The final weeks at Luther are, in my opinion, the most stressful. There are tons of things you have to worry about: finals, papers, packing, saying goodbye to seniors, transport--it's an endless list. I found the final week of this year more stressful than my first-year's. Not only do I have to worry about studying for two finals, I have two papers due the same week. With all of that going on, I don't get to spend as much time as I would like with the seniors that are leaving. And then the most stressful of them all: packing for summer, packing the room, and storage. Argh!
As I'm writing this now, it's clear that I've somehow managed to survive that crazy week. It was hectic, no doubt, but I had to make sacrifices here and there to complete what was necessary. There were a lot of gatherings with the seniors and I was disappointed that I couldn't make it to most of them. Most nights I was just enjoying the company of my books and papers. I also couldn't stay for commencement this year. Since I missed the last one, I really wanted to go this year. Unfortunately, however, my transportation doesn't always fit with the schedule I'd like.
However, there were plenty of great things that happened in the final days at Luther as well. For starters, the Diversity Center usually organizes a Year-End Barbecue Party near Ylvisaker's volleyball field. It's normally in the evening, where you get to enjoy the aroma of barbecued foods in the air while you bask in the company of your friends, and the view of volleyball players. This time, the barbecue party was a little more special. A close friend of mine is having her birthday soon in June, but since so many of us will be leaving, many of us wouldn't be able to celebrate. Instead, we decided to throw a surprise for her at the barbecue party with all our friends there. It was a memorable evening and a good send-off to finals and to summer.
As for packing, it never gets better as the years pass. This year, Luther was not able to provide summer storage for students because of some technical difficulties at the campus' storage spots. It's been an issue for many students at Luther, especially the international students because we can't bring storage with us wherever we'll be traveling in the summer. Many organizations and other students have been trying to collaborate with locals, faculty, and staff to ease this problem for the students. Thankfully, Student Senate has been making great efforts to help with this problem by reaching out to locals, faculties, and staffs interested in providing summer storage for the students. I managed to secure summer storage with one of our staff members here at Luther, and I'm glad that all my boxes and luggage are in good hands.
My last day at Luther was pretty crazy too. I had a 20-page research paper due, a senior gathering I promised to attend, and PACKING for summer. I'm here now letting you know that I managed to survive it with only one sacrific: sleep. My research paper was due at 11 pm, and I got done with it 20 minutes before the deadline. I did not eat, shower, or sleep the whole day, so once I got done with that paper, I rushed to take a shower and prepare for the gathering. That got done at around 1 am, so that was when my packing began. I didn't know where to begin and I was tempted to go to bed, but I knew I was never going to have a proper checkout if I dozed off. The night was really hectic. I donated many of my belongings and struggled to fit everything in the luggage I was bringing to my summer destination. I got done an hour before my shuttle to Chicago was about to leave, and thankfully, the RA marked it as a proper checkout.
The ride to Chicago took about five hours, so I got all the rest I needed before we arrived. When we got there, I got an Uber and managed to make it to my summer address in one piece. That's how I ended sophomore year, and I'm excited for new beginnings in the summer and fall.
Until next year,