#LutherGivesMe Student Stories

Matt Anderson, Luther College class of 2020

Matt Anderson '20

"I enjoyed choir in high school and being able to continue making music at Luther has really made me feel at home. I can expand myself across a lot of different activities while still staying on track with a political science major. This fall, I got to work on the presidential election with the Luther College Democrats which gave me the chance to make so many great connections with Decorah community members."

Matt is a political science major from Austin, Minnesota. He was given a voice scholarship for Luther and is currently part of Norsemen, Luther's first-year men' s choir. Matt thinks his experience at Luther has been unique because he is able to participate in choir and get involved in the election, all while pursuing a political science major. He plans to attend law school after graduating from Luther. As a lawyer, Matt will continue to use his voice and express himself just as he is learning to do at Luther College. Many Luther students like Matt are extremely active on campus and in the Decorah community. Your gift on March 9 during Luther Giving Day will continue to empower students in all of their academic and extracurricular pursuits. #luthergives17

Berit Breed, Luther College class of 2017

Berit Breed '17

"The biggest thing I will take away from the Luther experience is the fact that I get to explore so many sides of myself through the activities I'm involved in. I've learned how to become a leader and a team player, and stand up for what I believe in but also be open to other ideas. I think I've become a really well-rounded person by being here."

Berit is a communications major and Spanish minor from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She is involved in countless activities including Ballroom Dancing, Chi Theta Rho, KWLC radio station, Student Activities Council and choir. Her involvement in student organizations has allowed Berit to grow as a leader on campus and pursue her passions.   Donations to the annual fund have given Berit the opportunity to travel to conferences in Madison for SAC, go on choir tours, and dance at various Ballroom competitions throughout the Midwest. March 9 is your opportunity to give back to Luther College and enable students like Berit to have a unique, well-rounded experience.

Daniel Chavez, Luther College class of 2017

Daniel Chavez '17

"Something that sticks out to me as a student is the community aspect and the network of people connected through Luther College. I'm always impressed by the alumni who continue to give back, which encourages me to give back now as a current student."

Daniel is an accounting major from St. Charles, Minnesota. At Luther, Daniel is involved in PALS, Dance Marathon and football and gives tours to prospective students through the Admissions Office. Daniel loves giving tours in admissions because it gives him the chance to share about his amazing experience at Luther with prospective students. The PALS program connects Luther students with children in the Decorah community and gives them the opportunity to mentor and develop meaningful friendships. Your gifts during #luthergives17 will help to empower students like Daniel as they engage in the culture of philanthropy at Luther College.

Colin Eral, Luther College class of 2017

Colin Eral '17

"Luther was my first choice for college. I got a scholarship for voice, and that was the tipping point when I decided that this is where I want to be. In the past four years at Luther, I have developed an even greater appreciation for music and theater. The theater program has given me wonderful opportunities to pursue my dream of acting while still pursuing a major outside of the arts."

Colin is a management major from Hudson, Wisconsin. Throughout his Luther experience, Colin has been a member of four choirs; Norsemen, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate and Nordic Choir. In addition to singing at Luther, Colin has been in three theater productions on campus. This fall, Colin played "Olivia" in Luther's production of "Twelfth Night." With a strong background in the arts, Colin hopes to someday take his skills to Broadway after graduating from Luther this spring. On March 9, you have the opportunity to make a gift that will help students like Colin chase their dreams. #luthergives17

Taylor Gaide, Luther College class of 2018

Taylor Gaide '18

"Luther has been a unique experience because I have had the opportunity to play volleyball, pursue a teaching degree, participate in different clubs, have three work studies and study abroad all while still maintaining a social life."

Taylor is a math major and secondary education and German minor from Pueblo, Colorado. At Luther, she is involved in a program called Launching Luther Leaders that provides students with the opportunity to learn, develop and apply leadership skills, as well as reflect on the significance of leadership and service experiences across campus. She was able to apply these skills as a volleyball captain during the fall 2016 season. Next year brings many adventures for Taylor. She will spend the fall of 2017 student teaching in Colorado and Kentucky. In the Spring, Taylor will spend a semester in Münster, Germany as part of the Luther’s study abroad program. Not only has Taylor been able to experience two J-term practicums in the classroom, she also has grown professionally through her three work studies on campus. Taylor is a German tutor, grades math papers, and also works in the education department. All of these opportunities are possible as a result of gifts to the Annual Fund. Your participation on Giving Day 2017 helps empower students like Taylor to prepare for a meaningful career while still participating in sports, music and other activities on campus.

Mauriah Hernandez, Luther College class of 2018

Mauriah Hernandez '18

"My experience at Luther has taught me to speak up and not be the shy person that I usually am. Through the role I play in my sorority and the J-term internship I held this year, I now feel confident in my ability to engage with clients and staff in a professional, yet friendly way."

Mauriah is a health and fitness promotion major from Montrose, Colorado, actively involved in Luther's Tau Delta Gamma sorority. As part of Tau Delta Gamma, Mauriah has gone outside of her comfort zone as the Senior Pledge Trainer. This role involves recruiting first-year Luther students for the sorority, planning activities during pledge month, and serving as a friendly leader for sorority members in need of guidance or support. This past J-term, Mauriah applied the leadership skills she’s developed as Senior Pledge Trainer by completing a Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab internship at the hospital in her hometown. Once again, Mauriah was forced to step outside her comfort zone as she built relationships with many of the established staff members. Mauriah used the interpersonal skills developed through sorority recruitment to engage with the staff and interact with clients. Through #luthergives17, your gifts will help develop Luther students as leaders and enable more students like Mauriah to pursue professional opportunities that prepare them for life after Luther.

Everett Kohner, Luther College class of 2019

Everett Kohner '19

"I'm really excited to study nursing here and also at Mayo since Luther is known across the country for having such a reputable nursing program. I love that I am able to pursue a major I love while still being part of a sports team. I feel like I've really found where I belong as both a student-athlete in the nursing program and on the swim team."

Everett is a nursing major from Winona, Minnesota. As a Luther student-athlete, Everett has found success in the pool and the classroom. Next year, Everett will begin an intense, year-long program with the rest of Luther’s junior nursing students at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. This hands-on opportunity immerses students at a world class hospital and allows them to gain incredible professional experience prior to graduation. Before Everett trades in his speedo for scrubs, he will spend time in the classroom during an academically rigorous sophomore year. While preparing for a year at the Mayo Clinic, nursing students have a busy schedule between simulation labs and various nursing experiences in the Decorah community. Small class sizes of about five to 15 students allow for open discussions and a chance to build valuable relationships with professors. Through gifts to the Annual Fund, faculty are able to improve the academic experience of students on campus. On Luther Giving Day 2017, students will continue to feel the effects of your generous gifts.

Mutsawamwari Chris Makufa, Luther College class of 2019

Mutsawamwari Chris Makufa '19

"When I was at the United World College in Swaziland, I interviewed with a Luther representative. I wanted to go to a college that wasn't too big or deep in the city, I wanted a college where the professors would know who I am. Luther seemed to check all of the boxes. So I applied here, and they offered me the best scholarships out of all the other colleges I applied to. That's why I chose to attend Luther."

Mutsawamwari, or as classmates call him, "Mutsa," is an economics major from Mutare, Zimbabwe. Before coming to Luther, Mutsa attended high school at the United World College in Swaziland. Luther College has been a great fit for Mutsa because he has been able to develop himself through discovering the values, direction and disciplines he wants to concentrate on. He feels comfortable in the intimate setting that Luther has to offer, but not constricted by the smaller community. Luther is providing Mutsa the base he needs to build off of as he continues his journey in becoming an independent adult. Each year, almost every Luther student receives a scholarship. Scholarships enable students like Mutsa to focus on their studies and your gifts for #luthergives17 are extremely important for the continued growth of Luther students and the community.

Megan Rachuy, Luther College class of 2017

Megan Rachuy '17

"Luther has given me the opportunity to to discover a strong set of moral values that I’ve taken with me whether it be traveling within the United States, or abroad. Because Luther is a liberal arts college, I feel like I already have my foot in the door in so many different areas. As I go further along down the road, having a degree from Luther will open doors for me and help me stand out. I will be able to approach situations from different angles and feel confident to speak up about what I believe in."

Megan is an English major and linguistics minor from Marshalltown, Iowa. On campus, Megan is involved in Norse Knitters, Write On! and Tau Delta Gamma. Megan spent her junior year studying abroad in Nottingham, England and credits the program for instilling a sense of newfound confidence as she explored Europe with Luther classmates. The Nottingham program is based on community, similar to the Luther experience in Decorah. During the Nottingham program, students live together in a flat leased by the college and have the opportunity to be involved in a community service project of their choosing while taking classes at the University of Nottingham. More than 300 Luther students study abroad each year with many receiving scholarships that enable them to do so. Your gifts on March 9 help students like Megan pursue their passions both on campus and through the many study abroad programs that Luther offers.