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Hello! My name’s Jasmine Lara, but most people call me Jazzy.

If I miraculously stick on my current career path, when I graduate from Concordia I will have a major in Social Work and Spanish, along with a minor in Psychology. Before I came to Concordia, I called Litchfield, Minnesota my home.

I’m a first generation Cobber, and the first to go to college in my family in general! Needless to say, I’m pretty proud of myself ☺. Because of this, I’m not taking my time here at Concordia for granted. Currently I’m involved in Hall Council, Homecoming Committee, and Echo Band, along with working for Dining Services and Maurices in West Fargo.

In my spare time, I like to lounge around with my friends and explore the wonderful place we call Fargo-Moorhead. On weekends you’ll often find me with my friends, whether it’s hanging out in one of their rooms, or at Kroll’s diner chowing down on one of their awesome milkshakes.

Concordia has brought me many new opportunities, some that I have yet to even figure out. Until I figure them out though, I’m just going to enjoy my time here—in my opinion, there’s nothing better than being a Cobber!

Jasmine Lara

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Posted in Jasmine Lara on October 7th, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

With everything going on with Homecoming this week, I don’t really need to say that this week is more than a

The King and Queen's stage was absolutely beautiful during Coronation!

The King and Queen’s stage was absolutely beautiful during Coronation!

little chaotic for me. Homecoming is by far one of my favorite weeks during the year and I can’t BEGIN to try and explain how excited I am for the rest of this week’s events to unfold. As Kelsey mentioned in her blog

earlier today, Coronation started off our week yesterday and went by without a hitch. She and Mark did a fantastic job putting on the event, and their countless hours of hard work really paid off!

On top of my responsibilities with Homecoming this week, it’s also a pretty chaotic week with my life as an RA. Life with a lot of commitments can be really overwhelming and sometimes I forget that life happens, whether I want it to or not. I could forget about an assignment I’ve got due in two days or I could find $20 in my jeans pocket when I’m doing my laundry. I might not be able to sit and gab with my friends at lunch, but I might get the chance to make new relationships and connections at a meeting.

Admittedly, it was kind of a rough day for me. But the awesome thing about being at Concordia is that rough days never last for long. My staff meetings for ResLife are on Tuesdays, and something we like to do is pass a

This is Jack! He'll make for a nice friend for the next week :) He gets a new accessory added to his person by each staff member each week. He's got a pretty kickin' style!

This is Jack! He’ll make for a nice friend for the next week 🙂 He gets a new accessory added to his person by each staff member each week. He’s got a pretty kickin’ style!

Staff Appreciation item to a new member each week. When the staff member is given the item, we tell the person why they’re important to us, whether it be as a coworker or as a person.

Our appreciation item in Hoyum is a lovely elephant named Jack, and for the next week Jack is going to be living with me! It was a nice surprise. It was also a really good lesson for me because I don’t take compliments

well, so listening to my staff tell me why they think I’m cool helped me in more ways than one. Sometimes the only thing a person needs is to be told that they’re appreciated, so from here on out, no matter what life throws at me, I’m going to try and remember two things: 1. I’m appreciated and 2. Life happens, and the best thing I can do is to go along for the ride, because more often than not, it’ll make some of the best memories.

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The Upside of the Down

Posted in Jasmine Lara on September 23rd, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

 

Yesterday, Timehop told me that I'd been accepted into Concordia three years ago. Thus far, it's the best decision I've ever made.

Yesterday, Timehop told me that I’d been accepted into Concordia three years ago. Thus far, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

Though it’s only Tuesday, this week has been pretty eventful already. With class being about a month in, life in our classes is getting pretty intense. I’ve had tests, been assigned papers, group projects, reflections; you name it, I’ve probably had to do it at this point in the game. Making class a priority while juggling ResLife and Homecoming commitments can be kind of hectic sometimes and, I’ll be honest, it can get really stressful.

When things start to get crazy, I like to take a step back and think of why I’m doing what I’m doing and I think of ways that I can make it better for myself. Here’s a couple reasons I’m happy to have things to be stressed about:

1. I’m in classes that I not only enjoy, but that challenge me every time I walk into the classroom. In high school, there were definitely those classes that I dreaded taking and would do anything to avoid going to them. Here at Concordia, even if it’s not a class that I’m particularly excited about or skilled in (like math, for example), I know I’m going to walk in and be challenged in ways that benefit me rather than tear me down. Right now, my favorite class has got to be my Persuasion class. It’s very theory based, which causes a lot of discussion and potentially a lot of “arguments”. When people think of an argument, they usually assume a negative connotation. I’ve never walked into my Persuasion class dreading the conversation; things may get heated because we’re all very interested in the topic, but it’s always a progressive argument rather than a detrimental one. I’ve never left that class with a straight answer, either, but I’ve never before found myself so engaged in a class.

2. I’m learning a whole lot of time management skills. Admittedly, last year I wasn’t so great at budgeting my time and making sure that I had a handle on my prior commitments before I took on new ones. I would find something I was interested in and

I GET MY COBBER RING IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!

I GET MY COBBER RING IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!

immediately say “Great, sign me up!” rather than think about how much I already had on my plate. This year, I understand a lot more of what I can handle and what I can’t, making me more willing and able to say no.

3. There’s great traditions here at Concordia and sometimes I can’t even believe how much pride runs through the people that go here. As Kelsey mentioned in her blog post earlier today, Cobber Ring Days have arrived for Juniors and Seniors! It’s an exciting time 🙂 . The Cobber Ring holds an extremely strong tradition here at Concordia. They’re the Cobber way of signifying that we’re part of the family. I ordered my ring yesterday, and I’m already counting down the days until it arrives! Keep a look out for posts around November 14th–that’s the day we we’re all waiting for!

 

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The Start of Symposium

Posted in Jasmine Lara on September 16th, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

2014-09-16 16.37.39Something awesome about Concordia that I have yet to see anywhere else is this thing we do called Symposium. Symposium is a two day event we have where we focus on a major topic or issue that is currently happening in the world. My freshman year we discussed genocide and the impact it had on the world whether we were directly involved with it or not. Last year we delved into the concept of happiness and what it means to different people. This year, we’re focusing on Sustainability and how we can impact the world simply by changing our lifestyle a little bit.

The symposium started tonight with an opening session and a couple other speakers. Some of my friends and I went to a speaker, Su Legatt, who spoke about art, it’s impact on how we feel, and how art can take a sustainable stance in the world. She first started out by telling us some history of art and how certain movements made an impact. One that specifically stood out to me was how art and the feminist movement worked together and made an impact. I consider myself a feminist and to combine that with my strong interest in art

One of the Guerrilla Girl's posters. I absolutely love what they stand for!

One of the Guerrilla Girl’s posters. I absolutely love what they stand for!

instantly caught my attention. She mentioned the Guerrilla Girls, a feminist group of anonymous women that was created in the 1980s. They would speak up about free rights for women, but whenever they went and spoke, they would wear a gorilla mask to keep their identity a secret, making them that much more able to actually speak their mind freely.

But, how does Su tie in to sustainability? Well, Su, two other local artists, and two Concordia students are currently working on

a project that will be up right here in Fargo-Moorhead. They’re recreating Woodland Park and rebuilding it with sculptures, new flowers, the whole thing. But the cool part about it is the significance of the flowers. Since Su focuses a lot on other people’s  stories in her work, she asked people to send in flowers that had a significance in their life. Each flower/sculpture is going to have a QR code on it’s display where visitors can scan the code with their phone and hear the person’s story right from the Cloud. It’s not supposed to open until next spring, but I am already SO excited to see how it turns out!

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Homecoming at Cobber Expo!

Posted in Jasmine Lara on September 7th, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
The rest of the exec team and I can't wait for what Homecoming 2014 will bring!

The rest of the exec team and I can’t wait for what Homecoming 2014 will bring!

Cobber Expo is one of my favorite events on campus. At Cobber Expo, all the student organizations get a table

and try to recruit people to join their clubs, volunteer, or just sign up for more info.

Coming to Concordia, I knew there would be a lot of opportunities for me to be involved in different things. It was one of the reasons I ended up joining everyone on this beautiful campus. What I didn’t realize, though, was how much variety there is within all those organizations.

At the Cobber Expo, I of course was representing Homecoming. Surrounding our tables there was the Foam Weapons Fighting Club and Concordia Theatre. Farther down the way there was the Hockey club and a table to learn more about Justice Journeys. In total, I

If this photo of our Frosh Frolics Committee leaders doesn't tell you how great the show this year is going to be this year, then I don't know what will!

If this photo of our Frosh Frolics Committee leaders doesn’t tell you how great the show this year is going to be this year, then I don’t know what will!

think there’s about 160 different student organizations on campus and the awesome thing is, you can do them all (but I wouldn’t suggest doing them all at once).

Another reason I love the Cobber Expo is all the energy surrounding the event. There’s so many happy people at the event, and all of those people are trying to tell you what they love about their organization loud enough so that you can join them too. I don’t know how many times I screamed “Sign up for Homecoming Subcommittees!” or how many Freshman I tried to get to audition for Frosh Frolics, our freshman talent show. What’s even better is that everyone else on the committee got so involved as well. We had a Photo Booth with Kernel Cob, our mascot, we had music playing, and we were having an all around good time.

I can’t wait to see what this year will hold for the student organizations!

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The Start of a New Beginning

Posted in Jasmine Lara on August 27th, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

If I were to say that the past three weeks have been a breeze, I would be lying.

If I were to say that the past three weeks weren’t worthwhile, I would also be lying.

I just spent the past three weeks sitting through training to get ready for move in day this last Sunday. As part

Club 17 will always have a spot in my life!

Club 17 will always have a spot in my life!

of the Fall Training Committee, I would like to say that that training was enough. But in reality, you don’t know how much you’ll need to know come Move In Day. On Move In Day, I had 27 girls move onto my floor, and the past three days have been so great getting to know them. It’s so hard to believe that it was only two years ago that I was in their same position.

I remember being absolutely terrified.

I remember feeling excited.

I remember sitting with my club playing yet another ice breaker, my beanie barely resting on my head and listening to my OLs tell me that my clubbies would be some of the greatest friends of my life. Back then, all I could think was “There is no way ON THIS GREEN EARTH that these people are going to be my friends.”

Of course, at the end of those 3 days, I would come to realize how wrong I was. I still call some of Club 17 my greatest friends (CLUB 17, SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN!), and looking back it’s so amazing to see how far we’ve come. Some of us have studied abroad. Some of us have changed our major. Some of us have even decided that Concordia couldn’t be that Home for us, and decided to go our separate ways.

What astounds me isn’t that we were and are such different people who came together after just 3 days. What astounds me is that we came together after just 3 days and we are still growing as people, as friends, and as a

Hoyum floors one and two waiting for Cabaret to start!

Hoyum floors one and two waiting for Cabaret to start!

group. We may be in different places on campus, in the country, even in the world, yet we still have the relationships we built those first 3 days of college.

Tonight at my floor meeting, I asked my residents what the best part of these past 3 orientation days have been, and repeatedly the answer was “my clubbies” or “getting to know all of you” or “realizing that it’s easy to meet new people”. It amazes me that they feel the same way I did back then, even though they could have never known what my experience with orientation was thus far.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember why the stress is worth it. I’m not going to lie, sometimes my job gets hard. Sometimes I just want to shut off my connection to the world and be by myself. But as an RA, cutting myself off isn’t a great idea sometimes. Did the past 3 weeks prepare me for everything that will come my way over the next 8 months? Not even close. But it did teach me how to figure out how to get there.

The end of August may have brought on the end of Training, the end of my summer, and the end of my free time.

But the end of August also began the start of a new adventure for the Class of 2018.

It brought the beginning of clubbie bonding, love for a new place, and the start of having a second home.

Welcome Home, Class of 2018. The next four years will be a whirlwind, but it’ll be worth so much more.

 

 

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