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Move In Tips & Tricks

Posted in Jasmine Lara on July 25th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

Even though I never left campus, I’m still pretty excited for move in day! I can’t wait to see my friends, get to know some of the incoming students, and get back into the swing of things with class.

My clubbies and I on day three of orientation!

My clubbies and I on day three of orientation!

With move in day being only a month away, I figured that I should probably let you guys in on a couple secrets about moving to college. It may not seem like that big of a deal to some people, but really, it is. The residence hall community at Concordia is so strong; in a couple weeks, your dorm room will be your home.

So, my first piece of advice to you is to pack lightly. If you’re like me and you’re one of those people that packs everything (including the kitchen sink) for those “just in case” moments, you’re going to want to start packing now and slowly weeding out all the things that you don’t need, like ten different pairs of high heels or 15 different ties. Really, you’ll only need one pair for those VERY special occasions, like the formal Harvest Ball, or when you need to dress up for a presentation. That being said, make sure you pack some dress clothes. Some profs do require that you dress up for presentations and speeches. Also pack at least two outfits for warmer weather–while it may be warm the day you move in, the weather is unpredictable!

Try to bring only the things that you know you won’t be able to get/live without when you move to Fargo-Moorhead. The FM area is pretty big—if you need something really badly that you didn’t bring

Don't pack too many clothes, or else your room will end up looking like this!

Don’t pack too many clothes, or else your room will end up looking like this!

with, there’s loads of stores around that you could get one from. Don’t have a car? You’ll end up knowing someone who does. Not to mention Walgreens, Hornbachers, and about 12 different restaurants are within walking distance from campus.

Move in day is going to be BUSY! And (no matter how ready you are to move away) you’re going to be sad when your parents leave, and nervous when you walk into the gym and meet your clubbies for the first time. Just remember to breathe, be patient, and most of all be yourself. There will be loads of people around on move in day to help you get settled in, so if you brought the futon, the fridge, the TV, AND the microwave, don’t sweat it—someone will be glad to help you carry it to the 6th floor of your building. Your clubbies and Orientation Leaders are going to be some of your greatest friends on campus–get to know them right away, and let them know you. Your freshman year is going to be everything you wanted, and so much more! 🙂

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Something Every Freshman Needs

Posted in Jasmine Lara on July 23rd, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

Besides at least $100 for textbooks, is a planner.

Before coming to college, I was pretty set on my ways of being “organized”. I would write down what class I had homework for on my hand, and when I got home I would probably remember what exactly it was that I needed to do. If I didn’t, then one of my friends would be kind enough to remind me what the assignment was.

The month before finals can be hectic! The picture on the left is what my planner looked like at the beginning of the week. By Friday, my planner looked like the picture on the right.

The month before finals can be hectic! The picture on the left is what my planner looked like at the beginning of the week. By Friday, my planner looked like the picture on the right.

But in college, just writing down the class you have homework for in your hand is definitely not a good way to keep track of your homework. Because most classes don’t meet every day, not all your homework is due the day after it’s assigned like it was in high school. Not to mention you will often have assignments that aren’t due for a good month or so after they are assigned. You’re going to want to get a head start on those the day you know what to do…usually there’s a reason why they’re given a month in advance. There is nothing worse than it being 1AM and realizing that the paper worth 40% of your grade is due at 8:00 AM. Trust me, I know from experience.

To stay organized, I started using a planner and by the end of the school year, I had my own type of

My schedule for the next three months!

My schedule for the next three months!

system down. I sometimes even used the sticky notes app on my Mac and real sticky notes to leave myself reminders everywhere.

The nice thing about having a planner is that you can use it however little or however much you want, and you can get one that works specifically for you. You can usually find some really cheap ones at Wal-Mart, but if you wanted one tailored to Concordia the Cobber Bookstore  has one available with all the important dates you need to know on campus. I use mine all the time, and I consider it to be my anchor to everything I do. Because I am pretty busy, it’s hard for me to remember things without writing them down. I’ve already started my planner for this

upcoming school year with my work schedules, important dates pertaining to Residence Life or Homecoming, and other important things I need to remember.

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Your Cheat Sheet for Concordia’s Campus

Posted in Jasmine Lara on June 26th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

There are a couple things I wish I had known when I moved to Concordia and the FM area. I’m the kind of person that likes to know what to expect when I go somewhere, so just in case you’re the same way, I’m going to let you in on a couple little secrets about Concordia and the FM area.

I asked some friends on facebook what they wished they knew their Freshman year, and here are some of their responses!

I asked some friends on facebook what they wished they knew their Freshman year, and here are some of their responses!

1. Anderson Commons seems to come with its own rule book. To avoid being embarrassed, avoid going through the side doors of DS–it’ll set off an alarm and people will find it a little funny. Also, it’s not a good idea to put cold milk in a warm glass. It’ll shatter, making a big mess, also leaving you embarrassed (trust me, I know from experience). The DS cooks and workers are also nice enough to provide waffle batter so you can make your own waffles! But don’t forget to spray the waffle maker with cooking spray. If you don’t spray it enough, the waffle will get stuck to the waffle maker, and some poor DS employee will have to clean it out.

Chicken Nugget days will be chaos. Every man/woman for him/herself. If you don’t get there early, you won’t be getting any chicken nuggets. Just a heads up.

Also, Sue (the woman who scans your ID to let you into Anderson Commons) is probably one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Don’t be afraid to stop and chat with her 🙂

2. There are some really awesome deals for college students in the FM area. On Sundays, Buffalo Wild Wings has half off college night–you’ll get your bill half off if you show your ID! It’s pretty awesome :). 

3. I’ve found that studying in my room is a REALLY bad idea. My room was really distracting because I had a TV, and not to mention my bed (it was really hard to turn away a nap at 2:00 in the afternoon when I should’ve been studying), so I went elsewhere to study. Surprisingly enough, the Maize is actually a really good place to study!

4. Utilize what Concordia has to offer! The writing center is always an option if you want feedback on a paper. Also, don’t be afraid to get a tutor! I got a tutor

Some friends and I at Bdubs on half off college night! This was only half of our table--we had like 20 people join us that night! :)

Some friends and I at Bdubs on half off college night! This was only half of our table–we had like 20 people join us that night! 🙂

for Spanish second semester, and let me tell you, Vanessa helped me so much!

5. The last thing I can tell you is don’t be afraid to get involved! It might seem scary to try something new at first, but you never know who you’re going to meet or what you’ll learn just from stepping out of your comfort zone for half an hour!

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Hometown And Cobber Friends!

Posted in Jasmine Lara on June 14th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – 1 Comment

One of the many reasons I love Concordia is that it’s close to home. While it still is a three hour drive back to Litchfield, it’s a more reasonable drive than some of my other Cobber friends have. And because it is three hours away, I don’t feel the need to constantly go back home all the time.

Because Concordia is so close to Litchfield, quite a few people decide to come to Concordia, and it’s no surprise! Concordia offers so many different majors, along with an awesome study abroad program and such an active student life that everyone can find where they belong.

Me, Serena, Beth, Patrick, Cody, Anne, and Karissa at Cornstock this year! Patrick came to visit us :)

Me, Serena, Beth, Patrick, Cody, Anne, and Karissa at Cornstock this year! Patrick came to visit us 🙂

Coming to college, I was nervous about literally everything: if I would like my roommate, would I like my classes, would I even be able to make friends? I was always reassured that these feelings were normal and that I was freaking out for nothing–I’d make friends, my classes would be great, and I’d definitely find some activity that I loved to participate in. But, being the pessimist that I tend to be, I was still worried.

Something that reassured me was that my friend Rachael would be coming to Concordia with me. Don’t get me wrong, we each have our separate friends groups and we have our activities, but she’s always been someone that I feel like I can lean on, no matter what.

Next year, I have two more friends joining me at Concordia! My friend Patrick has decided to transfer to Concordia, and my friend Phil will be an incoming freshman! Needless to say, I’m excited 🙂 It was great to have Rachael with me to experience freshman year, and I’m ecstatic to have Phil and Patrick join us at Concordia as well!

Connections at Concordia are extremely important, and so easy to make. Everyone on campus is so friendly and so willing to help you with whatever you need. Relationships here at Concordia are beyond easy to form–everyone genuinely cares about who you are as a person and help you make the best out of the time we have here. Because of this, I feel like I

Rachael and I were zombies for Livedalen's Haunted House!

Rachael and I were zombies for Livedalen’s Haunted House!

know the friends I made during my freshman year just as well as I know Rachael, Phil, or Patrick.

So, if you’re worried about making friends at Concordia, don’t be. And if you’re nervous about talking to people–come find me when you get to campus! I’ll be happy to show you around and share with you all the things I love about this place I happen to call home.

And to Phil and Patrick: Congratulations on being all signed up for next year! I can’t wait to see you in the fall 🙂

 

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“Shakey” Monday!

Posted in Jasmine Lara on June 3rd, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

With it being Monday, I can’t help but hope I find someone to go to Kroll’s for Shakey Monday with me. For those of you who don’t know, Shakey Monday when you can get two shakes for the price of one at Kroll’s Diner in Fargo. Kroll’s diner is an all around friendly place. I like the atmosphere, especially on Mondays. During the school year, my friends and I would go to Kroll’s later at night because that’s usually when all the college kids are around. I mean, come on! Who doesn’t love a free milkshake? And being in college, you’re always looking for free/cheap food.

Some of the girls from my floor and I on my first trip to Kroll's!

Some of the girls from my floor and I on my first trip to Kroll’s!

The first time I went to Kroll’s was way back in September. My RA Emily thought it would be cool to make it into a floor event, so we piled into each other’s cars and made the short drive to Fargo. The first time I was there, it was kind of overwhelming–there were A LOT of people, and I had no idea what to order. That’s probably the worst part about Shakey Monday—because it is such a good deal, a lotta people show up for it.

Even so, Shakey Monday, and Kroll’s in general, became kind of a tradition for me and my friends. Once, my friends Anne, Marissa, and I went there at 2:00 in the morning, just because we could (and it’s open 24/7).

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The Kroll’s employees also have a sense of humor!

One of my favorite memories of Kroll’s was toward the end of the school year. I and some of my clubbies and their friends went to Kroll’s as one last “huzzah” , and to talk about what our summer had in store for us. It was at that moment that I realized how much I was going to miss my friends over the summer. I’ve been counting down the days until everyone joins me on campus again. It’s fun being independent, but I miss my friends!

Can it just be move in day already?

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