Being away from Luther for the summer always makes coming back a little strange. Being away from any where is a little strange. But being away, in a different country, for an entire year, is stranger than anything else I’ve done. Not only have I not seen these people for about a year and a half, I’ve also taken a different style of classes in that year. It has proven to be a re-adjustment in every way possible. If you haven’t gathered, this is the strange part of coming back to Luther after a year abroad.
But strange as it is, it is also very comforting. The last year of my life has been a whirlwind of meeting new people, traveling to new cities and stepping out of my comfort zone in literally every way possible! It was great and exciting but it definitely took a lot of energy. Because everything was new and changing all of the time I always had to be on my toes. Being back at Luther, I place that I know and love and definitely call my home, has meant that I don’t have to always be on that 100% energy level. I can go back to my favorite place to study (Koren 3rd floor by the way), have dinner in Marty’s with my sorority sisters, and directly go to a professor for advice in a matter of 2 minutes compared to 2 bus rides.
AND THE PEOPLE!
I absolutely love the people. Although I was able to meet and become friends with so many more people, I really missed my people. If I could have it my way, I would have brought all my loved ones to England with me… but I guess it just made coming back to them even better! I forgot how much I missed having such a huge support system right at my fingertips, and now I don’t have to keep in mind a time difference.
As I am facing senior year head on, I realize that I need these amazing people in my life even more than I could have imagined. They help me handle my lack of sleep, exam prep, and everyday personal issues. As strange as it was to jump back into a place that I’ve been away from for so long, I feel like I could call it more of a “graceful leap back into a place I call home.”