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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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And So It Begins!

Posted in Jasmine Lara on October 7th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

This is going to be a hectic, busy, and fun-filled week. It may only be Monday, but I’ve been looking forward this this week for the past nine months–and so have 43 other people. You might be asking “What’s so important about this week?” Well, I’ll tell you.

IT’S CONCORDIA’S HOMECOMING!!!!!!!!!!! 

I, fellow blogger Kelsey, and the rest of the homecoming committee have been hard at work the past nine months to give you the best Homecoming you

Kelsey, me, and Hilary, before coronation tonight! Only four sophomores were given the honor to say they were on the committee this year, and we were lucky enough to be three of them!

Kelsey, me, and Hilary, before coronation!

could experience, and I’m hoping that we’ve lived up to the challenge!  This week is packed with lots of different events, ranging from the coronation that happened tonight, to many different worship services that were planned by our lovely Church Relations committee. In case you haven’t been able to keep track of the schedule, you can click here to take another look 🙂

We kicked off the week last night at SN@C (Sunday Night @ Concordia), a student lead worship service, and tonight we crowned the 2013 royalty! Congratulations to Carly Grandner and Colin Sullivan; there is no doubt in my mind that they deserve this honor.

This whole week is just going to be yet another reminder of why I consider this to be my home. I have a dress code this week to make sure that people are aware that I’m on the committee, and let me tell you, so many people came up to me today to tell me they appreciate all the work we’ve done to make this week great. And it’s only Monday!

I’m already super tired, but I couldn’t be more excited to see what the rest of this week has in store.

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Cyrus M. Running Gallery

Posted in Jasmine Lara on September 7th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

With this being the first full week of class, I’ve been trying to juggle around my time to see if I can get a set schedule up for the rest of the semester. I like staying busy, and because of my constant need to fill up my time, this past week has been a stressful one. Even though I enjoy being busy, it’s still tiring to

The song board!

The song board!

have to run around everywhere all the time!

The other day, I was rushing out of a meeting with a professor when I decided to cut through the running gallery instead of trying to brave the heat. It had

Another nice addition to the Happiness themed running gallery were little reminders on the walls, like "spend money on experiences, not things". Another one I really liked was "Live your values".

Another nice addition to the Happiness themed running gallery were little reminders on the walls, like “spend money on experiences, not things”. Another one I really liked was “Live your values”.

been kind of an off afternoon, so I was in a pretty sour mood; and when I say “I was rushing”, I mean I was literally rushing. Because it’d been an off day, I had yet had time to fully eat a meal and had about an hour before my next commitment to try and grab some food. I also hadn’t made the time to stop by the running gallery this year, so I figured it would be a good thing to quick glance at on my way out. Let me tell you, it was probably one of my best decisions that day.

This year’s symposium topic is on Happiness. Fellow blogger Austin mentioned a little bit about the summer book read, and Kelsey is on the Symposium committee this year (you go Kelsey!). As part of Symposium, Concordia has been launching a hashtag on Instagram, which is #happycord. Anything you take a picture of that makes you happy, whether it be something on campus, some random place, of food or of friends, use #happycord and you will have the potential of being in the running gallery! A few of my photos have been put up, and it was a surprising yet nice feeling to realize that even doing

They also had a little spot to just sit and chat with someone! When was the last time you had a deep conversation with a friend?

They also had a little spot to just sit and chat with someone! When was the last time you had a deep conversation with a friend?

something as little as using a hashtag on Instagram is a way to be involved.

They’ve also got a a wall where you can write what happiness is to you on a post it note and stick it up

One of my photos that made the wall!

One of my photos that made the wall!

on the wall, along with a board where people write down songs that make them happy, for whatever reason. It was a really humbling experience to see the different things that make people happy. It made

me really appreciate everything I have going on, despite how stressed out I am. Some of those photos I tagged I didn’t even remember taking, so it was kind of a nice throwback. I would highly suggest making time to stop by and look at everything, no matter how busy you are. I know that it made my day a little better!

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Class, Welcome Week, and Lots of Planning

Posted in Jasmine Lara on September 1st, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
Some of the lovely ladies of Unit 2!

Some of the lovely ladies of Unit 2!

If the rest of this semester is anything like this past week, I’m in for a long one (but in a good way). Over the past couple days, I’ve been literally running around EVERYWHERE on campus. Between class, interviews, meetings, and events, I’ve barely had time to think!

This past week I laughed, I tried new things, and I definitely lost some much needed sleep, but I’ve gained so much from it all. As part of our “Welcome Week”, the Brown Staff put together some events for our residents to take some time away to relax and get caught up with friends. Our first event was a lemonade stand, complete with lemonade, popsicles, bubbles and chalk! It was fun to see what creative things people drew in the courtyard. The next night, we hosted Night Games, and we made our own

spin on Capture the Flag! We used glowsticks instead, and even though it was really warm, we made

the best of it and my team won! We capped off the Welcome Week events with a pancake feed because

My friend Rachael was tracing Zac's figure onto the sidewalk and entitled it "First Casualty of the Heat" since it was so hot the first few days!

My friend Rachael was tracing Zac’s figure onto the sidewalk and entitled it “First Casualty of the Heat” since it was so hot the first few days!

come on, who doesn’t love free food?! 🙂

Along with our events, CEC hosted its annual Theme Dance, and my unit decided to do a “‘Murica'” theme, so we donned our USA garb and headed to the dance floor. While we parted ways once we actually got to the dance, I still had a pretty good time hanging out with some of my fellow staff members and my friends Lauren and Olivia.

As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely LOVE Teaberry. It’s a great place to hang out, not to mention their smoothies are amazing. Because I think it’s so great,

I went there twice this weekend! Once after the dance and once for staff bonding. Because we’ve started class now and we have our own things to get done, I don’t get to see my staff as much, so as part

Shannon, Kari, and Jesse during staff bonding at Teaberry!

Shannon, Kari, and Jesse during staff bonding at Teaberry!

of a bonding day we cleaned our staff room, went to dinner, and then traveled to Teaberry to just catch up a little bit. Our Hall Director, Laura, taught us how to play a game I’ve never even heard of before! It’s a domino game called Mexican Train, and the goal is to get rid of all your dominoes before anyone else does. Seeing as we’re all pretty competitive, the game got slightly heated!

I’m stressed out to the max. Completely grateful that I have such loving and caring people around me. I’m tired, I don’t know how I am POSSIBLY going to finish everything I need to get done, and I think I may have already gained some of my Sophomore 17, but you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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