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The Lowdown: How To Get Involved at Concordia
Caption: My bible study girls!
 There are many opportunities to get involved here at Concordia. Here I will list the different programs we have as well as offer a brief explanation.

Clubs and Organizations
Concordia University Irvine offers a number of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. A club fair will be held in the beginning of the year for students to learn more about each club. If you want to create a club, you need to download the clubs and organizations proposal packet and forward it to Brianna Springer.
Student Groups
Students groups can be found at the bottom of the clubs and organizations page. Current groups include CUI Bono, student leadership, student newspaper, speech and debate, student yearbook, theatre, and music ensembles. Groups are a great option for new students because groups typically consist of like minded people making it easy to make new friends.
ASCUI
Also known as The Associated Students of Concordia University Irvine, ASCUI is pretty much the voice of the students to administration. In order to be apart of ASCUI, you’d need to be elected in. All information regarding the elections can be found here. ASCUI is a good opportunity for those who want to hold leadership positions on campus.
LEAD
The Leadership, Education, and Development Program is all about student involvement. Different teams focus on different activities such as intramural sports and outdoor rec. Applications are available in January for the following school year.
abby west
If you would like to get involved in our church ministry, then abby west is the place to go. For more information, please contact Reverend Quinton Anderson.
PAL’s
These people are the Peer Advising Leaders. Everyone who comes to Concordia will have a PAL so they play a very important role here at Concordia. They are here for all new students to help make that transition easier. Sometime during the year, students who are interested in becoming a PAL will have the opportunity to shadow them to get a better idea of what they do. If you are interested, you can apply in January for the following school year.
RA’s
An RA is a Resident Assistant who lives in the dorms to monitor, manage, and engage with students. This is a tough job but it can also be rewarding, plus you receive free housing. Applications are available in January for the following school year.
Living Learning Communities
Living Learning Communities are theme-based residential learning environments. They often hold events to engage students so this is a great way to get active and meet people.
Working on Campus
Another way to get involved is by working on campus. Many students chose to work on campus and it not only gets you involved, but you get paid as well. Check out the career website for current job openings. Jobs are usually posted before and after the first week of school so check frequently.
If I missed anything please feel free to leave a comment below. There are so many ways to get involved on campus that I am bound to forget something. Best of luck to our new and returning Concordia students for the 2014-2015 school year!

The Lowdown: How To Get Involved at Concordia

Caption: My bible study girls!

 There are many opportunities to get involved here at Concordia. Here I will list the different programs we have as well as offer a brief explanation.

Clubs and Organizations

Concordia University Irvine offers a number of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. A club fair will be held in the beginning of the year for students to learn more about each club. If you want to create a club, you need to download the clubs and organizations proposal packet and forward it to Brianna Springer.

Student Groups

Students groups can be found at the bottom of the clubs and organizations page. Current groups include CUI Bono, student leadership, student newspaper, speech and debate, student yearbook, theatre, and music ensembles. Groups are a great option for new students because groups typically consist of like minded people making it easy to make new friends.

ASCUI

Also known as The Associated Students of Concordia University Irvine, ASCUI is pretty much the voice of the students to administration. In order to be apart of ASCUI, you’d need to be elected in. All information regarding the elections can be found here. ASCUI is a good opportunity for those who want to hold leadership positions on campus.

LEAD

The Leadership, Education, and Development Program is all about student involvement. Different teams focus on different activities such as intramural sports and outdoor rec. Applications are available in January for the following school year.

abby west

If you would like to get involved in our church ministry, then abby west is the place to go. For more information, please contact Reverend Quinton Anderson.

PAL’s

These people are the Peer Advising Leaders. Everyone who comes to Concordia will have a PAL so they play a very important role here at Concordia. They are here for all new students to help make that transition easier. Sometime during the year, students who are interested in becoming a PAL will have the opportunity to shadow them to get a better idea of what they do. If you are interested, you can apply in January for the following school year.

RA’s

An RA is a Resident Assistant who lives in the dorms to monitor, manage, and engage with students. This is a tough job but it can also be rewarding, plus you receive free housing. Applications are available in January for the following school year.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities are theme-based residential learning environments. They often hold events to engage students so this is a great way to get active and meet people.

Working on Campus

Another way to get involved is by working on campus. Many students chose to work on campus and it not only gets you involved, but you get paid as well. Check out the career website for current job openings. Jobs are usually posted before and after the first week of school so check frequently.

If I missed anything please feel free to leave a comment below. There are so many ways to get involved on campus that I am bound to forget something. Best of luck to our new and returning Concordia students for the 2014-2015 school year!

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The Struggle Is Real

Caption: This Vox.com infographic explains the main contributing reasons why college students drop out of school.

In my last article, I talked about the importance of working while in college. However, working too much can result in you dropping out from college. In an article from Vox.com entitled The Real Target of Starbucks’ Tuition Plan: College Dropouts, explains that college students drop out of college because of financial problems. 

Money can be a big hinderance for people, it is for me but I am learning that I shouldn’t let my financial difficulties hold me back from receiving a college degree because in the long run, it’s going to pay off. 

I like this Estimate Study Tools guide by Utah State University, it helps you calculate the number of hours you should study for each class. To help you figure out just how many hours you can work per week use this equation: 168 hours (in one week) - the number of hours you are in class - the number of hours you should be studying = the maximum number of hours you can work a week. Of course you need to count in other things like eating, sleeping, and having fun (which you MUST calculate in to stay sane). 

My advice, kick back and enjoy life to the fullest while at the same time devoting yourself to your schoolwork and slaving away at work. Life is too short to be stressing over money and graduating college should be one of your top priorities. 

This topic is close to my heart so if anyone would like additional advice or tips please feel free to contact me at shea.frates@eagles.cui.edu.

The Struggle Is Real

Caption: This Vox.com infographic explains the main contributing reasons why college students drop out of school.

In my last article, I talked about the importance of working while in college. However, working too much can result in you dropping out from college. In an article from Vox.com entitled The Real Target of Starbucks’ Tuition Plan: College Dropouts, explains that college students drop out of college because of financial problems.

Money can be a big hinderance for people, it is for me but I am learning that I shouldn’t let my financial difficulties hold me back from receiving a college degree because in the long run, it’s going to pay off.

I like this Estimate Study Tools guide by Utah State University, it helps you calculate the number of hours you should study for each class. To help you figure out just how many hours you can work per week use this equation: 168 hours (in one week) - the number of hours you are in class - the number of hours you should be studying = the maximum number of hours you can work a week. Of course you need to count in other things like eating, sleeping, and having fun (which you MUST calculate in to stay sane).

My advice, kick back and enjoy life to the fullest while at the same time devoting yourself to your schoolwork and slaving away at work. Life is too short to be stressing over money and graduating college should be one of your top priorities.

This topic is close to my heart so if anyone would like additional advice or tips please feel free to contact me at shea.frates@eagles.cui.edu.

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Working While In College

Caption: This Vox.com bar chart shows how many hours per week the average college student works.

Working while in college can be a difficult thing, believe me I know. But I think that if you do it the right way, it can be really beneficial for you in the long run.

1. You get working experience.

One of the reasons why I would recommend working while in college is because you get real working experience. Once you graduate college, employers will not only look to see if you have a degree, but if you have any experience which pertains to the position you are applying to. If you are a highly qualified candidate with no relevant experience and they compare you to another applicant who is just as qualified as you but has been in an internship, most likely they are going to hire the other person. 

2. Is this really what you want to do with your life?

Once you get that job in the industry you want you may realize that this isn’t what you want to do for the rest of your life, and that’s okay! In fact it happened to me. The sooner you realize this the better because you don’t want to waste your time and your money in college. 

3. Make extra money. 

Having a job in college means that you are making your own money to spend however you want whenever you want. It teaches you money managment and gives you responsibility over your finances. 

4. Make connections.

Believe it or not networking is the way of the world. One of your coworkers or bosses may know someone who knows someone who is hiring at the company you’ve set your eyes on after graduation. And if you make a favorable impression, these connections can be used as future recommendations.

If you need help with anything, the Concordia Career Center can answer any questions that you have. And if you are looking for work, please visit the Concordia Career Website for all the latest postings.

Working While In College

Caption: This Vox.com bar chart shows how many hours per week the average college student works.

Working while in college can be a difficult thing, believe me I know. But I think that if you do it the right way, it can be really beneficial for you in the long run.

1. You get working experience.

One of the reasons why I would recommend working while in college is because you get real working experience. Once you graduate college, employers will not only look to see if you have a degree, but if you have any experience which pertains to the position you are applying to. If you are a highly qualified candidate with no relevant experience and they compare you to another applicant who is just as qualified as you but has been in an internship, most likely they are going to hire the other person.

2. Is this really what you want to do with your life?

Once you get that job in the industry you want you may realize that this isn’t what you want to do for the rest of your life, and that’s okay! In fact it happened to me. The sooner you realize this the better because you don’t want to waste your time and your money in college.

3. Make extra money.

Having a job in college means that you are making your own money to spend however you want whenever you want. It teaches you money managment and gives you responsibility over your finances.

4. Make connections.

Believe it or not networking is the way of the world. One of your coworkers or bosses may know someone who knows someone who is hiring at the company you’ve set your eyes on after graduation. And if you make a favorable impression, these connections can be used as future recommendations.

If you need help with anything, the Concordia Career Center can answer any questions that you have. And if you are looking for work, please visit the Concordia Career Website for all the latest postings.

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Listening to God

I recently rededicated my life to Christ and it was one of the most amazing experiences ever. Being an active follower of Christ, reading His word, and praying have become an integral part of my life and I can see just how God is working in my life. One such example was when I visited the farmers market recently at the Orange County Great Orange Park. 

I woke up one Sunday morning, being as spontaneous as ever, I did some research on local free things in the area. Lo and behold I found the Orange County Great Orange Park farmer’s market which was coincidentally located here in Irvine. I immediately started getting ready, made my mother get ready as fast as she possibly could (because it takes her FOREVER to get ready) and we rushed over to the park to attend the Sunday morning farmer’s market. 

Just as we start walking around I notice a booth to our immediate right. The woman working at the booth immediately starts calling us over to try her product, she sells gourmet cookies. So my mother and I head over and strike up conversation. I take a look around her booth, “Everything looks well put together but I bet she doesn’t use social media. I should tell her to get on Instagram,” I thought to myself. Then God spoke to me, “No, you need to help her out.” “Oh my goodness God just spoke to me, what do I do?!” I thought. “You need to help her out,” He said again. I begin wrestling with my thoughts, “Oh no this is way too weird, are you kidding me!” “Ask her if she is a Christian,” God said. “Um okay,” I responded.

So as my mother and I are trying the various cookie samples I boldly said, “So this is a random question but are you a Christian?” “Yes…,” she said. “Okay, I know this sounds really weird but God told me to help you with your business. I work in social media…” Her face immediately lights up. “I just got mad at my husband this morning to help me put my stuff online!” she proclaimed. “Okay, this is too weird,” I thought. We begin talking about me and what I do and my ideas on how I can help. She gave me her business card and some free cookies and we went our separate ways.

It’s been a couple weeks since then and I am so happy that I listened to God that day. I am creating her company logo, taking product pictures, updating her Facebook page, creating her Twitter and Instagram accounts, and even creating her company website. I have even become like a big sister to her daughter who is so super sweet and who really needed someone to look up to because she has been bullied at school. God not only used my skills to help her business but has placed the spirit of mentorship on my heart to help guide her daughter through this difficult time. I try to listen to God every chance I get because I have come to realize through experience that His plan is greater than our own.

Listening to God

I recently rededicated my life to Christ and it was one of the most amazing experiences ever. Being an active follower of Christ, reading His word, and praying have become an integral part of my life and I can see just how God is working in my life. One such example was when I visited the farmers market recently at the Orange County Great Orange Park.

I woke up one Sunday morning, being as spontaneous as ever, I did some research on local free things in the area. Lo and behold I found the Orange County Great Orange Park farmer’s market which was coincidentally located here in Irvine. I immediately started getting ready, made my mother get ready as fast as she possibly could (because it takes her FOREVER to get ready) and we rushed over to the park to attend the Sunday morning farmer’s market.

Just as we start walking around I notice a booth to our immediate right. The woman working at the booth immediately starts calling us over to try her product, she sells gourmet cookies. So my mother and I head over and strike up conversation. I take a look around her booth, “Everything looks well put together but I bet she doesn’t use social media. I should tell her to get on Instagram,” I thought to myself. Then God spoke to me, “No, you need to help her out.” “Oh my goodness God just spoke to me, what do I do?!” I thought. “You need to help her out,” He said again. I begin wrestling with my thoughts, “Oh no this is way too weird, are you kidding me!” “Ask her if she is a Christian,” God said. “Um okay,” I responded.

So as my mother and I are trying the various cookie samples I boldly said, “So this is a random question but are you a Christian?” “Yes…,” she said. “Okay, I know this sounds really weird but God told me to help you with your business. I work in social media…” Her face immediately lights up. “I just got mad at my husband this morning to help me put my stuff online!” she proclaimed. “Okay, this is too weird,” I thought. We begin talking about me and what I do and my ideas on how I can help. She gave me her business card and some free cookies and we went our separate ways.

It’s been a couple weeks since then and I am so happy that I listened to God that day. I am creating her company logo, taking product pictures, updating her Facebook page, creating her Twitter and Instagram accounts, and even creating her company website. I have even become like a big sister to her daughter who is so super sweet and who really needed someone to look up to because she has been bullied at school. God not only used my skills to help her business but has placed the spirit of mentorship on my heart to help guide her daughter through this difficult time. I try to listen to God every chance I get because I have come to realize through experience that His plan is greater than our own.

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Irvine Korean Cultural Festival


On Saturday May 17th, the City of Irvine hosted the 5th Irvine Korean Cultural Festival and I decided to go check it out. One of my summer goals is to learn Korean so what a great opportunity to go to a Korean festival! I arrived at the Irvine Civic Center around noon and quickly found myself being entertained by numerous acts and performances. I even participated in the Choco Pie eating contest which was caught on video at 1:15 (I encourage you to watch the whole video).

Concordia University Irvine was also one of the sponsors of the festival and held a booth throughout the event. Concordia has an exchange program with Hannam University in Korea so it would only be fitting to participate in the festival.

I really enjoyed myself and I encourage everyone in the Orange County area to attend next year. I plan on practicing my Kpop dancing skills over the course of the coming year so that I can enter the Kpop Cover Dance competition. Maybe you’ll see me on the stage next year, you never know.

Photo 1: Taking a selfie on the stage before the Choco Pie eating contest began.

Photo 2: Concordia University Irvine was a sponsor of the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival.

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It’s Over

Wow, I can’t believe that this year is already over. This has certainly been a year full of many ups and downs full of new experiences, new friends, and new adventures. Looking back, I am amazed at what transpired over this past school year.

The fall semester was really difficult for me, it was not an easy transition. But once I got the hang of it, the spring semester became a lot easier for me. I became a lot more involved on campus and began reaching out to new people.

This coming fall, I plan on living on campus and continuing my involvement with the speech and debate team in addition to working and my classes. One piece of advice that I have for anyone entering college is to not take on too much at once. I was over enthusiastic about transferring to a university and realized that I was not able to handle it all.

Thank you to those who have helped me this past year, I wouldn’t have been able to make it through without you. Thank you to my readers who have been following my blog, I hope that I was able to help you in some way or another. And thank you to God who has given me the strength to persevere and make it through to the very end.

Summer is here and I am ecstatic to start going to the beach on a weekly basis and venturing to the library. Tata for now, see you in the fall!

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How To Survive Finals

It’s finals week and everyone is dreading it. Summer vacation is just around the corner and this week couldn’t go by any slower. Graduation is on Saturday, everyone wants to get home to their families, and yet the one obstacle standing in the way are finals. So how can finals week go by a little bit smoother?

1. Plan it out.
There is nothing worse than not knowing what finals you have and being unprepared for them. Set up a calendar and schedule your time accordingly.

2. Don’t procrastinate.
Time will go by fast so make sure that you don’t waste your time because your time is valuable.

3. Set up a study group.
Study groups are a great idea, especially when you need to bounce your ideas off of others. You can even create a group study guide which will help you for the final.

4. Make some time for yourself.
But not too much time. If you find yourself about to explode then stop and take a short break. Go for a walk, drink some tea, do something that makes you relax. If you are tense and stressed out then it will be difficult for you to focus.

I hope that everyone will have a god finals week, best of luck to everyone!

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Why I Chose CUI
I really love it here at Concordia but believe it or not I would’ve never imagined myself going here. Why? Well for one I never heard of it even though I lived down the street and I never thought that I could afford it. Well God is good because I am now here living happily ever after. Just kidding! But I want to tell you why I chose Concordia.

1. They had my major.

Originally I wanted to major in International Studies but I was leaning more towards Communications. In the end, I chose Communications with an emphasis in Mass Comm and I couldn’t have been happier. The Comm program is great and has provided me with so many opportunities. There are also so many opportunities to get involved internationally like the ATW trip or through Global Village events. Concordia satisfies both my love for all things international and my love of communications.

2. The campus is beautiful.

When I first heard about Concordia I asked my mom to accompany me and we took a self guided tour of the campus. The moment we drove up the hill I knew that this was the school for me. It was simply beautiful! I was envisioning me pulling out my picnic blanket and laying out on the grass (which I do religiously now). Concordia overlooks Orange County and has stunning views, it’s gorgeous.

3. I could afford it.

Shocker right! Concordia is a private school making it pricier than state schools but it is drastically cheaper than other private schools. Financial aid covered half of my tuition while Concordia scholarships covered the other half. Sweet deal if you ask me!

4. Small class sizes, small school.

I really wanted to go to a small school, I was not looking forward to sitting in a huge lecture hall where my professors did not know my name. Here at Concordia, all my profs know who I am and if I need help I can go directly to them without hesitation. On top of that, it is a small campus so I knew who I go to school with as well.

Why I Chose CUI
I really love it here at Concordia but believe it or not I would’ve never imagined myself going here. Why? Well for one I never heard of it even though I lived down the street and I never thought that I could afford it. Well God is good because I am now here living happily ever after. Just kidding! But I want to tell you why I chose Concordia.

1. They had my major.

Originally I wanted to major in International Studies but I was leaning more towards Communications. In the end, I chose Communications with an emphasis in Mass Comm and I couldn’t have been happier. The Comm program is great and has provided me with so many opportunities. There are also so many opportunities to get involved internationally like the ATW trip or through Global Village events. Concordia satisfies both my love for all things international and my love of communications.

2. The campus is beautiful.

When I first heard about Concordia I asked my mom to accompany me and we took a self guided tour of the campus. The moment we drove up the hill I knew that this was the school for me. It was simply beautiful! I was envisioning me pulling out my picnic blanket and laying out on the grass (which I do religiously now). Concordia overlooks Orange County and has stunning views, it’s gorgeous.

3. I could afford it.

Shocker right! Concordia is a private school making it pricier than state schools but it is drastically cheaper than other private schools. Financial aid covered half of my tuition while Concordia scholarships covered the other half. Sweet deal if you ask me!

4. Small class sizes, small school.

I really wanted to go to a small school, I was not looking forward to sitting in a huge lecture hall where my professors did not know my name. Here at Concordia, all my profs know who I am and if I need help I can go directly to them without hesitation. On top of that, it is a small campus so I knew who I go to school with as well.

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What Should I Do Over Summer?

This question has been lingering with me for some time now and as a college student, my initial response is do absolutely nothing but that isn’t very productive. I envision myself waking up late, wearing my pajamas, eating pizza and watching anime for 12 hours (which sounds like heaven to me) but I know that I would just waste my summer if I did those things. 

1. Work.

Isn’t this one obvious enough? By working over summer, you can build up your resume and save money that you can use over the course of the coming school year.

2. Learn something new.

For example, this summer I plan on learning Korean and Photoshop. Why? Because I will be living in Global Village and I want to be able to communicate with our Korean international students and Photoshop because it will be needed for my job next year.

3. Explore.

I simply love exploring over summer vacation. I just get out and go wherever my heart desires. You will find so many new places in your area that you would have never expected, it is wonderful. Bring a friend, it’s a lot of fun!

4. Sleep in.

This one goes without explanation.

5. Do traditional summer activities.

Go on vacation or go to the beach, it is still summer and you should enjoy it. Don’t forget work and play go hand in hand!

What Should I Do Over Summer?

This question has been lingering with me for some time now and as a college student, my initial response is do absolutely nothing but that isn’t very productive. I envision myself waking up late, wearing my pajamas, eating pizza and watching anime for 12 hours (which sounds like heaven to me) but I know that I would just waste my summer if I did those things.

1. Work.

Isn’t this one obvious enough? By working over summer, you can build up your resume and save money that you can use over the course of the coming school year.

2. Learn something new.

For example, this summer I plan on learning Korean and Photoshop. Why? Because I will be living in Global Village and I want to be able to communicate with our Korean international students and Photoshop because it will be needed for my job next year.

3. Explore.

I simply love exploring over summer vacation. I just get out and go wherever my heart desires. You will find so many new places in your area that you would have never expected, it is wonderful. Bring a friend, it’s a lot of fun!

4. Sleep in.

This one goes without explanation.

5. Do traditional summer activities.

Go on vacation or go to the beach, it is still summer and you should enjoy it. Don’t forget work and play go hand in hand!

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How To Get Involved In College

One thing I struggled with last semester was involvement. As a transfer/commuter, I was probably one of the least involved people here at Concordia. But before I transferred, I told myself that I wanted to get that college experience that I never had. I didn’t want to go back on my promise to myself so during the spring semester I put it into action. Now I have people coming up and telling me how involved I am. I am in shock! I still don’t think I’m all that involved but clearly my actions made a difference. How did I do it? Let me tell you!

1. Attend every event.

And I mean every event! If there was an event on campus I was there. I would receive a text message an hour before the event would start with people asking to go with me because they knew that I would be there.

2. Find an activity that you enjoy and get involved.

For me, that’s speech and debate and my job as a social media intern but I know people who do things completely different from me. My friends are RA’s, work with Abbey West, go on missions trips, plan events, play sports. There are so many opportunities, you just need to go find them and join.

3. Be spontaneous.

My spontaneity has brought so many opportunites to me, you just need to be open minded and do it. Want to join that intramural soccer team? Just do it! Night of Hope? Just go! Want to be an admissions tour guide? Just apply! The concept is simple and you can apply it to any on campus involvement.

How To Get Involved In College

One thing I struggled with last semester was involvement. As a transfer/commuter, I was probably one of the least involved people here at Concordia. But before I transferred, I told myself that I wanted to get that college experience that I never had. I didn’t want to go back on my promise to myself so during the spring semester I put it into action. Now I have people coming up and telling me how involved I am. I am in shock! I still don’t think I’m all that involved but clearly my actions made a difference. How did I do it? Let me tell you!

1. Attend every event.

And I mean every event! If there was an event on campus I was there. I would receive a text message an hour before the event would start with people asking to go with me because they knew that I would be there.

2. Find an activity that you enjoy and get involved.

For me, that’s speech and debate and my job as a social media intern but I know people who do things completely different from me. My friends are RA’s, work with Abbey West, go on missions trips, plan events, play sports. There are so many opportunities, you just need to go find them and join.

3. Be spontaneous.

My spontaneity has brought so many opportunites to me, you just need to be open minded and do it. Want to join that intramural soccer team? Just do it! Night of Hope? Just go! Want to be an admissions tour guide? Just apply! The concept is simple and you can apply it to any on campus involvement.