About a year I ago I was a senior in high school and overly excited to graduate and come to Luther. One day, I was looking on the Luther website and I found the student blogs, like the one you are reading now. I read through a lot of the blogs and it made me even more excited to attend Luther. One blog post was a letter addressed to the Luther College class of 2020, and it has stuck in my mind ever since. I want to write a similiar post: my letter to the class of 2021, so here it is:
To the Luther College Class of 2021,
I am so excited to see you around campus next year. Some of you (like me) may be super excited to pack your belongings in a car and move into a small dorm room. Others may be nervous, scared, and anxious. Even though I was excited to come to college, I still had some anxiety. I worried about if I would get along with my roommate, if I would make friends, how hard my classes would be, and if I would fail. None of my worst-case scenarios ever happened, nothing came close. From changing my major to questioning what I know to be true, Luther has challenged me in ways I could not have imagined. I am so thankful for these challenges because they have made me the person I am today. While I have been at Luther I have been happier than I can remember being in high school, but there have also been days when it has not been easy and I have wanted to give up and go home. I am so glad that I pushed through and stayed at Luther because now I have more friends than I ever dreamed of. I have grown so close to so many people in such a short amount of time. Normally it takes me awhile to get to know someone and become close friends with them; at Luther the process happened at lightning speed.
My biggest piece of advice to you is to be yourself. When you are yourself and you let people see who you are, you connect with them faster. You connect with them on a deeper level and make more meaningful friendships. Being yourself means being honest, and honesty goes a long way in making a roommate relationship work. The Luther community is diverse and accepting and you can find people similar to you if you let us see who you are. All of my closest friendships at Luther formed because I was myself around people I did not know very well. Being your complete self is a freeing and beautiful experience.
I cannot wait to see what talents and personalities your class brings to the Luther community. Even though coming to college and being on your own can be scary (and expensive), the education and experiences you gain are worth it. It is scary to be yourself, especially around people you have never met, but the one thing that I think has impacted my experience at Luther the most is that I have been myself through every moment. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in the fall!