English (writing track)
Noteworthy campus activity: Serves as managing editor of Chips, Luther's student publication.
Most memorable Luther moment to date: "I wrote and directed a film for my communications class and it won third place at Luther’s Oneota Film Festival," says Michael. "It was really cool to apply class work to the real world."
Recent study abroad trip: "I took a J-term class called 'Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in Context'," he says. "We visited England, Northern Ireland, and France."
Michael claims he's one of many generations in his family who has attended Luther. "Both of my parents graduated from here along with some of my aunts and uncles, my little brother, and the list really goes on and on," he says with a laugh.
But one of the main reasons he chose Luther was because of his own interests.
"The Decorah area is great for both mountain and road biking," he says. "I also appreciate the community and how there are so many unassuming people here that do remarkable things. It also seemed like every time I visited I met people where I thought, 'Man, I'd really like to hang out with him.'"
Since being at Luther, Michael has been involved with Chips which, he confesses, is his favorite part of the week. He also serves as the loud rock disc jockey at KWLC (Luther's student-run radio station) and plays intramural Frisbee.
But, aside from being a full-time student, Chips is what takes up the majority of his time--usually 20+ hours each week. "I love the fact that it helps prepare me for a career in journalism and how it involves writing, storytelling, editing, and laying out the pages," he says. "It's really a great fit for me and what I want to do."