The friends I made, both the leaders and participants, are people I hang out with all the time still on campus and I definitely recommend it to everyone! It's a great way to start college with new friends and great memories!- Emily Stifter

I would definitely recommend that every first-year takes part in the Immersion trip. I met some of my really close friends through this trip and we still hang out all the time. Knowing people at the start of the school year made the transition so much easier for me. I had never gone rock climbing or backpacking much before this trip, so it was an amazing experience and I wish I could go back and do it again. I met so many awesome people and made memories that will last a lifetime! - Sarah Eachus

I would highly recommend that other incoming first-year students take part in the Immersion Program. The program provides many great and unique experiences that you cannot get anywhere else. I went on the Driftless trip. During my trip, I enjoyed the unique experiences of backpacking on the Ice Age Trail and rock climbing at Interstate State Park in Minnesota. I was amazed to see the sky packed full of stars when we camped at Picnic Point Campground in Wisconsin. This program challenged me by putting me just outside of my comfort zone with meeting new people, backpacking, and rock climbing on a real rock face. I feel that all of these experiences helped to prepare me for college life by expanding my comfort zone and giving me a solid group of friends when I returned to Luther to begin fall classes. - David Pontius  

I highly recommend the Immersion Trip for every Luther student. Coming into college, I thought, "Yeah, I'm a sociable person, I'll meet people." But my parents nudged me toward going the trip, and I'm really glad they did. I met some really awesome people who, to this day, I still hang out with. Over the week, we canoed the Upper Iowa River, hung out, played Ultimate Frisbee, learned judo, and chopped down a tree with a hatchet. It was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I would recommend that every first year take this opportunity to get to know people before college actually starts. -Erik Romanski

The boundary waters immersion trip is probably the most fun trip I have ever been on. I cannot recommend more highly the trip or the immersion program. I spent the most perfect week doing the best things with the coolest people. I am still really close friends with my group and close with the other people from the other three groups. To me, this speaks really highly of the program because of the bonds we formed from the trip. Without it, it is possible that I might have never met some of my best friends! My group and I frequently think about how badly we want to go back and do the trip again. Also, having the group of people to lean on made the transition a lot easier. I knew that there were people that I could talk to about problems.I can't speak more highly of my experience.Great memories and friendships were made that I will never lose. It was a fantastic experience. -Laura Turco

I highly recommend the immersion trips to all incoming freshman. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and the trip made my transition to Luther so easy. Plus, it is always nice to see my leader, Jason, everyday around campus! Our group did so many fun activities that really brought us closer and tightened our friendships. -Kristen Lambert