The final weeks at Luther are, in my opinion, the most stressful. There are plenty of things you'd have to worry about: finals, papers, packing, saying goodbye to seniors, transport, and an endless list. I found the final week of my sophomore year more stressful than my first-year's. Not only do I have to worry and study for two of my finals, but I have two papers due the same week as well. Not only that, I don't get to spend as much time as I would like with the seniors that were leaving. 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's necessary. There were a lot of gatherings with the seniors this week and I was disappointed that I couldn't make it to most of them. Most nights when these gatherings take place, I'm just enjoying the company of my books and papers. I also couldn't stay for commencement this year which I badly wanted to since I missed the last one, but somehow my transportation doesn't always seem to fit with the schedule I'd like.
However, there were plenty of great things that happened throughout 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 amidst basking 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 unfortunately, many of us cannot make it in June since we will be leaving. So, 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 for all of us to finals and the summer.
As for packing, it never gets better as the year passes. 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 since it's impossible for us to bring storage with us to wherever we'll be traveling to in the summer. Many organizations and students have been trying to collaborate with locals, faculties, and staffs to ease this problem for the students. Thankfully, the 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 staffs here at Luther, and I'm glad that all my boxes and luggage are in good hands now.
My last day at Luther was pretty crazy too. I had a 20-page research paper due, a last senior gathering I promised to attend, and PACKING for summer. I'm here now letting you know that I managed to survive it with some sacrifices -- sleep. My research paper was due at 11 pm, and I got done with it 20 minutes before the deadline. I did not eat nor shower nor sleep for the whole day as well, and once I got done with that paper, I rushed to taking a shower and preparing for the gathering. The gathering got done at around 1 am, and that was when the packing began for me. 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 took all the rest I needed before we reached. When we arrived, 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,