Hello everyone! My apologies for the delayed update over two months. Spring semester has been pretty hectic, since the day I landed. Just a recap on how things have been going for me, I was back in Malaysia for winter break and the entire J-term and I got here a day before classes began. Life has been taking over since then.
This semester has been exceptionally life-changing for me. I'll start by talking about life in my new residence hall, Farwell! It was actually an impulsive decision my roommate and I made last fall. Don't get me wrong, Miller is a great residence hall and it's been good to me as well, but there were plenty of reasons why Farwell favored our everyday lives better than Miller did. So both my roommate and I mostly have our classes over at Koren, and trust me, the walk from Miller to Koren everyday (especially during 8ams) was dreadful. With the weather getting colder, we decided that Farwell's location is more ideal for us. Apart from classes, my roommates and I realized that Farwell is actually closer to so many other buildings on campus. We haven't been eating well in the fall semester, reason being that we weren't too keen on walking to and fro to the Union everyday to get food. Living in Farwell has made it better for us to visit the caf more and eat healthily. However, the main reason why we moved to Farwell was because we realized that we love living in Farwell clusters more than a Miller suite. We preferred the furniture, the carpetted floor, and a cozy lounge we can go to at any time to enjoy the company of our other cluster mates.
My roommate and I arrived on the same day, and both of us took the Luther shuttle back to campus. It took more than 5 hours, but we weren't feeling it too much because we were asleep most of the time. The first week for us was intense. We had to go to classes without even tidying our room and unpacking. Because of that, we had to come back to a mountain of boxes and furniture all over the place every day for a week straight. However, when the weekend arrived, we took the extra time off we had from school to give our room a huge makeover. We even borrowed some furniture arrangement ideas from one of our cluster mates. At first, we thought we wouldn't be able to handle moving the furnitures by ourselves, but to our surprise, we got everything in place within less than 2 hours! It was a huge relieve. The rest of the unpacking came later in the week but here we are now, a room we call home and yearn to come back to every day.
Now last fall was a great semester, but I wasn't content with the lifestyle I had back then. I knew I could've done better, that's why I was determined to change the way I do things for the spring semester. It all happened one night when my roommate and I were feeling so jetlagged, we slept at 7pm and woke up the next morning at 6am. We've never felt so refreshed in our lives as we did, so we continued that routine until today. We would occasionally get breakfast and even do a little bit of studying before classes began. Our time management also improved because of this new schedule we had, since we were determined to always get everything done by 9:30pm. Waking up for 8ams is no longer a burden to me, and since I wake up at 6am everyday, I'm beginning to appreciate the little time in the morning I have for myself to get ready for the day and even talk to friends and family from back home. Apart from that, we've been more active than before in co-curricular activities in the school. We signed up for all kinds of new organizations like Interfaith, Model United Nations, Luther College Young Democratic Socialists and so forth! Getting more involved with these activities connected us more with Luther and the community. I've been meeting so many amazing new people who share smiliar interests and can have meaningful conversations with which I wished I've met earlier.
All in all, this new lifestyle has been doing an immense amount of good to my roommate and I. We are heaps more productive than we were before, and we find ourselves mentally and physically and spiritually healthier than last semester. I hope the end result of all this will bring a difference to our experience in Luther. I'll be sure to keep you updated on that.