Thanks to you MSUM.

I never tire of the fact that life never allows us to go bored for too long. We are never left to think that our days are mundane.

This morning after my first class I was walking in the hallway to get a Diet Coke. As I passed the mass comm lounge the chair of the department was walking into his office. He saw me and stopped.

"I'm sorry about your dad," he said.

He wished me well in getting to England someday and thanked me for helping out with tutoring a student (I was originally going to be in England this semester; I'm helping a Japanese student out with some reporting.)

Now, I'm from Gackle. College was a very impersonal jolt into reality. No one knew me or really cared to know me when I first got here. Now that I am older I have either become even more comfortable with who I am or I have just relaxed and found my own way. I now say "hi" to people in the halls and my professors have become more human.

But to be able to walk down the hall of a college building and have a professor stop me and talk to me about this personal thing is this amazing blessing. And I'm not so sure that one could get that anywhere else.

I always struggled with where I was supposed to go to college. I always assumed NDSU was where I'd be. But throughout it all, MSUM was the only choice that sat right with me. The support I've felt here and the friends I've made - Jackie, my love; my professors - Deneen and Camila and all the others that have been concerned for me; I simply couldn't ask for anything else.

So I guess this is a thank you to everyone here. The personal, familiar, homey feeling that has become Flora Frick and this mass comm lounge. It's almost as familiar as the halls of Gackle-Streeter high school became.

As I've said before, I'll say again:
I am so Blessed.

Here is a song for you today:

Shadow on the Wall - Brandi Carlile

Humble Me - Norah Jones


  1. you are just so amazing Erica and you'll be an amazing writer.
    I'd love to work with you one day...if you're ever in need of a photojournalist...

  2. Flora Frick is so comforting. I don't know what it is... but I feel it too. You're wonderful. So is our faculty and classmates (well... most of them). Love you girl. Beautiful photo by the way.

  3. Melissa - I just might need a photojournalist. I'm doing some stories right now that need photos, and I'm horrible at taking them as you saw in photojournalism class :P

    Isnt that true? Flora Frick is one of my favorite places on campus by far.

  4. The thing I love most about MSUM is that teachers get to TEACH and KNOW their students as human beings. That's the blessing of the culture of this place ... it's something I didn't experience teaching at NDSU.

    (I'm spending my lunch time reading your writings. Your words sound like how I imagine your soul to be if you spoke more. How nice to see it verbalized this way.)