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And So It Begins!

Posted in Jasmine Lara on October 7th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

This is going to be a hectic, busy, and fun-filled week. It may only be Monday, but I’ve been looking forward this this week for the past nine months–and so have 43 other people. You might be asking “What’s so important about this week?” Well, I’ll tell you.

IT’S CONCORDIA’S HOMECOMING!!!!!!!!!!! 

I, fellow blogger Kelsey, and the rest of the homecoming committee have been hard at work the past nine months to give you the best Homecoming you

Kelsey, me, and Hilary, before coronation tonight! Only four sophomores were given the honor to say they were on the committee this year, and we were lucky enough to be three of them!

Kelsey, me, and Hilary, before coronation!

could experience, and I’m hoping that we’ve lived up to the challenge!  This week is packed with lots of different events, ranging from the coronation that happened tonight, to many different worship services that were planned by our lovely Church Relations committee. In case you haven’t been able to keep track of the schedule, you can click here to take another look 🙂

We kicked off the week last night at SN@C (Sunday Night @ Concordia), a student lead worship service, and tonight we crowned the 2013 royalty! Congratulations to Carly Grandner and Colin Sullivan; there is no doubt in my mind that they deserve this honor.

This whole week is just going to be yet another reminder of why I consider this to be my home. I have a dress code this week to make sure that people are aware that I’m on the committee, and let me tell you, so many people came up to me today to tell me they appreciate all the work we’ve done to make this week great. And it’s only Monday!

I’m already super tired, but I couldn’t be more excited to see what the rest of this week has in store.

Cyrus M. Running Gallery

Posted in Jasmine Lara on September 7th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

With this being the first full week of class, I’ve been trying to juggle around my time to see if I can get a set schedule up for the rest of the semester. I like staying busy, and because of my constant need to fill up my time, this past week has been a stressful one. Even though I enjoy being busy, it’s still tiring to

The song board!

The song board!

have to run around everywhere all the time!

The other day, I was rushing out of a meeting with a professor when I decided to cut through the running gallery instead of trying to brave the heat. It had

Another nice addition to the Happiness themed running gallery were little reminders on the walls, like "spend money on experiences, not things". Another one I really liked was "Live your values".

Another nice addition to the Happiness themed running gallery were little reminders on the walls, like “spend money on experiences, not things”. Another one I really liked was “Live your values”.

been kind of an off afternoon, so I was in a pretty sour mood; and when I say “I was rushing”, I mean I was literally rushing. Because it’d been an off day, I had yet had time to fully eat a meal and had about an hour before my next commitment to try and grab some food. I also hadn’t made the time to stop by the running gallery this year, so I figured it would be a good thing to quick glance at on my way out. Let me tell you, it was probably one of my best decisions that day.

This year’s symposium topic is on Happiness. Fellow blogger Austin mentioned a little bit about the summer book read, and Kelsey is on the Symposium committee this year (you go Kelsey!). As part of Symposium, Concordia has been launching a hashtag on Instagram, which is #happycord. Anything you take a picture of that makes you happy, whether it be something on campus, some random place, of food or of friends, use #happycord and you will have the potential of being in the running gallery! A few of my photos have been put up, and it was a surprising yet nice feeling to realize that even doing

They also had a little spot to just sit and chat with someone! When was the last time you had a deep conversation with a friend?

They also had a little spot to just sit and chat with someone! When was the last time you had a deep conversation with a friend?

something as little as using a hashtag on Instagram is a way to be involved.

They’ve also got a a wall where you can write what happiness is to you on a post it note and stick it up

One of my photos that made the wall!

One of my photos that made the wall!

on the wall, along with a board where people write down songs that make them happy, for whatever reason. It was a really humbling experience to see the different things that make people happy. It made

me really appreciate everything I have going on, despite how stressed out I am. Some of those photos I tagged I didn’t even remember taking, so it was kind of a nice throwback. I would highly suggest making time to stop by and look at everything, no matter how busy you are. I know that it made my day a little better!

Class, Welcome Week, and Lots of Planning

Posted in Jasmine Lara on September 1st, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
Some of the lovely ladies of Unit 2!

Some of the lovely ladies of Unit 2!

If the rest of this semester is anything like this past week, I’m in for a long one (but in a good way). Over the past couple days, I’ve been literally running around EVERYWHERE on campus. Between class, interviews, meetings, and events, I’ve barely had time to think!

This past week I laughed, I tried new things, and I definitely lost some much needed sleep, but I’ve gained so much from it all. As part of our “Welcome Week”, the Brown Staff put together some events for our residents to take some time away to relax and get caught up with friends. Our first event was a lemonade stand, complete with lemonade, popsicles, bubbles and chalk! It was fun to see what creative things people drew in the courtyard. The next night, we hosted Night Games, and we made our own

spin on Capture the Flag! We used glowsticks instead, and even though it was really warm, we made

the best of it and my team won! We capped off the Welcome Week events with a pancake feed because

My friend Rachael was tracing Zac's figure onto the sidewalk and entitled it "First Casualty of the Heat" since it was so hot the first few days!

My friend Rachael was tracing Zac’s figure onto the sidewalk and entitled it “First Casualty of the Heat” since it was so hot the first few days!

come on, who doesn’t love free food?! 🙂

Along with our events, CEC hosted its annual Theme Dance, and my unit decided to do a “‘Murica'” theme, so we donned our USA garb and headed to the dance floor. While we parted ways once we actually got to the dance, I still had a pretty good time hanging out with some of my fellow staff members and my friends Lauren and Olivia.

As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely LOVE Teaberry. It’s a great place to hang out, not to mention their smoothies are amazing. Because I think it’s so great,

I went there twice this weekend! Once after the dance and once for staff bonding. Because we’ve started class now and we have our own things to get done, I don’t get to see my staff as much, so as part

Shannon, Kari, and Jesse during staff bonding at Teaberry!

Shannon, Kari, and Jesse during staff bonding at Teaberry!

of a bonding day we cleaned our staff room, went to dinner, and then traveled to Teaberry to just catch up a little bit. Our Hall Director, Laura, taught us how to play a game I’ve never even heard of before! It’s a domino game called Mexican Train, and the goal is to get rid of all your dominoes before anyone else does. Seeing as we’re all pretty competitive, the game got slightly heated!

I’m stressed out to the max. Completely grateful that I have such loving and caring people around me. I’m tired, I don’t know how I am POSSIBLY going to finish everything I need to get done, and I think I may have already gained some of my Sophomore 17, but you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Welcome Home!

Posted in Jasmine Lara on August 26th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – 3 Comments

The school year hasn’t even officially started and I already know that this is going to be a spectacular year. After all the amazing experiences from last year,

During check in Gia came around and took pictures of some of the staff and others helping move in. Sarah, the Unit 1 RA, taught us how to sign "brown" in ASL!

During check in Gia came around and took pictures of some of the staff and others helping move in. Sarah, the Unit 1 RA, taught us how to sign “brown” in ASL!

I didn’t think being at Concordia could get any better, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! Last year I missed out on the move-in day bustle because of forensics, but this year I got to experience something completely different. Because Brown isn’t a freshman dorm, I was graced with the job of sitting at the check-in table throughout the day so our residents could move into their new home! Despite it being almost 100 degrees out, we managed to make the best of it! We teamed up our resources and got some jams pumping throughout the courtyard.

Last year, I felt lost, scared, and completely overwhelmed. There were so many new people, yet I was beyond excited to get to know every single one of my clubbies. This time around, I feel excited, overwhelmed, and genuinely happy that this is the place I call home. Seeing friends from last year was by far one of the best parts of the day.

Even with the excitement of everyone being back, I’m sad to see ResLife training come to an end. I am so thankful to the Pro Staff for giving me this wonderful opportunity. As I mentioned in my last blog, I would need at least four posts to describe how full a single day was! Don’t worry, I’ll probably refer back to some of the things we did in later blogs. There’s no way that I would pass up sharing that experience! As part of a closing celebration, the ResLife and Orientation staff were gifted with a banquet from Catering by Concordia. President Craft, along with Leah

Me and Andrew Carlson, the Director's Assistant for Brown before the banquet. Don't we look great?! ;)

Me and Andrew Carlson, the Director’s Assistant for Brown before the banquet. Don’t we look great?! 😉

(the ResLife Fall Training Chair), and the Orientation chair gave speeches, and we saw a slide show of the past ten

Jesse Differding, my partner in crime! He and I are the ARAs for Brown Hall this year.

Jesse Differding, my partner in crime! He and I are the ARAs for Brown Hall this year.

days. It was fun to see everyone dressed up! After dinner, Pastor Ellie led us in a closing blessing and song. I can’t remember what the words to the song meant, but it astounding how full of feeling a few words can be. It was amazing hearing everyone automatically harmonize. The talent on this campus never ceases to amaze me!

“I wish I had a stupor!”

Posted in Jasmine Lara on August 17th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
I felt really official when I got my name tag and training binder!

I felt really official when I got my name tag and training binder!

Wise words of Andrew Carlson, Directors Assistant in Brown Hall, everyone!

Needless to say, the past four days have been exhausting, fun, challenging, and exciting all rolled into one. It’s been

Mikal did a really good job of keeping our attention!

Mikal did a really good job of keeping our attention!

great to finally have other people on campus again! While I am still getting to know my fellow staff members, I already know that this is going to be a great year.

If I tried to tell you everything we’ve experienced in the first few days of training, I would need at least three blog posts just to explain the first day. It’s definitely been a whirlwind!

On our first day we had a great lunch provided by the wonderful staff in Dining Services, then everyone headed out to the North Mall to do introductions and just have some fun! The ResLife Training committee came up with minute to win it style games, and each hall tried their best to be the first ones done. While Brown Hall sadly didn’t clam any of the first place wins, we DID clam the Megaphone Award, meaning we were the loudest staff that day! I feel like that will continue to be true throughout the year—we’re a talkative bunch :). We also won free Culver’s custard for our hall spirit on the second day by all wearing tie-dye. Last night, we went to Thunder Road, a family-fun place with go karts, laser tag, mini golf, and arcade games to get a break from the work and have some fun. Before heading out, we decided to get our war paint on and dress in all black so that when we took on other hall staffs in laser tag, they wouldn’t even see us coming!

We're tough. No big deal.

We’re tough. No big deal.

Of course, it can’t all be fun and games. The pro staff for ResLife is a really good one, and they’re making sure that we are prepared for any situation by walking us through procedures, giving us opportunities to ask questions, and having really good speakers teaching us how to cope with change, transitions, and everything else that college entails. They’ve even had us act out different scenarios of the handbook so that we can really remember how to react in certain situations. This weekend we’ve been given time to get some rest and work on things four our floors/units. It’ll be a nice break, but I’m interested to see what next week will bring!