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We want to take a moment to clarify this piece is intended to highlight the specific experiences and grief of seniors at Luther College and beyond. We recognize the health, safety and struggles of all people, especially the marginalized, oppressed, or vulnerable in our country and globally is the most important priority amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The intention of our reflections is not to draw attention away from that priority, but to acknowledge some of the emotions experienced by Luther College seniors at this time.

One of the best decisions I have ever made was the decision to attend Luther College. I vividly remember applying to Luther and I remember the exact day I was accepted. When I started classes on campus, I never knew how special this place would be to me. I admired all my friends, staff, and faculty members. The Luther community was there for me on my first day and little did I know that they would always be there for me.

On March 20, 2020, Luther made the decision to extend distance learning to the end of the semester. To say I was devastated would be an understatement. As a senior, this was my last semester and I was not ready to say goodbye. At all. I did not know that my last day of work, last day of in-person classes, and the last day I got to live with my friends had already happened. I was expecting all of my “lasts” to take place in May, not March. I am grieving over the loss of precious lives due to COVID-19. I am grieving my senior year and commencement. I am grieving what should have been, but what was not meant to be. I am grieving, and that is okay. I can agonize and be upset, but also be understanding. We live in such an uncertain time period. I am allowed to feel upset, but I also can recognize that distance learning is for the best.

As I am mourning this sudden chapter close in my life, I am again reminded how special the Luther community really is. My alumni friends reached out to me and shared their empathy. Some of my professors and staff members also reached out to see how I was doing. One of my good friends, Alex Streitz, class of 2019, sent me this message: “I am really sorry everything had to end this way, you made Luther amazing and I’m here to talk through anything you need to at any time. This is an awful time, but know that you still have your whole Luther community behind you no matter what.” He is absolutely correct. The Luther community has been there for me during all my highs and lows of college. The Luther community cares for you, looks after you, and makes sure you are doing your best. The Luther community is so special. No matter where you are in the world, the Luther community is/will always be behind you. How amazing is that? To always have a group of people committed to you and your growth? I am so proud to be a future Luther alum.

My senior year ended terribly, but in approximately a month I will permanently become a member of the Luther community and nothing can take that away from me.

Right now we live in such an uncertain time. It is up to the American public to stay home and solve this crisis as a community. We must all stop the spread and adjust our daily lifestyles. No one is going through this pandemic alone. We are going through this as a community and that is the only way we will be able to solve this. I know the Luther family is doing its best to adjust and stop the spread and I hope others around this nation and the world are also doing their best to solve this issue as a community.

Senior Jefferson housemates from right to left: Lauren, Bailey, Maddie, Emma, Kristen, Asha, and Laura.

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Comments

  • May 7 2020 at 12:15 pm
    Carly Hayden Foster

    Thank you so much for sharing this Asha. I am so glad you chose to be part of this community! Promise to stay in touch with us as you go on to do amazing things after graduation!! 

  • May 12 2020 at 12:07 pm
    Holly Moore

    It's been so wonderful to watch you learn and teach, grow and thrive here at Luther. We are going to miss your tenacious truth-telling and your infectious laughter. Congratulations on your impending graduation, and keep coming back--we'll always be your Luther family! 

  • May 19 2020 at 12:50 pm
    Ashalul Aden

    Thank you for your kind words and well wishes Dr. Foster and Dr. Moore! I will always stay in touch and connected with my Luther family! I hope you two have a fantastic summer. 

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