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My Response to the How I Met Your Mother Finale

Posted in Jasmine Lara on April 3rd, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
A look at a couple Cobber's opinions on the How I Met Your Mother Finale

A look at a couple Cobber’s opinions on the How I Met Your Mother Finale

If you’re as big of a fan of How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) as I am, you’ve probably got some strong feelings about the series finale that aired on Monday night.

Honestly, I still don’t know how I feel about it. I only hopped onto the the HIMYM bandwagon about three years ago when my friend Patrick suggested I start watching. Even though I am fairly new to the fan base, I still felt a connection to the characters and I’m sad to see the series end. I can’t tell you how many days I spent binge watching the first 8 seasons over my Christmas break last year to make sure I could remember everything for the upcoming 9th season.

For me, the HIMYM finale was as much of a disappointment as it was a success. The first reason I was disappointed  was because the finale made the whole series about Robin. It felt like I just spent nine seasons waiting to hear more about the amazing life that Ted had with Tracy (the Mother) to only find out that Tracy was nothing but a a side note to Ted’s love for Robin. I could have lived with Tracy dying, but I can’t live with it all being about Robin. Tracy seems so minimal in the the grand scheme of the series because it seems like this whole time, we’ve been listening to Ted tell a story of love all while asking his children’s permission to pursue their Aunt Robin.

I think the biggest disappointment for me, though, was Robin and Barney’s divorce. To me, their divorce completely erased three seasons of character development for Barney. His proposal to Robin in the 8th season completely threw me for a loop in the sense that I never imagined him to let go of who he was for love. Honestly, I didn’t imagine that Barney was capable of loving anyone other than himself.

As much as these were major disappointments in the series for me, they were also things that made me realize how much these characters have grown, and how this is the beginning of another journey for them. Yes, I’m disappointed that the past nine years have been devoted to asking permission to move on. Yes, I’m disappointed that Robin and Barney didn’t work out. But the importance of these greatly outweighs my disappointment. If you look back on the series, Ted has always been willing to sacrifice what he loves most in favor of those he loves. He sacrificed moving to Chicago for Tracy. He sacrificed his love for Robin by letting her go up to the top of Goliath National Bank to let Barney propose. He sacrificed his apartment when Lily and Marshall got married. I’m not saying that Tracy was a sacrifice for him, but rather Ted finally being gifted with someone who was not only a perfect match, but also someone who had loved and lost before as well. If you also remember, Tracy’s first love was Max. Ted and Tracy both sacrificed their first loves, willingly or not, only to meet someone who they were compatible with and who they were able to love.

Secondly, I’m partly glad that Barney and Robin didn’t work. Barney never said that he didn’t love Robin. In fact, he said that despite his love for her, the marriage just wasn’t working. As far as we know, Barney was completely faithful to Robin in their three years of marriage. Barney grew as much as he was thrown back in those few seconds it took to admit that it just wasn’t working. Carter Bays and Craig Thomas took those few seconds to show us how important honesty is in love. They showed us how important it is to be true to ourselves and to not change just to make someone else happy. Yes, the breakup was devastating. But Robin and Barney staying together for the sake of happy fans isn’t worth making two characters unhappy.

In the wise words of Ted Mosby, “love is the best thing we do”. While the finale was a disappointment, I think the series as a whole did its job in teaching viewers the importance of the relationships you build, and how sometimes you need to make those sacrifices and struggle to find your yellow umbrella.

 

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It Was A Pretty Great Sunday

Posted in Jasmine Lara on March 17th, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
Sarah and Matthew did an awesome job dancing during one of the choir's songs!

Sarah and Matthew did an awesome job dancing during one of the choir’s songs!

Usually I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off on Sundays, but this time around I would say it was a pretty good day!

Having my Chapel Choir friends come back from tour was a great enough way to start my day, but what made it even better was being able to attend their home concert here on campus. They had a pretty amazing selection of music–they did Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre and In the Beginning by Aaron Copland to name their two bigger pieces. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the concert, I highly recommend

watching the stream here; it was such an amazing concert! Not only did they showcase their talent with music, but some of the choir members danced during one of their pieces, and you could tell they put a lot of practice into making sure it was an amazing show!

The second reason it was an amazing Sunday was because of my Homecoming meeting. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m lucky enough to be serving on the Homecoming committee again this year as the

My friend Kevin gets pretty expressive when he sings!

My friend Kevin gets pretty expressive when he sings!

Design Coordinator. Last night as a fun activity we had Allison Richards, a senior here at Concordia, come in and lead the committee in some laughter yoga. Laughter yoga is a form of yoga that’s focused

more on posture and poses, but laughing at the same time. It was a great way to loosen up for the rest of the meeting. Who

Allison lead us through a fun "row the boat" section during laughter yoga--as you can see, the committee really got into it!

Allison lead us through a fun “row the boat” section during laughter yoga–as you can see, the committee really got into it!

doesn’t love to laugh? We’re trying really hard to collaborate more as a group, so after meeting individually we asked everyone to go around and write down ideas and feedback they might have for other committees. It was a good way to get our brains working! Next week, we’re going to (hopefully) start thinking of logo ideas–we’ve already decided on a theme, but that’s still classified information! 🙂 It’s going to be a great year for this year’s Homecoming committee, I can already tell!

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“What’s Your Major?” Part 2

Posted in Jasmine Lara on November 1st, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

With spring registration just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m going to be doing with my life after I graduate. While it’s still a ways away, it’s a daunting thought. Growing up is proving to be a hard task for me–I’m constantly forgetting where I put things, I spend my nights building forts in Brown’s staff room, and I experience at LEAST one mini breakdown when things don’t go my way. I’m constantly asking myself “What am I going to do when I don’t have the structure of class to keep me going?”

I've got my schedules planned out for my remaining time at Concordia and it feels great!

I’ve got my schedules planned out for my remaining time at Concordia and it feels great!

No one is a wholehearted fan of change, but most people accept it. Something that I’ve recently had to accept was the realization that Social Work is not my calling. This also means a lot of things are going to change for me: my intended major, my career path, even my circle of connections is going to change. It’s an extremely scary thought–I had all these big plans for myself to go to grad school and get my Masters in Social Work, to work in the mental health field, to do all these things that would change the world.

What I didn’t think of was how happy I was going to be doing it. Don’t get me wrong–Social Work is an extremely rewarding carer path and it makes millions of people’s lives better every single day…but it just isn’t for me anymore. I’ve found that my strengths lie elsewhere–Multimedia Journalism and Communications to be exact–and I couldn’t be more comfortable and at ease with my decision.

Communications has always been something I’ve kept in the back of my mind, but I didn’t want to immediately default to Comm because I wanted to test my feet in other waters. Honestly, I’m glad I did–I’m taking my first Communications class this semester, and I’ve already fallen in love with it. Because I took classes in other areas, I know that I’m making the right choice because I just feel that much more comfortable with where I’m going. After speaking with my advisor about my other interests in Art and Writing, he suggested that I look into Multimedia Journalism, which takes

Here we go! :)

Here we go! 🙂

aspects from each field and made it into one. It was a no brainer–I would of course decide to major in both! And the nice thing about it is that Communications and Multimedia Journalism actually coincide very well together scheduling wise.

Growing up is hard. Deciding what I want to do with my life is that much harder. But I know that all these changes are going to eventually lead me to where I belong and where I’m going to excel. I’ll still be changing the world in my own little way, and I still hope to someday go to grad school. I just have to take it one day at a time. Knowing what I want major in (not necessarily what I want to do with it) makes the question “What’s your major?” less frightening. I don’t really think it should frighten anyone, really. It’s okay not to know what you want to do with your life. It just means you’re making sure you know what will make you happy.

 

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A Weekend of Firsts

Posted in Jasmine Lara on October 14th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
This is how we decorated the entrance to the Harvest Ball! It was a spur of the moment idea, but I'm so happy with the way it turned out!

This is how we decorated the entrance to the Harvest Ball! It was a spur of the moment idea, but I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

Before this weekend, I didn’t know how to tie a balloon. I had never had a Panera bagel, and I’d surprisingly never slow danced with anyone before. I’d never before had to decorate a huge stadium at 6:30 in the morning. I probably couldn’t tell you what the proper way to

Me and my friends Olivia, Risa, and Lauren at the Harvest Ball!

Me and my friends Olivia, Risa, and Lauren at the Harvest Ball!

wrap a pole in gleam and stream was…before this weekend, I definitely couldn’t have told you how much of a rush it is knowing that you helped plan an amazing event.

While this whole week was incredible, this weekend was everything I could have asked for and more. I finally experienced all the things I just listed, and so much more. The week was busy enough with coronation, worship services, the bonfire, and Frosh Frolics–by the time Friday rolled around, I was tired, excited, and most of all, nervous. I was lucky enough to be given the honor of planning this year’s Harvest Ball, which took place on Friday night. My stomach was in knots all day, and my nails are probably permanently ruined from me anxiously biting them. When I first got assigned to Harvest Ball, I was a

My lovely fellow committee members, Sara and Hannah!

My lovely fellow committee members, Sara and Hannah!

little anxious—I’m not really a dance type of person, and I can honestly say that before this weekend I had never stayed at a dance in its entirety. Now that I know how fun it is though, I really regret not doing it before this.

Fellow blogger Kelsey and I before the Homecoming Parade! It was raining and really cold, but we still had a lot of fun!

Fellow blogger Kelsey and I before the Homecoming Parade! It was raining and really cold, but we still had a lot of fun!

I’m still pretty sore from all the dancing that night! All of my friends came to support me–even the ones that don’t really like dances. It meant so much to have so many people that I love there. People have been approaching me all weekend thanking me for such a good time on Friday night!

Before the dance, we attended the alumni banquet where we got to have dinner with the Cobbers that were returning home. The banquet and the football game on Saturday really showed me how full of pride Cobbers are, whether they’re still in school or not. Cobbers are so lucky to call this home that we had alumni

My friend Jesse and I at the football game!

My friend Jesse and I at the football game!

from the class of 1948 return for Homecoming this weekend! Typically classes stop returning after their 50 year reunion, but there were alumni that missed home so much, they had to keep coming back!

I’ve already started the countdown for next year. Soli Deo Gloria.

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Start Fresh, Stay Fresh (With A Little Fire)

Posted in Jasmine Lara on October 11th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – 10 Comments

Today was a SPECTACULAR start for Homecoming weekend, if I do say so myself. Today was the first day of really big, really anticipated events, and if

Anna was trying to keep the balloons from floating to the ceiling while we were decorating for Frosh Frolics

Anna was trying to keep the balloons from floating to the ceiling while we were decorating for Frosh Frolics

everything goes as well as it went today, I won’t even have to worry about anything else.

Our first event tonight was Frosh Frolics, a talent show that exhibits freshman talent, along with transfer students every now and then. This years theme was “Start Fresh, Stay Fresh”. To open, the emcees Andrew and Bethany rapped a spin off of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. They changed the words so that they could introduce themselves, as well as tying in some Concordia humor and introducing some of the acts. They did so well! I was part of the decorating committee for their event, and it was cool to see it all come together–Olson Forum is a tough space to work with just because it’s SO big and has little to work with in terms of hanging up decorations, but we

managed! It was such a well attended event that people went up to the cardio balcony and sat on the exercise

Kernel and I were watching the fireworks before they lit the fire. Maroon and Gold never looked so good!

Kernel and I were watching the fireworks before they lit the fire. Maroon and Gold never looked so good!

equipment so that they could sit and watch.

My friend Kevin, a transfer student, and a freshman named Erik covered “Little Lion Man” by Mumford and Sons,

and let me say, I was BLOWN away. They, along with a group that covered “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” by Coldplay were my favorite acts.

After the final act of Frosh Frolics, Cobber Nation lead everyone to the Jake Christiansen Stadium to get ready for

the bonfire, our final event for the night. The bonfire has been a longstanding tradition at Concordia, and this year

was no different. Kelsey, Taylor, and Kari put SO much work into making the event run smoothly and to make sure everyone had a good time, and they didn’t disappoint. Erik Johnson, the alumni office chair

King Colin and Queen Carly were telling us all about how great Cobber Athletics are doing! Did you know that Women's Volleyball AND Cobber football are UNDEFEATED!?!

King Colin and Queen Carly were telling us all about how great Cobber Athletics are doing! Did you know that Women’s Volleyball AND Cobber football are UNDEFEATED!?!

, lead our “Release the Beast” chant before lighting the fire, and I can’t even begin to explain how much

energy was running through the crowd; the amount of pride that flowed through everyone was overpowering. Being a Cobber has always been amazing, but tonight….tonight was something special.

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