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Winsome Work

Posted in Mackenzie McCloud on December 15th, 2014 by Mackenzie McCloud – Be the first to comment
It's always a great day to be a Cobber!

My boss affectionately nailed me in the face with a box of candy on my first day. It was awesome.

They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I wholeheartedly agree with that.

I could talk for days about what I’m lovin’ in Cobberville. I love the fact that “Cobber” is Yiddish for ‘comrade’ and 20th century Australian slang for ‘long time friend or companion,’ and that those definitions perfectly match this college’s atmosphere. I love that my least favorite thing about this school is how much I want/am enticed to be involved in EVERYTHING. I love that people here call me Georgia. I love my softball team, all my fellow athletes, my musically-inclined friends, my classes, my professors, the adventures, the squirrels, the FOOD – all of it.

And I love that it’s my job to talk about all of it.

Working with Admissions as a Student Ambassador has been one of the coolest parts about being here at Concordia. Great doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling I have when I call prospective students, or send them a postcard, or host them here at the school. They’re always asking me how I ‘ended up’ in Moorhead, Minnesota, of all places. My standard response is that I spun a globe and just pointed – “Hmm, guess I’m going to school somewhere in North Dakota. Or is that Minnesota? My finger’s right on the border..” – which is a fun ice breaker for when I go into why I’m actually here: It’s an awesome place to be.

Along with sharing the fabulousness of Concordia, I really enjoy just getting to know people. I have a blast with all of my fellow Ambassadors and talking life with everyone who works the perks of the Welcome Center – one of which, I learned today, is signing a dog’s cast. I actually feel really uncomfortable not talking to someone who’s chilling in the waiting area. I like hearing what potential Niblets and Niblettes (my nicknames for prospies) are interested in. I like sharing stories and a bowl of mixed ‘puppy chow’ with Ashley and my hall-mates, chatting with Conner over the phone about how ridiculous it is when umpires make a bad call because they’re out of position on the field, and even discovering why someone is so excited to be going somewhere other than here.

I love sharing what makes me smile, and Conco definitely makes me smile. And if you spend even a little time here, you’ll find I’m not the only one who feels that it’s always a great day to be a Cobber!

 

It Was A Pretty Great Sunday

Posted in Jasmine Lara on March 17th, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
Sarah and Matthew did an awesome job dancing during one of the choir's songs!

Sarah and Matthew did an awesome job dancing during one of the choir’s songs!

Usually I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off on Sundays, but this time around I would say it was a pretty good day!

Having my Chapel Choir friends come back from tour was a great enough way to start my day, but what made it even better was being able to attend their home concert here on campus. They had a pretty amazing selection of music–they did Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre and In the Beginning by Aaron Copland to name their two bigger pieces. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the concert, I highly recommend

watching the stream here; it was such an amazing concert! Not only did they showcase their talent with music, but some of the choir members danced during one of their pieces, and you could tell they put a lot of practice into making sure it was an amazing show!

The second reason it was an amazing Sunday was because of my Homecoming meeting. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m lucky enough to be serving on the Homecoming committee again this year as the

My friend Kevin gets pretty expressive when he sings!

My friend Kevin gets pretty expressive when he sings!

Design Coordinator. Last night as a fun activity we had Allison Richards, a senior here at Concordia, come in and lead the committee in some laughter yoga. Laughter yoga is a form of yoga that’s focused

more on posture and poses, but laughing at the same time. It was a great way to loosen up for the rest of the meeting. Who

Allison lead us through a fun "row the boat" section during laughter yoga--as you can see, the committee really got into it!

Allison lead us through a fun “row the boat” section during laughter yoga–as you can see, the committee really got into it!

doesn’t love to laugh? We’re trying really hard to collaborate more as a group, so after meeting individually we asked everyone to go around and write down ideas and feedback they might have for other committees. It was a good way to get our brains working! Next week, we’re going to (hopefully) start thinking of logo ideas–we’ve already decided on a theme, but that’s still classified information! 🙂 It’s going to be a great year for this year’s Homecoming committee, I can already tell!

A Weekend of Firsts

Posted in Jasmine Lara on October 14th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
This is how we decorated the entrance to the Harvest Ball! It was a spur of the moment idea, but I'm so happy with the way it turned out!

This is how we decorated the entrance to the Harvest Ball! It was a spur of the moment idea, but I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

Before this weekend, I didn’t know how to tie a balloon. I had never had a Panera bagel, and I’d surprisingly never slow danced with anyone before. I’d never before had to decorate a huge stadium at 6:30 in the morning. I probably couldn’t tell you what the proper way to

Me and my friends Olivia, Risa, and Lauren at the Harvest Ball!

Me and my friends Olivia, Risa, and Lauren at the Harvest Ball!

wrap a pole in gleam and stream was…before this weekend, I definitely couldn’t have told you how much of a rush it is knowing that you helped plan an amazing event.

While this whole week was incredible, this weekend was everything I could have asked for and more. I finally experienced all the things I just listed, and so much more. The week was busy enough with coronation, worship services, the bonfire, and Frosh Frolics–by the time Friday rolled around, I was tired, excited, and most of all, nervous. I was lucky enough to be given the honor of planning this year’s Harvest Ball, which took place on Friday night. My stomach was in knots all day, and my nails are probably permanently ruined from me anxiously biting them. When I first got assigned to Harvest Ball, I was a

My lovely fellow committee members, Sara and Hannah!

My lovely fellow committee members, Sara and Hannah!

little anxious—I’m not really a dance type of person, and I can honestly say that before this weekend I had never stayed at a dance in its entirety. Now that I know how fun it is though, I really regret not doing it before this.

Fellow blogger Kelsey and I before the Homecoming Parade! It was raining and really cold, but we still had a lot of fun!

Fellow blogger Kelsey and I before the Homecoming Parade! It was raining and really cold, but we still had a lot of fun!

I’m still pretty sore from all the dancing that night! All of my friends came to support me–even the ones that don’t really like dances. It meant so much to have so many people that I love there. People have been approaching me all weekend thanking me for such a good time on Friday night!

Before the dance, we attended the alumni banquet where we got to have dinner with the Cobbers that were returning home. The banquet and the football game on Saturday really showed me how full of pride Cobbers are, whether they’re still in school or not. Cobbers are so lucky to call this home that we had alumni

My friend Jesse and I at the football game!

My friend Jesse and I at the football game!

from the class of 1948 return for Homecoming this weekend! Typically classes stop returning after their 50 year reunion, but there were alumni that missed home so much, they had to keep coming back!

I’ve already started the countdown for next year. Soli Deo Gloria.

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.

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.