Today officially marks a month of my stay in Luther College, and I’ve honestly never been as overwhelmed as I was before I got here. Every single day for an entire month has been nothing less than exciting and new for me. Unlike many international students who have studied in the United World Colleges, I have never experienced studying abroad before hence I do not know what to expect from this transition at all. When I got here, however, it was different. Luther has made it so accommodating for all the international students and we are constantly ensured that help is everywhere whenever we need it. We didn’t have to worry about opening bank accounts, getting our social security number, and our living stipends before we receive our first paychecks as the Diversity Center did a great job in taking care of all of that for us!
I was honestly pretty shocked when I found out Luther is considered a small college because it’s definitely way bigger than the biggest campus in my country. Well, as ‘small’ as it is, I’m actually amazed by the natural setting that surrounds the campus. The skies are always beautiful in the evenings, and the greenery of the summer landscape just allows the students to connect more to the flora and fauna here. This may be silly but what I am most fascinated about in Luther are the deer and the squirrels. I don’t know why my American friends are not as excited as I am whenever we see deer but I’m guessing it’s because they hunt them all the time and I only get to see them in zoos back at home. Anyway, the facilities in Luther as just as notable as the environment. The technology, library, gym, cafeteria and everything else is so well maintained, especially when it comes to cleanliness. What I like best about the facilities here is the 24-hour security they provide for the students. I am able to get escort all the time whenever I stay up late at Brandt with my friends.
Speaking of friends, they are the people who have helped made my transition into Luther significantly better. I can never ask for a better bunch of these guys because throughout this entire month, they have not only been dealing with my random Asian moments and inadequate survival skills, but they have showed me what it’s like to be lucky enough to find genuine company in college. They’ve taught me a lot within these 31 days, things I’ll never be able to learn back at home. Although they may not notice (and that this may sound rather creepy), but I learned so much about the American culture and lifestyle simply by observing the way they are, and it's how amazing how vivid their culture is although not many may perceive so. I especially like how friendly and warm everyone is here, which only makes my stay more comfortable. Also, my roommate taught me how to be more independent than I ever was before. I learned how to use an oven, how to remove stains from rugs, how to do laundry, how to be responsible and clean up the room and so much more which I’ve never got a chance to learn at home. I also got to explore Decorah (which I’ll talk about in my next blog. It’s a cute town with an amazing view). I’m grateful to every one of them who has helped in making my transition into Luther better and easier.