With summer within three days of my grasp, it is safe to say that I have survived the final stretch. Sure I still have four finals to take, but all the paper writing, project planning, and final studying (all the actual work) is done. Now my attention has shifted to cleaning up, packing up and summer planning.
While I am beyond excited to see my family and all my friends, and I cannot wait to drive off to Maine, live on the lake, and work on an apple orchard all summer, I can’t help feeling a little sad at the thought of leaving Decorah and all my new friends. If I’m being perfectly honest, there are things I certainly won’t miss, like actual school work and eating in the Caf. But for every thing I won’t miss, there are 10 things I will miss—like walking to the Co-op with my friends for dinner and studying out in the commons area or in my hammock
So before I close the books on this year, I am making it a priority to just enjoy my time in Decorah, the beautiful weather, and the community at Luther. There have definitely been a lot of ups and downs inherent in the transition but overall it has been a great school year.
Here are the Top 10 Highlights (In no particular order of importance) of the 2015-2016 School Year
1. The Oneota Co-op
When I first visited Luther and stopped at the Co-op for lunch, I instantly knew that if I did end up going to Luther, than the grocery store/cafe would be one of my main stomping grounds. With my college-student budget to keep me in check, the co-op has become a weekly retreat from the dullness of the Caf.
2. My roommates Hannah and Erin
Having suffered and bonded through a rough first semester with another roommate in our triple, Hannah and I have gotten even closer this spring semester. Plus we’ve essentially adopted our floormate Erin, who we consider our honorary roomie.
I purchased my Eno this time last year, yet I had no idea just how prevalent hammocking is in college. While more conducive to napping, then studying, I always find spare time to go “mocking” as the kids these days call it.
4. Sustainability Work Study
Working in the Luther Gardens and in Caf to Community have been two of the most rewarding experiences this year. I’ve met some of the coolest people and am eternally grateful for never having to work in the Caf or custodial like most first-years are forced to do.
5. Outdoor Rec Adventures
From canoeing and skydiving in the fall, to camping and whitewater rafting in the spring, I’ve really enjoyed exploring Decorah and the surrounding Driftless Region.
6. Sunday masses with the Catholic Student Community
From morning to masses at St. Ben’s to masses at Father Phil’s house, I have truly enjoyed being part of such a wonderful family. While 7-year old me dreaded going to mass every Sunday, 19 year old me is very grateful to be part of such a great community of people.
7. The College Class Schedule
Having 4-5 hours of class a day versus 7 straight hours makes school a little easier to get through. Plus I usually can squeeze in a nap ;)
From the beautiful running trails in Dunning Springs and beyond, to the downtown stores and restaurants, Decorah is the perfect mix of people and the outdoors.
9.Super Cool Professors
I’ve been fortunate enough to have some pretty cool professors during my first year at Luther including Storm Bailey, Erik Baack, Jon Jensen, and Pete Russella.
10. The Community at Luther
Time and time again I have been struck by just how close-knit the community and Luther and the greater Decorah area is. I’ve gotten pretty close to some some pretty amazing students and faculty and I am looking forward to being part of such a great community.