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My name is Katie Englund and I am from Lakeville, Minn.

Words cannot explain how excited I am to be at Concordia! I plan to major in elementary education and minor in special education. I am a part of the class of 2015!

I love locking myself in my room and playing my acoustic guitar for hours. I have a weird obsession with cowboy boots. I wear them with everything. I have the best family in the entire world, and would be nothing without them. I’m also involved in Campus Entertainment Committee (CEC). I work at Cobber Kids Preschool as well as with Concordia’s America Reads foundation!

Katie Englund

Summer Orientation Day: 1

Posted in Katie Englund on June 10th, 2014 by kenglun1 – Be the first to comment

One of the tasks that comes along with being the Orientation Chair, is helping run Summer Orientation! Yesterday was the first official day of Summer Orientation and I am so glad I was able to play a part.

I was told about a week ago that I would have to welcome students, after President Craft. Am I the only one who would panic a little bit knowing you have to follow the college’s president?! After looking at my name tag multiple times to ensure I knew my name, I was able to welcome the morning session of students and get them on their way! Another part I played in the day was running a breakout session about student involvement and campus life. There was four sessions in the morning and four in the afternoon, so yes, I did the same session eight times in one day! The one awesome thing about that experience was that I was able to meet every single student that came through the doors for Orientation yesterday. What an awesome experience to have! This incoming class is very special, and I am already loving how interactive they are. At one point, I couldn’t get them to stop conversing with each other! They are so excited to be here and meet fellow Cobbers!

After a close to 10 hour day, I was ready to pass out. I went home and kicked my feet up and that was the most I moved all night. There are three more days of Summer Orientation and I can’t wait to continue to meet the class of 2018! Welcome to Concordia!

 

I know you can't tell, but I am shaking in my boots in this picture. Literally, I was actually wearing cowboy boots.

I know you can’t tell, but I am shaking in my boots in this picture. Literally, I was actually wearing cowboy boots.

 

 

Have you ever gotten a pie thrown at you?

Posted in Katie Englund on April 14th, 2014 by kenglun1 – Be the first to comment

One of my favorite events on campus is Relay for Life! Every year organizations and students run booths at the event. It usually runs for over 12 hours on a Saturday. CEC usually participates, and to go along with this year’s Olympic theme, we chose to “Party in the USA with CEC” (AKA a Miley Cyrus Theme). Wait before you judge! We created a photo booth for students to take pictures with the many faces of Miley Cyrus! We also were serving pancakes for students to buy. All of the money raised at the event went towards Cancer research.

I was asked this year to also help out at the SGA booth. From 4-4:30, people paid $2 to throw pies at me! It was so much fun, even to get pies thrown at. I loved people able to give back to a great cause! In that short 30 min, we were able to raise $75! The booth continued by featuring other campus leaders for students to throw pies at.

It was a great day full of tears, laughter, and smiles! As a whole, Concordia raised over $24,000!

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Thrown into the real world!

Posted in Katie Englund on April 12th, 2014 by kenglun1 – Be the first to comment

I have officially begun my methods clinical in a third grade classroom! I am so excited to get out into the “real world,” and work on my teaching. I teach a lesson everyday, and spend the entire day, all week with this class.

It has been a great experience, but definitely has its challenges. I am used to a college student sleep schedule, and not this whole waking up at 6am every day thing. I also forgot how tiring it can be when you work with kids all day. I can’t stay up all night like I used to, and as soon as noon rolls around, I am ready for caffeine round two. Although its had some changes in my lifestyle, they haven’t all been bad. Concordia has done such a great job preparing me for teaching. I feel so confident in the classroom and this experience has made me even more excited to become a teacher — if that’s possible. This is just the beginning of my journey of being a teacher, and Concordia has already done wonders on my life.

I still have two more weeks left, and I don’t know if I am going to want to say good-bye yet.

My Methods class, which has been placed in several elementary schools in the F-M area.

My Methods class, which has been placed in several elementary schools in the F-M area.

Orientation round 3!

Posted in Katie Englund on April 10th, 2014 by kenglun1 – Be the first to comment

I was recently selected to be Concordia’s next Orientation Chair! I have been so honored with this experience, and have had so much fun thus far. I have selected a committee, OL’s and OA’s, but we hadn’t all gotten together yet. This past weekend was our first official gathering, Sping Training!

I was SO nervous! This was our first meeting together, as a team of 90, and the first impression we all would have of Orientation 2014. I don’t know how, but the Orientation team is always the most lively crew on campus. Everyone, regardless if they knew each other or not, was socializing with the people around them. I could tell from the very first moment, that we were going to have so much fun through this process.  Training went smoothly, and the committee kicked off Orientation 2014 perfect!

Can’t wait to see all of the wonderful things these people are going to do for our campus this year.

Team bonding done right.

Team bonding done right.

My favorite place on campus

Posted in Katie Englund on March 30th, 2014 by kenglun1 – 2 Comments

This year I have been spending more time up in the Parke Student Leadership Center. The Parke is is located in the Knutson Campus Center.Its home to the ResLife, Student Leadership, Student Affairs, Student Government, and three of Concordia’s main organizations, CEC, CMC, and CSC. Two leadership positions I have on campus have offices in the Parke which would explain a lot of the time I spend in here. However, the Parke is a place for students to come work on homework and hang out in a relaxed environment. There is office supplies and tools available to students for projects, as well as computers and printers. You can usually find some snacks around as well!

The Parke has become like a second home to me on campus. If I’m not working here, I am usually hanging out with other people from campus. Make sure you stop by and check out the Parke Student Leadership Center when your on campus. It is definitely one of the most underrated places on campus.

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