Senior Salute 2014 - Martin Lukk
“This place will be what you make of it, but if you're willing to put in the love and labor, you'll find that it can be something really special.”
Pursuing dual majors in philosophy and sociology, Martin Lukk has made the most of his time at Wittenberg.
“I happened to take courses in each of these departments during my first year—in one case because my friends were taking the class, in the other because the class I really wanted to take had filled,” Lukk recalls. “Eventually, I had the realization that I couldn't imagine majoring in anything else.”
Lukk’s accomplishments during his time at Wittenberg are numerous, including presenting at several undergraduate research conferences. Most recently, his paper, “Bearing Witness and the Limits of War Photojournalism: Ron Haviv in Biljeljina,” which he co-authored with Professor Keith Doubt and presented at the Human Rights Conference at the University of Dayton has been accepted from publication in the Human Rights Quarterly.
Hailing from Tallinn, Estonia, Lukk says the accomplishment he’s most proud of from his time at Wittenberg include: “Growing up; Getting to know this country, this state, this county, this city in ways that people back home rarely get to; Seeing myself as part of something bigger. I think it's true: we're not all that different at the end of the day.”
Following Commencement, Lukk will pursue a Master's degree in sociology at the University of Toronto.
As he reflects on sources of inspiration at Wittenberg, Lukk lists: “My professors, too many to name, who took me seriously, and showed me that education can and should happen outside the classroom as much as within it—and that we shouldn't keep what we learn to ourselves! Being treated with hospitality, like a colleague, friend, and someone whose contributions matter have had a lasting effect on what I do. Also, the legendary reading group ‘Nietzsche at Happy Hour.’”
His advice for future students: “This place will be what you make of it, but if you're willing to put in the love and labor, you'll find that it can be something really special.”