My Trip to MLS - by Julia Norcross

A 7th grader's perspective on one of our national high schools...

Michigan Lutheran Seminary is a college prep high school run by our national church body in Saginaw, Michigan. This February, a number of our 7th and 8th graders went to visit to see the school and get a feel for what it would be like to be a student there. 7th grader Julia Norcross (a member of Faith) reports...

As some of you might know, I went to Michigan Lutheran Seminary (MLS) with Pastor Schroeder and a few of my Confirmation classmates. This was my first plane ride. I got to view Atlanta from my airplane window and see big, white puffy clouds that, until then, I have seen only from the ground. My trip was filled with wonderful adventures which included some time at an indoor water park, snow sledding, time worshiping the Lord, and experiencing a day as a MLS student.

On our first morning we went to Saint Paul’s Church to worship. The church was so beautiful and big -bigger than Faith Lutheran! It has stained glass windows and a beautiful sculpture of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. I remember the service like it was yesterday. The sermon was about Elisha and Elijah and what God did for those two brave men.

For the next two days, we woke up at 6:20 a.m. for school. Breakfast was served at 7:30 and the school day started shortly after. We each had a MLS student guide us around during their school day. As a current seventh grader, I learned quite a bit in each of the high school level courses I attended, which included Math and English. I attended a class in which students had to give presentations involving food. This was exciting since we got to sample some of the food on display.

I learned that MLS students not only attend church on Sunday, they also attend chapel twice a day during the school week. I also learned that students who don’t live locally stay in the dorms. I felt like I was away at college while staying at the dorms. Another interesting fact: I learned that the students can arrange the dorm furniture at least 60 different ways. Now that is pretty cool.

The students and staff at MLS not only gave us a look into their educational system, but they also showed us how to have a good time as well. On Monday, we went to an indoor water park and snow sledding on Tuesday. We had so much fun. I went on a slide that drops you down about ten feet to the water. Even though the temperature was in the negatives, we went out for ice cream. Wow, swimming and ice cream in frozen Michigan. Who would have thought such a thing?

I had a great deal of fun and excitement meeting new people, exploring Michigan and MLS, attending two basketball games, and more. To me, this trip rates as the best place I have visited in my life. In two years I hope to go to MLS again to become a Michigan Lutheran Seminary Cardinal.

Julia in the MLS Science Lab

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