I hope you’re having a fantastic week! Things are going really well here at Luther. I learned last night that I have been re-hired as a resident assistant (RA) for next year, so I’m super excited about that! I’ll be in Larsen Hall again, which makes me very happy, since it’s my favorite dorm on campus.
Larsen, in my opinion, is one of the best-kept secrets at Luther. Since the hall is also home to the Center for Global Learning, Health Services, Counseling Services, and an academic classroom, the residential part of the building is often forgotten. But it’s the most beautiful place to live on campus, with genuine hardwood floors, extremely high ceilings, large windows, cheery yellow paint, and cozy antique radiators. Plus, it’s a pretty tight-knit community, since it houses only 145 students, compared to the 735 that live in the Towers (Miller and Dieseth). It’s a pretty quiet place to live, which I enjoy, and we supposedly have our own resident ghost, Gertrude, who landed Larsen in a book called Haunted Places: The National Directory by Dennis William Hauk!
But you really have to SEE Larsen to know why it’s such a great place to be. That’s why, for today’s post, I’m doing a Larsen Hall dorm tour!
First, I’ll show you my room! Here it is:
And this is the view of the bluffs from my window, which is even prettier in the summer and fall:
My room is a single, but Larsen is also home to double and triple rooms. The triples are especially large. Each room has a loft-able/bunk-able bed, a desk, and built-in bookshelves and wardrobes. Some rooms also have a built-in dresser, while others have dressers you can move around.
This is what my hallway looks like:
Each wing has a drinking fountain and a bathroom as well, so there are two of each on every floor. Today, when I walked into the bathroom, the mirror was covered in colorful sticky notes with positive messages written on them. It made my day!
We also have several lounges in Larsen. Our big lounge is just inside the main entrance and has couches, a table, and vending machines. The Service Center is also in the main lounge.
When you first walk into the lounge from the main doors, you are greeted by the word "HAPPY" printed in the glass above the entryway. Apparently this was permanently stained onto the glass by an old holiday decoration, but I think it suits the atmosphere of Larsen very well.
Our other lounge is a study lounge with several long tables, two computers, and the dorm printer.
On the same floor, we have the Larsen classroom, which is used for a variety of classes and also for dorm programs coordinated by the RAs.
Right across the hall from the classroom is the Center for Global Learning, which is filled with really nice people who are super amazing at helping students through the process of studying abroad.
Our laundry room is down on the ground floor, with three washing machines and four dryers. Unlike in Brandt Hall, I have never encountered competition for the laundry machines. Then again, I tend to do my laundry between 11pm and 2am when I have duty on the weekends. For some reason, that’s not a very popular laundry time.
We also have a delightful kitchen with a sink, a stove, a refrigerator, spices, and other cooking supplies. The service center has additional cooking pans and utensils residents can borrow.
And those are the main parts of Larsen Hall that I’ve frequented while living here!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of Larsen! It really is a wonderfully charming place to live, and I love imagining all the students who have lived here since the dorm was first opened in 1907. If you have any questions about living in Larsen or about the residence halls in general, feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll be sure to get back to you!
Until next time,