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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.

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!

Welcome to Brown Hall!

Posted in Jasmine Lara on August 11th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

ResLife training starts on Wednesday, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve finally started moving into Brown Hall and it’s pretty neat 🙂 It has a different feel than Livedalen does, so I’m interested in seeing how this year pans out!

To let you get more of an inside look of a quad in Brown, I decided to give you a little tour of my new room!

The lovely gift my hall director Laura left me to welcome me to my new room! :)

The lovely gift my hall director Laura left me to welcome me to my new room! 🙂

Move In Tips & Tricks

Posted in Jasmine Lara on July 25th, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

Even though I never left campus, I’m still pretty excited for move in day! I can’t wait to see my friends, get to know some of the incoming students, and get back into the swing of things with class.

My clubbies and I on day three of orientation!

My clubbies and I on day three of orientation!

With move in day being only a month away, I figured that I should probably let you guys in on a couple secrets about moving to college. It may not seem like that big of a deal to some people, but really, it is. The residence hall community at Concordia is so strong; in a couple weeks, your dorm room will be your home.

So, my first piece of advice to you is to pack lightly. If you’re like me and you’re one of those people that packs everything (including the kitchen sink) for those “just in case” moments, you’re going to want to start packing now and slowly weeding out all the things that you don’t need, like ten different pairs of high heels or 15 different ties. Really, you’ll only need one pair for those VERY special occasions, like the formal Harvest Ball, or when you need to dress up for a presentation. That being said, make sure you pack some dress clothes. Some profs do require that you dress up for presentations and speeches. Also pack at least two outfits for warmer weather–while it may be warm the day you move in, the weather is unpredictable!

Try to bring only the things that you know you won’t be able to get/live without when you move to Fargo-Moorhead. The FM area is pretty big—if you need something really badly that you didn’t bring

Don't pack too many clothes, or else your room will end up looking like this!

Don’t pack too many clothes, or else your room will end up looking like this!

with, there’s loads of stores around that you could get one from. Don’t have a car? You’ll end up knowing someone who does. Not to mention Walgreens, Hornbachers, and about 12 different restaurants are within walking distance from campus.

Move in day is going to be BUSY! And (no matter how ready you are to move away) you’re going to be sad when your parents leave, and nervous when you walk into the gym and meet your clubbies for the first time. Just remember to breathe, be patient, and most of all be yourself. There will be loads of people around on move in day to help you get settled in, so if you brought the futon, the fridge, the TV, AND the microwave, don’t sweat it—someone will be glad to help you carry it to the 6th floor of your building. Your clubbies and Orientation Leaders are going to be some of your greatest friends on campus–get to know them right away, and let them know you. Your freshman year is going to be everything you wanted, and so much more! 🙂

Something Every Freshman Needs

Posted in Jasmine Lara on July 23rd, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

Besides at least $100 for textbooks, is a planner.

Before coming to college, I was pretty set on my ways of being “organized”. I would write down what class I had homework for on my hand, and when I got home I would probably remember what exactly it was that I needed to do. If I didn’t, then one of my friends would be kind enough to remind me what the assignment was.

The month before finals can be hectic! The picture on the left is what my planner looked like at the beginning of the week. By Friday, my planner looked like the picture on the right.

The month before finals can be hectic! The picture on the left is what my planner looked like at the beginning of the week. By Friday, my planner looked like the picture on the right.

But in college, just writing down the class you have homework for in your hand is definitely not a good way to keep track of your homework. Because most classes don’t meet every day, not all your homework is due the day after it’s assigned like it was in high school. Not to mention you will often have assignments that aren’t due for a good month or so after they are assigned. You’re going to want to get a head start on those the day you know what to do…usually there’s a reason why they’re given a month in advance. There is nothing worse than it being 1AM and realizing that the paper worth 40% of your grade is due at 8:00 AM. Trust me, I know from experience.

To stay organized, I started using a planner and by the end of the school year, I had my own type of

My schedule for the next three months!

My schedule for the next three months!

system down. I sometimes even used the sticky notes app on my Mac and real sticky notes to leave myself reminders everywhere.

The nice thing about having a planner is that you can use it however little or however much you want, and you can get one that works specifically for you. You can usually find some really cheap ones at Wal-Mart, but if you wanted one tailored to Concordia the Cobber Bookstore  has one available with all the important dates you need to know on campus. I use mine all the time, and I consider it to be my anchor to everything I do. Because I am pretty busy, it’s hard for me to remember things without writing them down. I’ve already started my planner for this

upcoming school year with my work schedules, important dates pertaining to Residence Life or Homecoming, and other important things I need to remember.