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About Katie Beedy

Sophomore

Katie Beedy

Communication Studies

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Twitter: @ktbeedy18

Hi there! My name is Katie Beedy and I am a communication studies and multimedia journalism double major, class of 2018. I am also considering a minor in women’s and gender studies. I have lived here in lovely Moorhead, Minnesota for my entire life. After years of telling myself that I needed to break free and go to school far away, I finally gave in to the voice in my head telling me that Concordia was where I needed to be (and my goodness, am I glad I did). I don’t think any other school could better suit my combined passions for music, theatre, people, literature, food, social justice, adventures, and corn-related puns.

I love words and I love Concordia. I hope to use these loves to share my Cobber experience with you all.

Katie Beedy

Recollections and Resolutions: 2016 Edition

Posted in Katie Beedy on January 2nd, 2016 by Katie Beedy – Be the first to comment

tumblr_o0c6wkFlAM1v3wpcao1_1280Like many others, I have spent the past few days reflecting upon the joys and disappointments 2015 brought me and jotting down the resolutions I intend to bring with me into the new year. It seems almost impossible to summarize the events and emotions of 2015, but two words come close: a glorious mess. In 365 days I ended my first year of college and began my second, started some jobs and quit others, lost some friends and made many more, fell in love and began to maneuver a long-distance relationship, interviewed a United States senator, went on countless adventures, got my first collegiate 4.0, and questioned myself, my skills, and my passions more than ever before (which proved to be both my greatest achievement and my greatest downfall).

While 2015 brought with it a purer kind of joy than I had ever experienced, it also brought more anxiety. For this reason, I have compiled an extensive list of resolutions to help me make 2016 an even better year. While the complete list spans multiple pages in my beloved Moleskine journal, I would like to share a few highlights with you all:

  • I will believe in the love I am given.
  • I will believe in myself.
  • I will read more (books, newspapers, poems, essays, silly Buzzfeed articles– anything I can get my hands on).
  • I will stop basing my decisions on the opinions of others.
  • I will write something every day, with help from the 500 Writing Prompts journal Isaac gave me for Christmas.

Bring it on, 2016 and spring semester. I’m ready for you.

The Most Productive Day

Posted in Katie Beedy on December 15th, 2015 by Katie Beedy – Be the first to comment
Our future home (hopefully)!

Our future home (hopefully)!

Today may have been the most productive day I have had all semester. Both of my professors cancelled class to give us time to study for finals, and my plan was to take advantage of the free time by sleeping in. Instead I woke up two hours before my alarm, went to DS to eat my first full breakfast in weeks, and spent the rest of the day getting stuff DONE. I don’t know if it was the amount of coffee and cold medicine I consumed, the time I spent listening to the Hamilton cast recording, or the fact that I was able to stay in my sweatpants, but I simply could not be stopped. I did three loads of laundry, finished a take-home exam, and researched and wrote an entire eight minute speech.

The highlight of my day, however, occurred this evening. My friends and I have spent the last couple of months looking for a house to live in next year, and today we finally found the One. It’s a newly renovated duplex right on the river, just minutes from campus, with a huge yard and beautiful hardwood floors. It’s perfect, and we are signing the lease when we return from break.

And to top it all off, it was Christmas dinner in DS tonight. It truly is a great day to be a Cobber.

This is My Last Christmas Concert Post of the Year

Posted in Katie Beedy on December 11th, 2015 by Katie Beedy – Be the first to comment
Performing at Orchestra Hall! Can you see me in the red? ;)

Performing at Orchestra Hall! Can you see me in the red? 😉

I promise.

I can’t help it that I talk about the Christmas Concert so much! It’s one of my favorite things about being a Cobber, and now that we have returned to campus from the Minneapolis leg of our tour, I’m feeling a little nostalgic.

Singing at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis may be my favorite part of the holiday season. Not only do we get to hear our voices and instruments ring out in one of the best acoustic spaces in America, but we get to share that beautiful sound with thousands of people who really, truly love music. I teared up countless times last night as I watched the conductors beam with pride and listened to elderly audience members singing along to “Silent Night” at the top of their lungs. When I woke up this morning, one line from our set kept spinning around in my head: “Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing”.

I am so, so lucky to be a part of something so beautiful, and I can’t believe that my Concordia Christmas Concert experience is already half over. My heart has certainly awakened.

10 Minute Scene Showcase

Posted in Katie Beedy on December 8th, 2015 by Katie Beedy – Be the first to comment

Most of my posts over the past few weeks have been about the magic and madness of the Christmas Concert, as it has taken up the vast majority of my spare time. However, I have been working on another creative project at the same time: the 10 Minute Scenes, which perform TONIGHT for the second and last time.

The 10 Minute Scenes are the final project for students in Elements of Directing, a beginning directing class taught by Dr. David Wintersteen. Each student in the class selects, casts, and directs a short play, which are all  revealed during a two-night showcase at the end of the semester. I was cast alongside freshman Tatum DeBlieck in Favors by Julianne Homokay, and for the past month we have been working under our fabulous director, my roommate, Natalie Dulka. Our play is absolutely hilarious, and working with Tatum and Natalie has been such a fun break from the craziness that is winter at Concordia.

Last night was night one of the showcase, and we couldn’t have asked for a better turn out. The lab theater was packed with people and filled with laughter as the actors took on roles ranging from widowed father to a hyperactive dog to a world record- breaker. If you want to laugh, cry, and laugh so hard that you cry, I encouraged you to come by the lab theater at 7 p.m. to enjoy the second evening of our showcase. You can stay the whole time or you can come and go as you please; either way, it’s a great way to take a break from all of that studying. 🙂

Concert Weekend!!

Posted in Katie Beedy on December 5th, 2015 by Katie Beedy – Be the first to comment
Four girls from three choirs coming together to perform on opening night!

Four girls from three choirs coming together to perform on opening night!

Well folks, we did it! All of our hard work paid off last night as we opened the 2015 Christmas Concert to an audience full of families, friends, alumni, and kind members of the community. Few things spark the same amount of fear and pride within me than performing something in front of an audience for the first time, whether it be a play, musical, speech, or concert. There is, of course, the perpetual fear that something could go wrong; however, there is also the joy of watching the faces in the audience light up during a particularly beautiful moment.

The Concordia Christmas Concert means so much to so many people, and I feel as though is especially important this year. We are living in a terribly violent, hateful time, and it is imperative that we continue to combat that hate with love, peace, and beauty. The Christmas Concert is our opportunity to do just that. There are deplorable things happening all around us, but they cannot stop all of us from awakening our hearts to sing of Christmas joy and God’s great love. I cannot wait to share these messages three more times here in Moorhead, and twice at Orchestra Hall next week.