Working in admissions has allowed me to be a huge part of the planning and behind-the-scene work that goes into making each perspective student’s experience a unique and memorable one. When I applied to be a student ambassador for this school year, I don’t think I realized how much I was going to wind up loving my job. My student ambassador role includes giving tours, working the reception area/taking calls, and help with anything that needs to be done on big admitted student days.
I love the fact that I am one of the very first faces that a person gets to know when they step foot on our campus (and for some, this the very first time ever). It can be a challenge to reach people and have them truly open up to me, but I love forcing myself to get out of my comfort zone and to figure out what it is they’re looking for here. Once I get to know a perspective student, I enjoy making their tour specific and unique to them.
To do this, I need to know more than just what they’re looking to study. Although a person’s potential major can tell a lot about a person, I also believe I need to dig deeper and find out the roots of their passions in life. If they are into theatre, I will go out of my way to talk about theatre. If they are into sports, I will talk a ton about our different sports teams. No matter who they are or what they love, I like to find their niche and show them why Concordia might be a perfect fit for them.
It is very rare for a college student to get to go to a fancy restaurant while at school (without their parents taking them there), so, when it does happen, it is a very special event. This past weekend a group of friends and I went to Maggiano’s Little Italy, a very nice Italian restaurant. I personally do not have the money to blow on a very delicious, yet very expensive, meal at a restaurant like that, but a friend of mine was lucky enough to win a $100 gift card, courtesy of Concordia, because he was won Best Fan at a women’s hockey game back a couple months. He was also nice enough to share that $100 with six of his friends, myself included. more “Dinner at Maggiano’s”
Good Friday is the saddest day of the year for me. It’s the time we celebrate the ultimate sacrifice, but remember that we are the ones that sent Jesus to the cross. But, at the end, we find hope, knowing the story is not over. Sunday is coming. more “Holy Week: Part 2”
Holy Week is a time of the year that many people don’t realize even exists, but for many Christians, it is a time of emotional rollercoasters. It starts off with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. more “Holy Week: Part 1”
This year was the first year I was able to play competitive volleyball. Since I was in middle school or so, I had been learning how to play volleyball with my family. Then in high school, I did a few volleyball events at the high school gym. Then in college, I did intramurals, but decided I wanted to try doing volleyball competitively for once. We had a really fun season! more “More Than Just Volleyball”
For just about everyone, the first day where wearing shorts is actually comfortable is dreamed about during the long winter months. The tunnels are amazing for those cold and snowy days when going outside is dreadful, but after a while you start to miss fresh air and sunshine on your face every once in a while. The second it gets warm, people are rushing out the doors to soak it all in. Also, the new craze of hammocking took over Concordia this past Saturday with hammocks stretched between the trees that outline the chapel courtyard. The brightly colored swaying furniture lined the sidewalk with content college students inside them, taking in the outdoors once again.
Everyone did their own thing within their portable recliner. Some napped, some read, some did homework in the peaceful atmosphere. Some hammocks contained more than one person at a time, but none of the people inside could possibly have been less than happy. Sunny weather and relaxing in a hammock does that to a person. It makes the homework and projects leading up to the finish line at the end of the semester a little more bearable. I was lucky enough to borrow a friend’s hammock, but I cannot wait to get my own because they are the greatest thing that came to the outdoors (except maybe volleyball), and the trees in the chapel courtyard are line up and spaced out so perfectly, as if they were planted in such a way to allow for hammocking. I can’t wait to get my own and start doing it every day.