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Monday, April 15, 2013

Welcome to the Dorm Jungle!

Rick really represented all that I had been before I got to college. My world revolved around high school sports. Steve represented the musical world my life would come to revolve around through my college years. 


Things change at college. Your world changes. Often that’s good.





Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Learning: What's My Worldview?

Welcome to the Dorm Jungle!

By Evan Nehring

Some incoming freshmen may have a say in who they room with in the dorms. Me? I just drove from another country, remember? I knew two people in downtown Minneapolis: my sister and her friend. So I would be assigned a room by the college.

Photo Credit: By Alton (self-made, own picture) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

My First Roomies

As it turned out, my roommates were good, fun-loving, God-loving, responsible guys. Rick Viotto was a sophomore from Menasha, Wisconsin. He played basketball in high school so we had that in common right away. Stephen Piper was a trombone player from Center Point, Iowa. We would have more in common than I realized.

Rick really represented all that I had been before I got to college. My world revolved around high school sports. Steve represented the musical world my life would come to revolve around through my college years. There were tryouts for the basketball team: 3-on-3 for a 90 minutes and then the coach posted his team. I was teamed up with an All American, Brad Davis, and had a fantastic workout. I still believe the coach’s list was made before we started.

I took my leather Wilson Jet basketball down to the open gym that night and had the two best dunks I’ve ever done in my life. I was ticked.

Two Dunks and a Jazz Combo

I tried out as bass player for the Praise Band, a twenty piece jazz ensemble. I made it, along with Steve, and just like that my world swung from sports to music.

Speaking of music, my roomies had a great stereo, as well as a fridge and microwave. We all had cafeteria plans, but you never know when you’ll want to heat up a burrito!

The guys on Carlson Hall’s 4-West floor were great. Pete Drake was my R.A. for a semester until I got shuffled to 4-East. Pete was a godly example and friend. He organized his time so there would be time for the guys. Life in the dorms started well.

Things change at college. Your world changes. Often that’s good.

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