Working in Admissions

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.

Mo’s Irish Pub

I have always been a huge fan of finding cool restaurants in big cities.  Because Concordia is only 25 minutes from the heart of downtown Milwaukee, exploring everything it has to offer is one of my most favorite things to do.  Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went downtown for dinner.

Because it was a Sunday night, we didn’t think the restaurants were going to be full.. but we were wrong.  After walking down many streets, we finally found  a restaurant that would take all six of us.  It was called Mo’s Irish Pub.  To start the meal, we decided that an appetizer (or two) of cheese curds would be a wonderful option.  To follow, we all tried a variety of fun Irish dishes.

When we were full and ready to go, we walked by to the parking structure and enjoyed the beautiful buildings/old structures that engulf this sweet city.  As the warm spring sun warmed my skin, I was able to finally relax a little from this crazy academic schedule.

Although it’s hard in college to take a whole weekend off from schoolwork (because there’s always so much to d0), I love to take a night off here and there to get off campus and hang out with friends.  Even though schoolwork is the main focus/reason a person goes to college, don’t let it take over your life.  It’s okay to mix in some great nights of fun, rather than only focusing on school.  And there really is nothing better than exploring a great city at night!

College Student Perks

People constantly match being a college student with being broke.  I think it’s a little harsh to do this, because for the three jobs I’m balancing during school, I’d hardly say I’m completely broke.  On the other hand, when I write out my tuition deposit each semester, I remember why people say this.

College is ridiculously expensive, and even though I’d love to write a blog saying that I don’t find this to be true, I’d be lying to say that I thought otherwise.  Having a college education is certainly worth the cost, but it doesn’t mean that it’s an easy road for many.

Incoming college students don’t always understand some of the simple but touching perks that come with this “broke student” perception.  First, I have never received so many care packages in my life!  And to top it, none of them have been from my own parents.

A few of my aunts have stepped up to the plate to send me cookies, candies, bread, and other fun things in order to make my midterms and finals a little more bearable.  I have received tons of sweet cards and encouraging letters from people who know that college is not a walk in the park.  In addition, it’s so nice to receive birthday packages/sweet letters that are addressed to me and straight to my college, rather than my parent’s house.

I never imagined how much a wrapped up bag of homemade bread would mean to me.  Homemade food has a new meaning, and I find it especially delightful when it’s delivered straight to my school.

Physical Therapy/Chiropractic Treatments

I do not have the back of a typical 20 year old.  Unfortunately, I deal with almost constant neck and back pain, and when I can get relief, I am astonished with how it feels to not be in pain.  I try not to let my painful upper back impact my daily life, and I have kept up with playing sports and running, but I have had an increase in problems over the years.

Because studying/reading books and typing on the computer are two of the hardest tasks in terms of the amount of pain they cause, I have had tremendous difficulty with keeping my back pain under control in college.  I am studying to be an occupational therapist and sometimes I fear that I won’t be able to do my future job well enough just because I might be functionally unable to.

I have been working really hard this year to diagnose the problem.  I have spent countless visits at chiropractic offices and I went to a physical therapist for a few months, but no one was able to give me anything but very temporary relief.

A friend of mine from Concordia suggested that I try going to Wisconsin Family & Sports Chiropractic in Mequon, WI.  Although I have only been there for about three weeks, I am already seeing improvements that I have never seen before.  Due to the fact that the owners are a couple who specialize in both chiropractic AND physical therapy, they have been able to help me adjust my back AND do exercises to strengthen and rehab it back to normal.

I have been so grateful for their hard work and knowledge, and I have a newfound hope for a possible pain-free future.

CPR Training

I have always aspired to obtain my CPR certification, because I have worried that I will one day be placed in a situation where knowing this information will be vital to keeping someone alive.  Because my future profession is health-care related, I am required to have my certification going into my grad school program.

I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the 3 hour class I took with a few of my friends, who are also Occupational Therapy majors.  When we arrived to the class I was intrigued by the many large and small dummies that were evenly placed around the room.  After watching a few informational videos, we were able to start our hands-on learning.

The instructor gave us short demonstrations of how to actually perform CPR.  We learned how to do 30 quick compressions, followed by 2 breaths into the mouth.  We also learned how to use AED kits, which are located around hospitals, schools, etc. in order to keep a person alive during the wait of an ambulance arriving.  The AED kits include tags/cords that can be stuck onto a person’s skin.  This machine then verbally tells a person what to do next.  If the heartbeat is irregular, the machine will say “shock is needed,” and all of the surrounded helpers should clear the area.  Following this, the shock will be enacted and manual CPR should start again.

I couldn’t believe how exhausting performing CPR was.  I couldn’t last more than 2-3 minutes, because the compressions were so difficult to keep even and on-going.  I really enjoyed the experience, though, because I now feel that I could potentially save a person’s life in a time of crisis.

Ethiopian Restaurant

This semester, I have had the privilege to be in a class titled Culture in Rehabilitation.  Although understanding different cultures will be crucial towards my success as an Occupational Therapist, I certainly don’t think that health-care related fields are the only majors that should focus on being well-rounded in culture.

My culture class has opened my eyes to thinking about things that might otherwise not cross my mind.  After having to come up with cultural competency plan, I realized how many things I could be doing around my campus in order to become more culturally diverse and aware.  One of the major things that I, and quite a few of my other O.T. friends, noticed was that we do not go out to very many ethnic restaurants.

Because Milwaukee is a very culturally diverse city, we had no problem finding different restaurants that we wanted to check out.  After forming a group chat of about 15 people from my culture class, we found a date and a time to check out a local Ethiopian restaurant.  It was super interesting to be able to go to experience their style of dining.

When we arrived, we were definitely the stand-outs in the restaurant.  We ordered two giant group dishes, which included a variety of foods such as spicy lamb, fajita-style chicken/peppers, and tons of mixed vegetables.  In addition, we learned to eat the food by using our hands and breaking off palm-sized pieces of bread to hold the food in.  All of us enjoyed the food and the experience!

Following this, we went slightly back to our American trends, and we spontaneously decided to stop at Culver’s for some finishing custard.  The night was both cultural and fun!