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Hello! My name is Ali, and I am so incredibly excited to share my thoughts with the COBBlog! I am from Dilworth, MN (basically a suburb of Moorhead), graduated from Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo, and I plan on majoring in English (either literature or writing… decisions, decisions…).

I grew up to the recorded sounds of piano music and occupied myself with the whims of my imagination. In high school I was involved in choir and theatre and fell in love with my AP English Literature class. In my free time, I love listening to music, reading, playing piano, and watching movies/television shows. I have a rather unfortunate sweet tooth and an unconditional love for bread. And, most importantly, I could not be more excited to be a part of the Cobber community! I am looking forward to see where the next four years take me!

Ali Froslie

We’ll Be Off Tomorrow…

Posted in Ali Froslie on March 16th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on We’ll Be Off Tomorrow…

V__B6A6Tomorrow is the day!

As I write, Chapel Choir members around Concordia and beyond are getting ready to depart tomorrow morning on our four day regional tour. I’m among them; I’ve been packing, printing, emailing, and finishing up all the last minute things I have to do around the dorm before week’s end. At 8:40am tomorrow morning we will load the buses and head off on our grand adventure!

Tonight we sang at two of Trinity Lutheran’s Lenten services. I had a blast. Over the two services, we were able to practice a good chuck of our tour repertoire, and it felt really good to run the pieces and raise our confidence. The acoustics in the church were grand, and it was fun to get a little taste of all the concerts to come. Plus, a little introspection can’t hurt, and while I was standing up there it hit me. I am extremely blessed to be able to do something that I love and have the opportunity to share it with others. Over the next few days we get to meet seven high school choirs and perform four full length concerts. That sounds pretty cool to me; we’ve been granted some amazing opportunities here at Concordia, and I am beyond grateful.

I didn’t mean this blog post to turn into Ali being a complete cheese ball, but I’m in pre-tour excitement and the anticipation of future nostalgia is hitting me. 🙂

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Spring Has Sprung

Posted in Ali Froslie on March 12th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on Spring Has Sprung
The courtyard does not look like this anymore!

The courtyard does not look like this anymore!

I can look outside my dorm room and see people playing Frisbee in the courtyard.

It is when you see that that you know spring has finally sprung.

We’ve been blessed with some really nice weather here in Minnesota, despite the fact that it is still early March. The transition from winter to spring always seems to happen more quickly than the transition from fall to winter, at least in my opinion. During September, October, November, people start to slowly break out their sweaters and boots– an extra layer one day and another the next week. However, the second the weather gets above 40 degrees in March, April, or May, it seems people immediately break out shorts and abandon coats. I can be wearing a sweater one day, and a t shirt the next. One day people can be cuddling in front of the fireplace, and the next be out biking and roller blading.

This is what makes spring in Minnesota so exhilarating. I love seeing dozens of people re-exploring the outdoors on the first day of spring-like weather. I love seeing Birkenstocks being reintroduced to the streets and dresses losing their legging companions. Yes, winter is my favorite season, and I am a little bit sad to see it go. But, I am excited to run around outside and finally smell the earth in the air again. To go on a walk or not– that is the new question.

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Ali’s Dilemma, March 2016

Posted in Ali Froslie on March 11th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on Ali’s Dilemma, March 2016
Last year's national book award event. One of my favorite things of the year!

Last year’s national book award event. One of my favorite things of the year!

I have a problem.

Well, it’s not really a problem. I don’t need to decide anything, but I do have a conflict that I am utterly crushed about.

This coming week is the National Book Awards at Concordia. This year, NBA finalist Sy Montgomery is coming to talk about her book, Soul of an Octopus, and NBA winner Neal Shusterman is coming to talk about his book, Challenger Deep. I’m reading both books right now and they are fantastic. I’ve learned some really crazy interesting things about Octopi from Montgomery, and Shusterman has completely captivated me with his tale of a boy struggling with his mental health. I would be so over the moon excited to hear them speak and attend a master class with Sy Montgomery and my nonfiction class.

The only problem. I’ll be on choir tour during the exact dates the authors will be here.

Don’t get me wrong, I am so, so excited to go on choir tour. I’m excited to hang out with my choir people, see some new places in Minnesota, eat some church food, and share this music with more people. It’s going to be really fun, and I couldn’t be happier that I get this opportunity.

But, I’m faced with a terrible dilemma. I’m excited to go on tour, but I’m crushed that I won’t be able to meet the authors and listen to them talk about things that directly relate to my major.

If you’ve gotten this far in the blog, sorry for the “woe is me” tirade. I’m just a choir and literature nerd who is desperately torn. However, if I decide to look at this whole thing in a positive light (which I probably should), it’s great that Concordia offers so many awesome opportunities. I’d rather be horribly disappointed to be missing an event than stuck wishing my school had more opportunities. Concordia is really good about giving us the chance to go see and do so many great things we might not have the chance to later in life. So, even though two of my favorite events will be overlapping this year, I’m still deeply grateful for the options. 🙂

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Choir Wonderland

Posted in Ali Froslie on March 5th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on Choir Wonderland
Lots of different colored robes will be donned during these next few weeks!

Lots of different colored robes will be donned during these next few weeks!

It’s practically Christmas in choir land!

No, I don’t mean that we are already starting on Christmas music for next year. That would be extreme, even for us. 🙂 What I do mean– the next three weekends (including this one) hold a choir concert. It’s a very exciting time to be a choir student!

Tomorrow, the Concordia Choir will perform their home concert after touring around Eastern United States for two weeks! From what I have been seeing on social media, they have been singing in some crazy beautiful churches and having a grand old time. I am sure they have blessed many, many people with their glorious sound, and I look forward to hearing them myself tomorrow. I am always blown away with their music making.

Next weekend, on March 13 is the Three Choirs Concert. At this concert, you will hear Bel Canto (upper level women’s choir), Mannerchor (freshmen, plus some upperclassmen, men’s choir), and Cantabile (freshmen woman’s choir– proud alumn!). I had a blast performing in this concert last year, and I am sure the performers this year will as well. I have heard all three choirs perform in the fall concert and during the Christmas concerts, and let me tell you, they are all phenomenal as well. This is also not a concert to miss!

On March 20, the Chapel Choir will be performing our home concert after a few days of touring around Minnesota. I’m so excited; full disclosure, we have some really fun songs we are bringing on tour, plus some crazy talented soloists. We’ve been having a lot of fun learning the pieces, and I am so looking forward to sharing the music with others!

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Registration

Posted in Ali Froslie on March 4th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on Registration
Behold. Where your PIN number goes.

Behold. Where your PIN number goes.

Today was a big day in my nerd life. I registered for my fall semester classes.

But actually, I’m super excited.

I will be taking Advanced Fiction Writing, Theory and Practice of Criticism, a Credo course called (mis)Understanding Communications, and a religion class on the Legacy of Luther.

I have the hang of registration now, but my first semester doing it by my own? I was freaking out. I didn’t want to mess up. I was scared I wouldn’t get the classes I wanted (I did) or that the system would crash (it didn’t) or some crazy disaster would happen (nope). In actuality, it is a fairly simple process. However, there are a few things you need to get before the event itself.

Something you need for registration, is a PIN number that you will get from your academic advisor. This is the first thing you plug into the system. It allows you to go on to insert your classes’ CRN numbers into the system. CRN numbers are super easy to find, but if you don’t know that you need them, they can be easily overlooked. When you click on a certain class you are interested in taking, it should be to the left of the classes’ name on the webpage. It’s clearly labeled. After putting in your PIN number, you type in your CNR numbers on the next page you come to and then you are automatically registered for your classes! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

And, if you’re still confused (I know I haven’t written an extensive guide), upperclassmen mentors had a little training session in the basement of my dorm freshmen year to walk us through the process and answer any questions we might have. This was super helpful and soothed a lot of my pre-registration fears freshman year.

Registration time is super stressful sometimes… Which classes to pick can be an important decision. But, I also love it. I love looking at the potential classes I could take and daydreaming about all the new knowledge I will gain. It’s so promising!

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