Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and because Concordia is a private college, classes were not cancelled. Before you get worked up about this, recognize that a) we just had a snow day last Thursday (which was glorious) and b) my one Monday class was cancelled.

Concordia still planned lots of events to celebrate the day. The one event I really wanted to go to was at 10:30 when Minnijean Brown Trickey was speaking. She was a member of the Little Rock Nine and was known for getting expelled for pouring a bowl of chili on another student’s head (the student was calling her names). I heard she was wonderful, but alas, I had to work.

MLK day is a big visit day for the admissions office. Perspective student after perspective student flocks into the Welcome Center doors looking for tour guides and admissions representatives. At 10:30, despite the freezing weather, I gave a tour. It made me realize that any event on campus is successful because of so many different people – even those behind the scenes. Though I did not get to see the speaker, I was happy to be part of something bigger and represent the college.

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Both my roommate, Maddie, and I are tour guides for Concordia. If you come here, you might get to meet one of us!

  1. Gia R. says:

    Have no fear! Here’s the link to the Minnijean Brown Trickey’s presentation: (Watch it! She was phenomenal.)

  2. mjohns65 says:

    Thanks Gia! I didn’t know that existed.

  3. Real Macaroon says:

    Thanks Gia. I’m going to watch it with my mom.

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I may have the most generic Scandinavian name but I like to think I’m far from ordinary.

For 20 years of my life, I have rocked the suburbs like Jon Bon Jovi did, except that he was talented (as Ben Folds would say). In high school, I was involved in speech, debate, concert band, marching band, and volunteer work. To this day, I enjoy tossing the Frisbee disc with friends, reading an absurd amount of books, writing poetry and listening excessively to every genre of music excluding country.

At Concordia, I play the flute in the Symphonic Band, play ultimate frisbee, am an orientation leader, am a leader in science academy, work for the admissions office, do biology research, and am working to bring an organization to campus called Girls In Real Life which is meant to improve the self esteem of women everywhere. I also enjoy volunteering at Sanford hospital on the weekends. My majors are biology and history with a minor in chemistry and I will be graduating in 2015. I hope to join the peace corps after college and then attend graduate school for public health and possibly law.

In the future and in the present, my main goal is to make a difference in the world. I believe people are inherently good and I search for the upside in every situation. People have described me as a ray of sunshine, but I’d just say I am an opportunist who believes in love and lifelong happiness.