I hope you’re having a great week! Things are just peachy here at Luther. The weather has been gorgeous, with warm sun and blue skies. This has been conducive to window opening, leisurely walks, Frisbee tossing, as well as general happiness.
Perhaps because of this lovely weather, I have also seen a lot of prospective students touring campus lately. Seeing them visit campus for the first time inevitably reminds me of my own visit to Luther as a prospie.
My first tour was an amazing experience and had a huge impact on my college decision. However, looking back over two years later, I realize that my tour– as fantastic as it was– did not show me everything I have come to love about Luther. There is so much more to the college that I didn’t see, and that I couldn’t have seen without becoming a Luther student myself.
That’s why, for today’s post, I’m going to describe things that cannot be observed on a typical prospective student visit day– aspects of Luther that I have come to appreciate gradually and increasingly over the course of my time here. So, without further ado, here’s my list:
Things You Won’t See on Your Tour at Luther
1) Random Fortuitous Encounters with Friends
One of my favorite things about going to Luther is that I run into my friends everywhere I go, which leads to spontaneous conversations and excellent adventures! Just today, as I was taking out my garbage, I ran into a friend who invited me to go on a walk; we visited the river and had a fantastic time. Casual, happy encounters like these weren’t on my mind as a prospective student, but they have become one of my favorite parts of living here.
2) The Dormitories as a Home
Although the dormitories are definitely on the campus tours, and many prospective students do overnight stays with current students, it is difficult to imagine a dorm being “home” after a single visit. But now that I’ve lived in the residence halls for awhile, I can say that they really do feel like a second home. You know the other people on your floor; you have silly conversations in the bathroom while you brush your teeth. It stops feeling like a hotel or a permanent slumber party very soon...and then it just feels awesome.
3) The Caf Employees as Great Friends
As a prospie, I did enjoy several meals in the cafeteria. But over my time here at Luther, I’ve gotten to know three especially wonderful women who work in the Caf – Lisa, Kayla, and Cathy – who go out of their way to say hello to me and get to know me better. When I see them at meals or pass them on the sidewalk, they will stop and ask me about my family and my semester. They are such great people, and, before attending Luther, I couldn’t have imagined these wonderful friends.
3) Luther as a Part of Decorah and the Oneota Valley
Touring Luther gives a really great sense of what life on campus is like. But the tour will only show you the highlights. You probably won’t walk through Hickory Ridge Woods or to Lindeman Pond. And you also won’t tour the surrounding community– the adorable downtown, the Ice Cave, the hiking trails– that Luther is a part of. Decorah and the Oneota Valley are such an important piece of Luther’s identity, and it’s a piece you only get a glimpse of as a prospective student.
4) Professors Who Never Forget You
As a prospie, I was struck at the kindness and passion of the professors I met. However, I now realize as a student that they go above and beyond my initial impression. Professors I haven’t had since last year still give me hugs when I see them, remember the tiniest details about me (that I love bagels, for example), and want to know what I am doing now. It is one of the best feelings.
So those are some of the things you probably won’t see on your tour of Luther but which I have found especially fantastic about my experience here! I hope you find them helpful!
And with that, I will conclude this blog post (my 50th! Woohoo!) and head to bed. I hope you have a marvelous rest of your week!