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Reflections: Senior Year

Posted in Paul Flessland on May 4th, 2013 by Paul Flessland – 7 Comments

Graduation is tomorrow, and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting about my time at Concordia. This post is the fourth of a four-part series, each focusing on a specific year of college. This one is about my senior year, and will be my last post for The COBBlog.

Kittens in a Tree with Club 1-3!

Kittens in a Tree with Club 1-3!

This past year has been one of the best in my entire life. I had just come back from studying abroad in Norway, and it was great to get back on campus and see some familiar faces. I was an orientation leader again in the fall and had a great partner and club, while also making new friends with the other orientation leaders.

A few weeks after orientation was Family Weekend, and I took on my first major role as a photographer. I took several thousand pictures that weekend. It was exhausting, but a lot of fun and well worth it.

I also took on a job at the library, which is honestly one of the best jobs on campus. Where else can you be paid to sit and to homework and check people out? Now I know why they call it “The Funzone.”

January was bittersweet. I had to reluctantly give up my title as Mr. Concordia, but you can’t be royalty forever. Luckily, the crown went to a worthy successor.

Homecoming Court with Bill and Anne Craft.

Homecoming Court with Bill and Anne Craft.

My favorite part of this year was definitely homecoming week. I had the great privilege of being chosen by my class to be on the homecoming court. Although I did not win the grand title of homecoming king, it was still an amazing experience and I am so honored to have been chosen by my peers to represent our graduating class.

As I sit writing, taking a break from packing my belongings, it is finally sinking in how much I am going to miss this place. I have met so many talented and amazing people during my four years at Concordia, many within the last few months. I am so blessed to have had so many wonderful people touch my life during this great journey and am grateful for the chance to influence many people myself.

I’m not sure what the future holds after tomorrow. I don’t have any immediate plans, so I guess I’ll just see where life takes me.

It’s time to start a new chapter in my life.


The Atrium

Posted in Paul Flessland on May 3rd, 2013 by Paul Flessland – 2 Comments

I’m graduating in a few days whether I’m ready or not. Leaving Concordia will be bittersweet, but it’s time to start a new chapter in my life. There is so much that I will miss about this place, but nothing will ever come close to The Atrium.

For those who don’t know, The Atrium is the area right outside of Concordia’s dining center. It is home to some of the comfiest chairs on campus, and it’s where I spend a lot of my free time. Since sophomore year, I’ve sat in The Atrium most every day, often for several hours on end.

Why is The Atrium so great? It’s location has much to do with it. Being right outside the dining center and up the stairs from The Maize, The Atrium sees the most traffic of anywhere on campus. You see so many people in The Atrium that you would likely not see anywhere else on campus. Nowhere else on campus can you meet so many people so easily.

I’m not the only one known for sitting in The Atrium. There are a select handful of my peers who also recognize The Atriums charm. Through the years, I have solidified countless friendships just by hanging out here. It is truly my favorite place on campus, and one of my favorites in the whole world.

I’m going to miss this place.


The Hottest of Dates

Posted in Paul Flessland on May 2nd, 2013 by Paul Flessland – 1 Comment

Back in November, I won a date with Steph Barnhart, the Homecoming Queen. Needless to say, it was the hottest date Concordia has ever seen.

Breakfast Sandwiches!!!

Posted in Paul Flessland on May 1st, 2013 by Paul Flessland – Be the first to comment

You know I’m a fan of The Maize’s Wing it Wednesday and Monster Cookie Monday, but all that is old news now. Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve just discovered The Maize’s new breakfast sandwiches.


I ate dis.

This is a relatively new taste sensation to arrive at Concordia, and it was well worth the wait. I decided to try it out this morning per request of my friend, Brit. “The breakfast sandwich is just a little piece of heaven,” she said. It was just as good as she described.

Campus has reacted with unanimous praise. “They are aMAIZEing. One of the sole reasons I get up to go to campus,” said Trey Haugen.

“My life has been changed by the discovery of breakfast sandwiches in The Maize,” said Melissa Neeb. “I could not have asked for juicer bacon.”

The best part about it is that you can customize the sandwich to your liking. For example, I decided to go with ciabatta roll, bacon, sausage, Muenster cheese and an egg with a runny yolk. If you’d like it on a croissant or a bagel instead, they will be happy to accommodate. This will probably be my deciding factor in whether or not I’ll come back to visit.

I guess you could say it was pretty EGGcellent.

Last Class Everrrr!

Posted in Paul Flessland on April 29th, 2013 by Paul Flessland – 1 Comment

After pulling the last all-nighter of my college career, I have finally turned in the last paper of my college career. Today, I also had the last class of my college career. Lots of lasts today.


I like pizza. I like breakfast. It’s the best of both worlds.

I don’t like to end things without a bang, though. Like everything else, I had to make my last class period something to remember. I literally started planning it the first day of class. As we went around the room introducing ourselves, I made it known to the class that I’m a big fan of pizza. Throughout the first few weeks, I would strategically throw out subliminal messages of pizza and pizza parties. Eventually, the professor finally agreed to have a pizza part on the last day of class.

I walked to class today half-expecting there to be no pizza. Fortunately, our professor came through for us with a pepperoni and a breakfast pizza from Pizza Patrol. Naturally, I was ecstatic and I patted myself on the back for a job well done. I usually don’t have pizza for breakfast, but I guess I can make an exception.

It’s a great day to be a Cobber.