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About Katie Beedy

Sophomore

Katie Beedy

Communication Studies

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Twitter: @ktbeedy18

Hi there! My name is Katie Beedy and I am a communication studies and multimedia journalism double major, class of 2018. I am also considering a minor in women’s and gender studies. I have lived here in lovely Moorhead, Minnesota for my entire life. After years of telling myself that I needed to break free and go to school far away, I finally gave in to the voice in my head telling me that Concordia was where I needed to be (and my goodness, am I glad I did). I don’t think any other school could better suit my combined passions for music, theatre, people, literature, food, social justice, adventures, and corn-related puns.

I love words and I love Concordia. I hope to use these loves to share my Cobber experience with you all.

Katie Beedy

Concordia Rocked the Vote

Posted in Katie Beedy on March 2nd, 2016 by Katie Beedy – Comments Off on Concordia Rocked the Vote

tumblr_o3fjs5zij01v3wpcao1_1280No matter your age, party affiliation, or political literacy, you cannot deny that this year’s presidential race is a particularly bizarre one. The candidates are as varied a group as you could possibly imagine– a Democratic socialist, a former first lady, a toupee’d  billionaire with a big mouth and a surprisingly big following, and the Zodiac Killer (according to some online conspiracy theorists)– and the debates are filled with unintelligible yelling and finger pointing. Amidst the chaos, Millennials are making their voices heard.

This is the first presidential election that I have been old enough to vote in, and I am doing my best to remain as educated and involved as I possibly can. Last night, I attended the Democratic Super Tuesday caucus at MSUM, and I wasn’t alone– the line to sign in was out the door, and so many Cobbers and Dragons were in attendance that our room ran out of ballots within the first ten minutes of voting. I was ecstatic to see so many familiar faces in one room. Despite our differing opinions about which Democratic candidate would best serve our country, the unity we felt as a generation and as a party was tangible (although, unfortunately, the scent of that many bodies in that small of a room was almost unbearable). I have heard that the Republican caucus at Moorhead High School was also well-attended, and while I do not identify with that party, I am glad to hear that my classmates who do also took the time and effort to go out and vote.

As I sat in my dorm last night and watched caucus results from around the country roll in, I will admit that I was a bit scared. That toupee’d, big-mouthed billionaire dominated on the Republican side, and my less-favored Democratic candidate took some big states of her own. However, when Minnesota’s results went up, I breathed a sigh of relief.

I am proud to be from a state that rose above the Trump fanaticism, and I am proud to go to a school where students make an active attempt to get involved in politics.

 

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The Home Stretch

Posted in Katie Beedy on February 29th, 2016 by Katie Beedy – Comments Off on The Home Stretch
Exploring the woods of St. Joseph, MN

Exploring the woods of St. Joseph, MN

It feels like just yesterday I was returning to campus from Christmas break. In reality, it was just yesterday that I returned from midsemester break!

Even though it is technically still winter, last week provided all of the fun and relaxation of a sunny spring break. Personally, I did not embark on any of the countless Habitat for Humanity trips or Exploration Seminars that took Cobbers across the country (and the globe) for midsem. Instead, I bounced around Minnesota and the houses of my loved ones. I spent the first weekend of break at my parents’ house here in Moorhead, traveled to Maple Grove to spend a few days with my brother and his wife and kids, and spent the rest of the week with Isaac in Sartell. While he taught, I sat in his apartment watching marathons of Law and Order: SVU and reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. When he wasn’t teaching we ate way too much Chinese takeout, saw Deadpool, and soaked up Saturday’s unseasonable sunshine by walking around Sartell and the surrounding suburbs. It wasn’t anything exotic, but it was just the kind of break I needed.

Now, somehow, I’m back at school and mentally preparing myself to finish the last two months of my sophomore year of college. On Friday, I will be able to register for my junior year. In nine weeks, I will be halfway done with college. To top it all off, I signed my first-ever lease last night and will be moving all of my stuff out of my dorm and my parents’ house come May. Growing up is weird.

 

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The Intern

Posted in Katie Beedy on February 16th, 2016 by Katie Beedy – Comments Off on The Intern

Last year, Robert DeNiro played Anne Hathaway’s intern in a film aptly titled The Intern. I never saw the movie, but it does serve as the perfect segue into some exciting news:

I have been offered my first internship, and will be spending my summer writing for Emerging Prairie!

Emerging Prairie is a nonprofit located in Fargo, dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the community and celebrating local business and tech startups. They host popular events like 1 Million Cups and TEDxFargo and run the Prairie Den, a coworking space for freelancers, artists, and innovators. My job this summer will be writing stories about our community’s buzzing entrepreneurial ecosystem, which will be published on Emerging Prairie’s website. I will be working under Marisa Jackels, the organization’s lead content writer (and a Cobber alumnus!)

In many ways, I have Concordia to thank for this opportunity. First, I would not be the writer I am today if it were not for my professors here.  I also may not have even heard of the internship if it had not been for Concordia. It was first announced at the 1 Million Cups internship fair a few weeks ago, which I only attended because I kept receiving C-News updates about it. I also got connected with Emerging Prairie for the first time last November after Scott Brusven, the organization’s Director of Partnerships and Events, saw my writing in the Concordian and the COBBlog. When Marisa could not attend a meeting, Scott called me and asked me to cover it. That one story (which you can find at https://www.emergingprairie.com/leading/) has become a full-time paid internship, and I cannot wait to get started!

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A “Perfect” Evening

Posted in Katie Beedy on February 11th, 2016 by Katie Beedy – Comments Off on A “Perfect” Evening

I just got back to my dorm from the opening performance of Perfect Arrangement, the first of two spring plays here at Concordia. The play, a comedy by Topher Payne, is set in 1950– a time when America’s fear of Communists became a fear of any potential security risk, namely moral and sexual deviants. Two of the main characters, Bob Martindale and his secretary Norma Baxter, work with the State Department. The twist? Bob and Norma live in conjoined homes, and are in love with each other’s spouses, Millie and Jim. The arrangement seems to be working perfectly, until Bob is assigned the task of rooting out “security risks” like himself. I won’t reveal any spoilers, but I will say this: the plot definitely takes some twists.

Payne is a master at writing meaningful content in a way that is simultaneously hilarious and sobering, and the humor of the script (which is often referred to as I Love Lucy-esque) was delivered perfectly by the Cobbers who took the Frances Frazier Comstock Theater stage this evening. I may be a bit biased, considering several cast members are close friends of mine, but I thought the ensemble was assembled perfectly (haha). I didn’t stop laughing until the moment, about ten minutes before the show ended, when I started bawling. I have to give a special shout out to Alicia Auch, one of the most beautiful and talented women I have ever met, and Matt Nelson, the perfect Jim Baxter and the perfect friend.

This show is a perfect reminder of how important theatre is, and I urge you all to go see it. Performances run this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2pm (WHAT A GREAT VALENTINE’S DATE IDEA!)

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Slow Mornings

Posted in Katie Beedy on February 9th, 2016 by Katie Beedy – Be the first to comment
My delicious breakfast (can you tell that I like cinnamon?)

My delicious breakfast (can you tell that I like cinnamon?)

Tuesdays and Thursdays are, by far, the best days of my week this semester. On these days I do not have class until 12:50, meaning I have several hours in the morning to get up and get going. Of course, it would be easy for me to use this late schedule as an excuse to sleep in until 10 or 11 everyday; however, I have forced myself to put those hours to good use. Today has been the perfect example of what an ideal Tuesday/Thursday looks like to me:

First, I got up at 8:45 (after pressing the snooze button three times, much to the annoyance of my roommates). Then, I threw on some sweatpants and my running shoes and made the chilly walk from Brown Hall to Olson Forum. After about forty minutes on the elliptical, I made my way back to Brown for a nice, warm shower. Once I’d washed off all the sweat and gotten dressed, I sat down at my desk to do my daily writing prompt (today’s question: Do you believe the truth always comes out? Has the truth ever set you free?). These moments were all very nice in their own right, but the true highlight of my morning has been sitting down for coffee and oatmeal with my roommate Natalie and our friend, Amanda. This time of breakfast and conversation was  such a pleasant break in what is already shaping up to be a very long week, and now I still have an hour until I have to meet with one of my professors and head to my first class, Investigating and Narrating the News. I’m so grateful for the slow mornings full of coffee, oatmeal, friends, and Don Hertzfeldt quotes (see Post-It in picture) that get me through every week. 🙂

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