Starting Life at Luther


My name is Jillian, and I am a first year here at Luther College. I moved in back in August, and I already LOVE it here! There are so many great people and fun activities to do. Everything has exceeded my expectations, and I can’t wait to see what the next four years will bring!

That’s why I’m super excited to be documenting my collegiate adventures in this blog, so you can see what it’s like to be a Luther student from someone who is really there.

But where to begin? I suppose the best place to start is the first day I arrived.

While I expected move-in day to be both hectic and sweaty, I was amazed when my family drove up to Brandt Hall (my dormitory) and was instantly surrounded by a crew of returning Luther students called the Norse Force, which carried all my belongings from our car to my room in about five minutes flat! Talk about an easy transition!

After I unpacked, there was lots to do, including picking up textbooks at the book store, eating lunch, and saying good-bye to my family. Now, good-byes are always a bittersweet and somewhat sniffle-y affair, but after the families were gone, Orientation began, and then there was absolutely no time to be sad, because there was SO MUCH GOING ON.

And it was AWESOME.

The next few days were an complete whirlwind of floor meetings and tours and friend-making and square dancing and forgetting people’s names and social events and performances and meeting with advisers and a bazillion other activities. And while it may sound busy (because it was), it was a happy sort of busy. There was and continues to be an enormous amount of support from the RA’s and the fellow students that makes you realize that even though college is a major change, it’s going to be just fine.

Of all the Orientation activities, my favorites were definitely an improv performance by Comedy Sportz and an event called Desserts in Decorah, in which we went to professors’ homes around the community for dessert and conversation. But honestly, there were so many amazing activities going on – ballroom dancing, an activities fair, information sessions, worship opportunities of all kinds, yoga classes, sports, clubs – the list goes on and on. And that was only the first week!

Since then, I’ve joined the competitive ballroom dancing team and PALs, a club which partners Luther students with children from the Decorah community for events and fun. When I have time, I also love to go to the student-run Zumba classes and the many concerts and performances that Luther puts on. There is always something to do here, and I’ve really enjoyed that tremendously.

But aside from all the activities, I’ve also loved Luther because of the incredibly friendly atmosphere. People here say hello to each other; they open doors for each other; they give me directions when I can’t find the stairs to the fourth floor of Main. During my second week, I visited a professor in her office about a homework question, and she immediately invited me in and offered me a chair. People’s doors are always open, and they always welcome you with a smile. It’s a great feeling.

Overall, I’ve loved my first weeks at Luther, and I’m looking forward to spending many more here. After all the craziness that was searching for colleges, I am happy to say that I found the right place for me. I couldn’t have imagined a better beginning to my college career.

And on that note, I will bid you adieu!  Have an excellent week!


This is me in my dorm room on my first day at Luther :)

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