-to-know-you events – but as a sophomore, the activities were all optional, so I had plenty of time to relax and reacquaint myself with Luther’s gorgeous campus.

Tuesday featured the Activities Fair, easily one of my favorite parts of this week.  Coming to the Fair last year as a freshman, I had already decided what clubs I wanted to join and made a beeline for those booths, ignoring a lot of the others.  This year, I took my time meandering around the tables and realized there were SO MANY great activities I wanted to join.  I wrote my name down for about a zillion: the knitting club, the book club, Student Activities Council (Concerts branch), Sustainability volunteering, various service organizations, psychology club, the Performing Arts Committee….  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to participate in all of them, but I’m excited to try out new activities!

Visiting the Activities Fair!
Visiting the Activities Fair!

 

Yesterday, classes started up again, which was exciting.  This semester, I’m taking an introductory biology course as well as Research Methods for psychology, Psychology of Health and Illness, World Pottery, and pilates.  So far, they all seem like fascinating subjects!  It’s going to be a busy semester, but I’m excited to learn so many new things!

To herald in this auspicious beginning of the academic year, Luther held its Convocation this morning.  The guest speaker, Cristina Henríquez, is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, the novel that first-year students were asked to read this summer.  After listening to her talk, I can safely say that, in addition to being a fantastic writer of books, Henríquez is an absolutely amazing writer of speeches.  I could listen to her talk all day.  She spoke about the importance of stories as a defining element of what makes us human.  Stories, she said, allow us to “spend time in another person’s consciousness,” forcing us to imagine one another’s lives in a rapidly advancing technological world, where texting and social media leave us “connected broadly but not deeply.”

Sitting in the balcony at Convocation
Sitting in the balcony at Convocation

 

This emphasis on stories and their ability to transport readers into a different scenario reminded me of my goal for this blog. In writing about my experiences this year, I hope that I can share a part of life at Luther with you!  I hope to give you a taste of the academics, student life, scenic landscapes, and many opportunities to be found here.  It really is a fantastic place to be.

And on that happy note, I am off to eat dinner.  Omnomnomnomnom.

Oh misty Luther bluffs, how I have missed you!

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