First Day of School

During J-Term 2018, 286 students and 29 program leaders will participate in one of Luther's 17 courses around the globe. Although it's impossible to keep up with everyone, these blogs are designed to provide glimpses into our students' adventures.

Take a look at the course descriptions, itineraries, and leaders to learn the details of each exciting trip. Most importantly, read the blogs to experience life alongside our traveling students.

J-Term Highlights

Check out these highlighted posts about unforgettable moments, lessons learned, and life-changing experiences!

Monday, January 8th

Yesterday, we started the day registering and getting a background check. We all made it out. Phew!

After that, we rested and explored around the area we are staying at. We watched the sun set for a while and then headed back to the dorms to make spaghetti. Unfortunately, we burnt the pasta but still had a nice time. We celebrated one of our group members 20th birthday. Happy Birthday Maren!

Tuesday, January 9th

The first day of school arrived, and we were all nervously excited for what the school day would entail. We all went to one of three schools: Roosevelt Elementary, Catherine A. Miller Elementary, and Miyamura. After the bell rang at the end of the day, we all had interesting stories to tell and sore feet to put up. Being in the classroom was exhausting, fulfilling, and heartwarming all at the same time. A lot of the children had many stories to tell about their lives and we soaked it all in. 

A couple of things that were interesting was that our school, Catherine A. Miller, started the day off with the Pledge of Allegiance in Navajo and English. Also, the kids went to a Navajo Culture class, which was just like any other special such as music, gym, or library. It was so fascinating to see a different culture being preserved in the public school system.

The weather here feels like a vacation compared to the negative temps that are back home. During recess, the kids looked at us crazy when we left our winter coats inside because of the beautiful 50 degree weather. Tomorrow it is supposed to snow lightly, and every classroom is hoping for a snow day but all of us are hoping the snow will hold off and we can see the kiddos in the morning!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Exploring before dinner
Happy Birthday Maren!
All ready for our first day of school!
One of the elementary schools we are working with. Catherine A. Miller Elementary.