New Year, New Things!

Hello everybody! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

January term has officially begun at Luther, and it’s great to be back! Although many of my friends are away studying abroad or doing internships for the month, things are still lively here on campus. Here are some of the things I’ve been up to in the past week:

1) Taking a new class!

For January, I am taking Classical Mythology with Philip Freeman. I am really enjoying it!

During our first week, we read The Epic of Gilgamesh, a Mesopotamian myth about a king named Gilgamesh and his friend, Enkidu, who go on adventures together, killing monsters, etcetera. Now we’ve moved into Greek mythology. We finished the Greek poet Hesiod’s Works and Days and Theogony and have begun looking at Homer’s Iliad.

This is the book my class is working on right now; it includes parts of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
This is the book my class is working on right now; it includes parts of the Iliad and the Odyssey.

 

2) Starting a new job!

I’ve also started a new work study job as a Resident Assistant (RA) in my dorm. The first week has been really fun, and I’m getting to meet lots of new people. We have meetings once a week, and certain nights we are “on duty” in the dorm. We also get to decorate bulletin boards and plan programs for residents.

My first RA bulletin board!
My first RA bulletin board!

 

3) Reading for pleasure!

Preus Library is having a great leisure reading program, Hot Reads for Cold Nights, during January, and for every book you read for pleasure, you can be entered in a drawing for some really cool prizes, like mittens or a calendar or a Luther College afghan blanket. So I’ve been reading a fun book for that!

This is a poster I drew for the library's Hot Reads for Cold Nights recreational reading program
This is a poster I drew for the library's Hot Reads for Cold Nights recreational reading program

 

4) Enjoying the snow! (But not the cold….)

Luther had the sparkly-est snow I have ever seen this week, making up for the almost complete lack of snow in December. It looked like glitter had fallen in heaps from the sky! It’s also super cold, though, so I’ve been reacquainted with the fact that if I go outside with my hair wet, it freezes instantly.

This very large snow fort was constructed during the first week of January term. My utmost respect goes to its architects.
This very large snow fort was constructed during the first week of January term. My utmost respect goes to its architects.

 

5) Seeing some fantastic deer!

You can often see deer at Luther if you go out at dusk, but this week, I saw three right outside my dorm in broad daylight! So that was pretty cool. Decorah is a wonderful place.

Three deer, chilling outside of Larsen Hall
Three deer, chilling outside of Larsen Hall

 

And those are some of the things I’ve been up to this week! Overall, it’s been a wonderful J-term so far, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for the rest of this month!

But more imminently, I’m excited to see what’s for dinner in the Caf tonight, because I am one hungry college student….

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