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About Ali Froslie

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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

Old Friends

Posted in Ali Froslie on February 27th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on Old Friends
A few of my former high school classmates are now choir buddies here too... It's the best!

A few of my former high school classmates are now choir buddies here too… It’s the best!

College is great. You get to meet lots of really cool people, many of whom become friends. However, college also means that you are probably moving away from many of your childhood and high school friends.

I’ve been lucky. I’ve been able to keep in contact with a few of my best friends from my previous life experiences. I just got off the phone with my best friend from kindergarten– after I moved away we were able to keep in contact with each other, and she is still one of my best friends almost 15 years later. I still talk frequently with my best friend from middle school. She goes to school near the cities, and I am planning on visiting her one weekend this spring. It’s awesome to have a friend from one of the awkward-est times of my life… we’ve had many walks down memory lane that are both mortifying and hilarious. 🙂 I am still in contact with a few friends from high school as well… a few are fellow Cobbers (an added bonus! :)) and one goes to school out of state. We were in choir together and performed in/worked on musicals and plays… we had some really great times.

It’s important to move forward, but every now and again it is nice to sit down and laugh about something that happened five years ago. It is nice to look into the face of an old friend and see the history– all your shared experiences, all the time you’ve known them. It’s wonderful to go, “Hey, remember when…?” and launch into a story.

Tonight I am going back to my old high school to see a musical– The Wizard of Oz. I suspect this will be a bit bittersweet… It will be crazy to see some of the kids who are younger than me be suddenly grown up. I haven’t been back to my high school in nearly a year, and I’m sure some of it will be strangely the same and some of it will be completely different. That’s the thing with life… it moves on. The thing with friends– while they are moving on and creating awesome futures for themselves, a part of them will always be frozen in history… in those fond memories that come to the surface every time you see them.

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Fun Facts from Spring Break

Posted in Ali Froslie on February 25th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on Fun Facts from Spring Break
Isn't this gorgeous?

Isn’t this gorgeous?

Spring break has been wonderful.

Last Saturday my family and I packed up and flew to Arizona where we have spent the majority of our time in a town called Sedona… a wonderful place full of red rock and lots of hikes. I’ve had some homework to do, but I’ve also had time to learn some interesting things about the world! I’ve been reading a book about Octopuses (Octopi is actually incorrect)– The Soul of an Octopus by National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery, who will be at Concordia in March! I have also been doing some research on the landscape around here, since it is so different from Minnesota. It was rather crazy going from bare trees and snow to desert heat and red rock. Here are some of my favorite bits of knowledge–

1. An octopus can taste with its skin. How crazy would that be? You could high five someone and know what they had for lunch.

2. Most palm trees are not native to Arizona, and yet they are pretty much the first thing you see when you land in Phoenix. The palm trees in the city were imported from elsewhere.

3. Cacti can be up to 90% water!

4. The Saguaro Cacti cannot grow above a certain elevation. They are everywhere around Phoenix, but as you drive north they suddenly disappear.

5. Homemade guacamole is literally the best thing. Go to The Mission in Scottsdale, a historic town just outside of Phoenix, and they will make guacamole in front of you. Best thing ever.

 

Read more-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cactus

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-palm-tree-story-of-phoenix

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How to Build a Resume (according to me)

Posted in Ali Froslie on February 18th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on How to Build a Resume (according to me)
A quick search for resume templates yields many suggestions!

A quick search for resume templates yields many suggestions!

As you venture into college, your resume becomes quite important. Often, it’s the first look your future employers get at you. At this time of the year, many college students are looking to get summer jobs or internships (Blogger Katie Beedy just scored an awesome internship!) and building or revising a resume becomes necessary.

1. If you’re starting from scratch, I would advise looking up resume templates on the internet. You don’t have to follow these exactly, but they serve as good ideas as how to begin. Resumes should be organized and easy to read, so looking at examples are a smart way to begin.

2. Visit the Career Center. They have people there who can help look over your resume and even do a mock interview to brush up on your professional question answering skills. (visit Kelsey’s blog to read more)

3. Have your parents look over it. My personal favorite. 🙂 I made my resume last year, but I wanted help on sprucing it up with my new experience. My parents have both been through the interview/job selection process, so they were able to help me choose the right words.

4. Don’t forget special skills/extracurricular activities. Employers like to see involvement outside of work experience. I have my choir involvement listed and even some activities from high school too.

Finally, once your resume is clean and concise and sent off to your prospective employers, just sit back and let the chips fall where they may. Perhaps it’s cliché, but I always try to remind myself that if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. The right job will come your way!

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Time Flies

Posted in Ali Froslie on February 13th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on Time Flies
Before long we'll be seeing green!

Before long we’ll be seeing green!

Cobbers are excited these days… After all, spring break is in a week!

How crazy is that?!

It seems like yesterday that I was coming back from Christmas break and the 7 weeks between me and spring break seemed like an eternity.

Well, it wasn’t eternity, it was more like the blink of an eye!

Spring break is awesome for a lot of reasons. Not only do we get a whole week off, but many Cobbers take the time to do really amazing, adventurous things. Some go on Habitat for Humanity trips around the country. Others pack their bags for a two week choir tour. One of my roommates is getting ready to go to London and Paris with a group of writing students. Education majors may be student teaching. Some Cobbers take the time to relax and catch up on Netflix. I’ll be heading to Arizona with my parents for a week of exploring.

I’m very excited. Not only for spring break, but all that the returning weeks hold. After our return, I have two full weeks of school before Chapel Choir leaves on our short tour of Minnesota. Then it’s basically Easter break and then we only have a month until summer vacation begins.

I’m almost halfway done with college. Can you believe that?

Maybe you can, but I certainly can’t! I am still trying to wrap my brain around being done with one year of college. 🙂

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Nerd Alert

Posted in Ali Froslie on February 12th, 2016 by Ali Froslie – Comments Off on Nerd Alert
Yes, I took a screenshot of the announcement.

Yes, I took a screenshot of the announcement.

Folks.

My 11 year old self is jumping for joy.

Earlier this week they announced that the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released for the public to read.

For those of you vaguely confused, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play on the West End that will open later this year. The story is a continuation of J.K. Rowling’s beloved books… the play supposedly takes place 19 years after the fall of Volde- sorry… He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Now, I’ve loved the Harry Potter books for a good portion of my time on this earth. My mom read me the first one as we sat in her big, green reading chair. I ventured into the next six on my own, and the magic stuck with me. I was captivated by the characters, the stories, the ideas… There was a good portion of time in which I ran around my room pretending to be a witch at Hogwarts (this may or may not still happen).

Naturally I was overjoyed at the possibility of going to see a continuation of the stories I’ve loved so much on stage. One problem… the play is happening in London… I’m in Minnesota. I was resigned to daydreams and promotional pictures.

But now, I can read it… I can hold the pages of the story in my hand and dig in like I did for all the other books. It won’t quite make up for seeing the play in person, but being able to read it is a very good compromise. And who knows, maybe someday soon I’ll be able to sit back in a seat and be swept away with the spectacle too. 🙂

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