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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.

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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!