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Southern California

I love living in Southern California, especially during the Spring and Summer season. I have been adventuring around the county almost nonstop these past two weeks and it is amazing! I most recently went to Balboa with my friend Lauren and am going back again sometime this week.

Balboa Island (8 miles from CUI) is a ton of fun. A ton of cute homes and shops on a small delectable island, it is a place that you need to check out once. We walked around, grabbed some yogurt, looked at homes, and walked around some more. That’s all you really need to do on Balboa. We spent three hours there and enjoyed every minute of it.

Next time I plan on going back and plan on renting a kayak and go through the bay. I saw some people doing it this past weekend and it looked super cool. I haven’t done it at Balboa but I have in Newport. Balboa seems like a great place to kayak so I can’t wait to go back!

Southern California

I love living in Southern California, especially during the Spring and Summer season. I have been adventuring around the county almost nonstop these past two weeks and it is amazing! I most recently went to Balboa with my friend Lauren and am going back again sometime this week.

Balboa Island (8 miles from CUI) is a ton of fun. A ton of cute homes and shops on a small delectable island, it is a place that you need to check out once. We walked around, grabbed some yogurt, looked at homes, and walked around some more. That’s all you really need to do on Balboa. We spent three hours there and enjoyed every minute of it.

Next time I plan on going back and plan on renting a kayak and go through the bay. I saw some people doing it this past weekend and it looked super cool. I haven’t done it at Balboa but I have in Newport. Balboa seems like a great place to kayak so I can’t wait to go back!

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Caption: My friend Meg and I trying Korean food at Korea House B.B.Q

Trying Something New

I’m a spontaneous person and one of my favorite things to do is try new restaurants. I recently invited my friend Meg to join me at this restaurant called Korea House B.B.Q which is right across the street from Concordia. It sounded like a great idea, until our food arrived at the table…

Now let me start off explaining that growing up my best friend was Korean and her family owned a Korean BBQ restaurant. Whenever I would go to her house her mom would always prepare for me warm rice and seaweed and I would gobble it down like I have never eaten anything in my entire life. I simply love Korean food! However, when I go to a Korean restaurant and do not have someone who is well versed in Korean cuisine with me, well things will go not as planned. 

I thought that I was ordering BBQ beef but no, I actually ordered this vegetable dish with NO meat even though the menu description said beef. I saw the dish, looked at Meg, and decided to give it a go anyway. It wasn’t to my liking. 

I do, however, plan on going back to Korea House B.B.Q with someone who knows what they are doing and have them order me some good authentic Korean BBQ beef. Now that’s where its at.

Caption: My friend Meg and I trying Korean food at Korea House B.B.Q

Trying Something New

I’m a spontaneous person and one of my favorite things to do is try new restaurants. I recently invited my friend Meg to join me at this restaurant called Korea House B.B.Q which is right across the street from Concordia. It sounded like a great idea, until our food arrived at the table…

Now let me start off explaining that growing up my best friend was Korean and her family owned a Korean BBQ restaurant. Whenever I would go to her house her mom would always prepare for me warm rice and seaweed and I would gobble it down like I have never eaten anything in my entire life. I simply love Korean food! However, when I go to a Korean restaurant and do not have someone who is well versed in Korean cuisine with me, well things will go not as planned.

I thought that I was ordering BBQ beef but no, I actually ordered this vegetable dish with NO meat even though the menu description said beef. I saw the dish, looked at Meg, and decided to give it a go anyway. It wasn’t to my liking.

I do, however, plan on going back to Korea House B.B.Q with someone who knows what they are doing and have them order me some good authentic Korean BBQ beef. Now that’s where its at.

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ROCK HARBOR

I’ve recently gone back to church and checked out ROCK HARBOR for the first time and I fell in love with it! The people were amazing, the atmosphere is amazing, the worship the message, all amazing. I felt so comfortable at this church and have been attending ever since.

Last week, my friend Noks got up and spoke her testimony and it touched so many people. People were crying and coming up to her after the service thanking her for sharing her story and for the encouragement that she gave to others. To see the video which I just so happened to capture on video click here. 

God is working in her life and in my life as well. I am so happy for the new friends that God has put in my life and the direction he is taking me. I look forward to attending more services at ROCK HARBOR and seeing how God will work in my life.

ROCK HARBOR

I’ve recently gone back to church and checked out ROCK HARBOR for the first time and I fell in love with it! The people were amazing, the atmosphere is amazing, the worship the message, all amazing. I felt so comfortable at this church and have been attending ever since.

Last week, my friend Noks got up and spoke her testimony and it touched so many people. People were crying and coming up to her after the service thanking her for sharing her story and for the encouragement that she gave to others. To see the video which I just so happened to capture on video click here.

God is working in her life and in my life as well. I am so happy for the new friends that God has put in my life and the direction he is taking me. I look forward to attending more services at ROCK HARBOR and seeing how God will work in my life.

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Concordia’s Cultural Fair

Concordia recently had a cultural fair and I was totally nerding out at it, it was amazing! Free  delicious food from around the world was served, there were traditional dance performances, traditional clothing for students to try on among other things.It was just pure awesomeness. 

At one point I even got up and attempted Tahitian dancing with other students and faculty members, it was a lot of fun. I wanted to join in on the group Irish dancing but I was too far away, I would have to like

Concordia’s Cultural Fair

Concordia recently had a cultural fair and I was totally nerding out at it, it was amazing! Free delicious food from around the world was served, there were traditional dance performances, traditional clothing for students to try on among other things.It was just pure awesomeness.

At one point I even got up and attempted Tahitian dancing with other students and faculty members, it was a lot of fun. I wanted to join in on the group Irish dancing but I was too far away, I would have to like

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California Weather

California is having some amazing weather lately, it is just beautiful. I have been bringing my picnic blanket with my everywhere on campus. In between classes or on my off days I just pull out my blanket and sleep. At first I was getting odd glances but then people started realizing what a brilliant idea I had and have been joining in. I have spotted numerous people being bold enough and sleeping on the grass. I am a trendsetter.

I just lay out there for hours either sleeping or reading or calling my friends over to come and join me. It has been a good week. I plan on continuing this activity for the rest of the school year, or until the end of April which is when school gets out. I will now leave the air conditioned room where I am currently typing and go outside with my blanket enjoying the weather.

California Weather

California is having some amazing weather lately, it is just beautiful. I have been bringing my picnic blanket with my everywhere on campus. In between classes or on my off days I just pull out my blanket and sleep. At first I was getting odd glances but then people started realizing what a brilliant idea I had and have been joining in. I have spotted numerous people being bold enough and sleeping on the grass. I am a trendsetter.

I just lay out there for hours either sleeping or reading or calling my friends over to come and join me. It has been a good week. I plan on continuing this activity for the rest of the school year, or until the end of April which is when school gets out. I will now leave the air conditioned room where I am currently typing and go outside with my blanket enjoying the weather.

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Beach Week

It’s that time of the year. That’s right, it’s beach season and I am dedicating this week to the beach in all of its glory. Temperatures are in the high 70’s and are expected to rise to the mid 80’s and possibly low 90’s. Oh how I love California weather.

Concordia is about ten minutes away from the beach. Newport and Corona Del Mar are the closest and Huntington and Laguna are next to those so students have an array of beaches to choose from. I have always gone to Laguna (as pictured above) but have recently fell in love with Corona Del Mar. Each beach has its own vibe and you just need to check each one out to see which one is best for you.

I plan on going on my off days and inviting all my friends to go with me. On Sunday I went with my mom to Laguna but on Wednesday plan on going to Corona Del Mar or Newport. I don’t want beach week to end but at least summer is right around the corner!

Beach Week

It’s that time of the year. That’s right, it’s beach season and I am dedicating this week to the beach in all of its glory. Temperatures are in the high 70’s and are expected to rise to the mid 80’s and possibly low 90’s. Oh how I love California weather.

Concordia is about ten minutes away from the beach. Newport and Corona Del Mar are the closest and Huntington and Laguna are next to those so students have an array of beaches to choose from. I have always gone to Laguna (as pictured above) but have recently fell in love with Corona Del Mar. Each beach has its own vibe and you just need to check each one out to see which one is best for you.

I plan on going on my off days and inviting all my friends to go with me. On Sunday I went with my mom to Laguna but on Wednesday plan on going to Corona Del Mar or Newport. I don’t want beach week to end but at least summer is right around the corner!

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I’m Sick!

Ugh! I hate being sick, especially at the end of the school year. There is so much for me to do. I have a research paper to write, a newspaper article to write, tests to study for, work I need to go to, a contest I need to run. It’s no fun.

I tend to get seriously sick at least once a semester and it has finally hit me. At least its not finals week because that did happen once and it was not pretty. The good news is is that I only go to school twice a week so it’s not like I’m missing much. Plus I can still do my work from home and submit it to my professors via email so I’m okay. The difficult part is actually getting up and doing that work because my body is screaming at me to not do anything at all.

I want to finish the end of the year strong so I want to get better ASAP! Lot’s of water and vitamin C are in my future so hopefully I’ll get better soon!

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Presidential Academic Showcase
Concordia has this thing called the President’s Academic Showcase where you work one-on-one with a professor on a topic that interests you and present your research to Concordia’s academic community for a chance to win up to $1,500. I was going to do it but I didn’t have time, I was really looking forward to it too. It is a lot of work so that is why I decided not to commit to it. There is so much work that goes into it. You have to write a research paper which can be up to 25 pages long, present your poster at the poster session, and give a twenty minute poster session. It’s intense. The finalists have already been announced and will give their final presentations today at 10:30 A.M in Denault Auditorium. Best of luck to everyone!

Presidential Academic Showcase

Concordia has this thing called the President’s Academic Showcase where you work one-on-one with a professor on a topic that interests you and present your research to Concordia’s academic community for a chance to win up to $1,500. I was going to do it but I didn’t have time, I was really looking forward to it too. It is a lot of work so that is why I decided not to commit to it. There is so much work that goes into it. You have to write a research paper which can be up to 25 pages long, present your poster at the poster session, and give a twenty minute poster session. It’s intense. The finalists have already been announced and will give their final presentations today at 10:30 A.M in Denault Auditorium. Best of luck to everyone!

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Concordia’s Debate Team Places Second at Nationals


Concordia’s speech and debate team did it again! The debate team just came back from the national debate competition, and got second place sweeps! The team did so well that all four teams advanced from the eight preliminary debates and made it to the elimination rounds. One team finished as a triple octofinalist, two teams as a double octofinalist, and one team as an octofinalist which is pretty impressive, especially since it’s a national tournament.
Concordia fell a little short of defending its first place title but came in a close second. This year, Concordia graduated a lot of seniors so to have the team come this far in such a short amount of time is practically unheard of. The good news is that only one person will be graduating (he and his partner are ranked 2nd in the country) and we will be recruiting new members in the coming months.
This week the speech team will be competing at nationals and we are expecting great things from them. Three out of the five top speakers in California go to Concordia which is incredible and only one of them is graduating. I and the rest of the school look forward to what trophies they bring back this week. Go team!

Concordia’s Debate Team Places Second at Nationals


Concordia’s speech and debate team did it again! The debate team just came back from the national debate competition, and got second place sweeps! The team did so well that all four teams advanced from the eight preliminary debates and made it to the elimination rounds. One team finished as a triple octofinalist, two teams as a double octofinalist, and one team as an octofinalist which is pretty impressive, especially since it’s a national tournament.

Concordia fell a little short of defending its first place title but came in a close second. This year, Concordia graduated a lot of seniors so to have the team come this far in such a short amount of time is practically unheard of. The good news is that only one person will be graduating (he and his partner are ranked 2nd in the country) and we will be recruiting new members in the coming months.

This week the speech team will be competing at nationals and we are expecting great things from them. Three out of the five top speakers in California go to Concordia which is incredible and only one of them is graduating. I and the rest of the school look forward to what trophies they bring back this week. Go team!

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Sincerely, Ethiopia

I just saw the screening of Sincerely Ethiopia at Concordia and I really liked it. I am so proud of the director, Nathan Araya, and I just met him that night of the screening, he is such a cool, down to earth guy. Before the screening, he made sure everyone had a seat because the hall was packed. And during the documentary, he sat outside at the table to make room for everyone inside! That just goes to show you what an amazing and kind hearted person he is.

The documentary itself had a great message. When you think of Ethiopia, people tend to think of HIV, lack of food, poor, or helplessness as the documentary explained. However, Sincerely, Ethiopia told the stories of those who are making a positive difference in the country. My favorite story that was told was that of a man who has a dance studio for the disabled in Ethiopia. My favorite part was when Nathan and his crew brought him two large mirrors for his dance studio. His face just lit up! It truly touched my heart. 

The end of the movie highlighted the positive things happening in Ethiopia, it was a powerful message. I highly recommend that people see this movie, you will be inspired.

Sincerely, Ethiopia

I just saw the screening of Sincerely Ethiopia at Concordia and I really liked it. I am so proud of the director, Nathan Araya, and I just met him that night of the screening, he is such a cool, down to earth guy. Before the screening, he made sure everyone had a seat because the hall was packed. And during the documentary, he sat outside at the table to make room for everyone inside! That just goes to show you what an amazing and kind hearted person he is.

The documentary itself had a great message. When you think of Ethiopia, people tend to think of HIV, lack of food, poor, or helplessness as the documentary explained. However, Sincerely, Ethiopia told the stories of those who are making a positive difference in the country. My favorite story that was told was that of a man who has a dance studio for the disabled in Ethiopia. My favorite part was when Nathan and his crew brought him two large mirrors for his dance studio. His face just lit up! It truly touched my heart.

The end of the movie highlighted the positive things happening in Ethiopia, it was a powerful message. I highly recommend that people see this movie, you will be inspired.