Duluth and the Meaning of Home – by Joseph Ehrich. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports
Via Wikipedia: Randen Pederson from Superior – Middletown Arrives at Dusk, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duluth,_Minnesota
Being in Duluth has been the highlight of my life because it has given me the joys and thrills of a big city. This city lies upon Lake Superior in all its glory where the endless sea of blue goes beyond the horizon and adds a sense of mystery to the beholder. Duluth offers the aspects of living the big city life while also being close to nature where beautiful state parks like Gooseberry and Tettegouche allow visitors to experience the wonders of nature. This mix makes the city of Duluth unique and it holds the spirit of adventure for the inhabitants who live here. As a little kid, my parents would drive me up to Duluth and I would jump with joy in the backseat of the car. Once we got into Duluth, my breath would be taken away as I witnessed the majestic presence of Lake Superior. Along the shoreline lay a beautiful historic city that represents the best of Northern Minnesota.
For me, Duluth is now my home as it gives me the joy and the excitement that I have desired for most of my life. Duluth is a big city but is small enough that you can explore most of the city in a few days and it is very hard to get lost. If you ever get lost, you can always guide yourself by looking at Lake Superior or go up the hill to find your location. My parents’ house in Stacy is still also my home as my parents and siblings still live there. I am always welcome home in Stacy if something unexpected happens, and my loved ones will always make me feel I belonged. The College of St. Scholastica is the basis of my home currently, where I can go study in the library for hours at a time and hang out with my friends who accept me for who I am. Overall, my idea of home has changed since I came up here to Duluth for college. Because of my education I have become more knowledgeable of the world around me and have met amazing people on campus.
Even to this day, I am still struck by the sight of Lake Superior in all of its wondrous glory. Duluth has always felt like my home even though I live two and a half hours south of it. Growing up, Duluth always allowed me to feel happy or adventurous and it allowed me to get away from the problems of the world. My favorite part of Duluth is walking along the breakwater and observing the historic part of Canal Park, which is rich in history and character. For me, home is where you are allowed to be the person that you desire to be without the fear of being judged. Feeling free and outgoing in a place which gives you joy is the definition of home. Growing up, I always felt more at home in Duluth than I did in my hometown of Stacy, which offered very little to do. Duluth offers the prospects of freedom, the great outdoors, and represents the unique culture of Minnesota. The city of Duluth has played such a big part of my life that it made me decide to come St. Scholastica where I would be able to enjoy Duluth and the wonders of college.
Joseph Ehrich is a Nursing major currently enrolled in Professor Liang’s upper division research intensive Global Human Rights course. He submitted this essay in response to an earlier NSR article about Duluth and the meaning of home, at https://northstarreports.org/2018/09/26/duluth-beauty-gratitude-and-the-meaning-of-home-by-rachel-weyenberg-the-north-star-reports-global-citizenship-and-digital-literacy-at-northstarreports-org-and-facebook-com-northstarrep/
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