Finding Your Place

Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by

When I came to Concordia, I was excited to find a solid group of friends. In high school, my friends were incredibly close and we spent every weekend and holiday break together. But as my freshmen year progressed, I began to realize that finding a group of friends wasn’t all that easy. Yes, I had friends. But they were random and I hung out with different people every weekend (with the exception of my roommate Maddie). When my friend Courtney approached me sophomore year about living with her and her roommate Melody, I was hesitant because I felt I didn’t know either of them well. But once Maddie and I agreed on it and signed the lease of our house, we started to get to know each other better.

This summer has been fun primarily because I feel like I have a group of friends. Every Wednesday without fail, my friends and I hop on our bikes to cruise to Free-Pie-Wednesday at the Village Inn. Afterwards, we always go to Luke’s house to jam out on his random musical instruments and play Dance Central.

I’m not sure that this summer group of friends will stick in the school year, but I’m really hoping it does. Every person wants to feel like they belong and I feel like with these guys, I do.

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With da roomies.

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  1. Real Macaroon says:

    I’m going to try the free pie with my friends. Thanks for sharing Maddie.

  2. mjohns65 says:

    Thanks for reading Mac!

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I may have the most generic Scandinavian name but I like to think I’m far from ordinary.

For 20 years of my life, I have rocked the suburbs like Jon Bon Jovi did, except that he was talented (as Ben Folds would say). In high school, I was involved in speech, debate, concert band, marching band, and volunteer work. To this day, I enjoy tossing the Frisbee disc with friends, reading an absurd amount of books, writing poetry and listening excessively to every genre of music excluding country.

At Concordia, I play the flute in the Symphonic Band, play ultimate frisbee, am an orientation leader, am a leader in science academy, work for the admissions office, do biology research, and am working to bring an organization to campus called Girls In Real Life which is meant to improve the self esteem of women everywhere. I also enjoy volunteering at Sanford hospital on the weekends. My majors are biology and history with a minor in chemistry and I will be graduating in 2015. I hope to join the peace corps after college and then attend graduate school for public health and possibly law.

In the future and in the present, my main goal is to make a difference in the world. I believe people are inherently good and I search for the upside in every situation. People have described me as a ray of sunshine, but I’d just say I am an opportunist who believes in love and lifelong happiness.