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”
Personally, Easter is my favorite holiday because it has the best meaning to us as Christians. Christmas is great with the birth of Jesus and everything, but it is so overbearing with the advertisements and materialism. Easter still holds much of its original meaning (despite the Easter bunny and egg stuff). Because spring break is typically earlier in the semester than Easter is, most colleges do not give students time off for this holiday, but Concordia gives us a four day weekend so we can go home if we choose to celebrate with our families. Well, I do not have a car, and a trip for a long weekend is a little hard for someone that lives about seven hours away, but I went home with someone else instead. more “Easter Break”
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.
In honor of the end of March Madness, Concordia hosted an event to watch the NCAA final game. They had a free party in the Albrecht lounge to get people together to watch the Gonzaga Bulldogs face off against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday. None of those teams are special to Wisconsin, but I am sure there are some students who liked those teams, and it was just fun to get together and watch it. The best part of the event was the fact that Concordia provided a nacho bar (where you could eat as much as you wanted) and free sodas. In addition, the Albrecht lounge has a lot of games that you can play while watching the game, including darts, arcade games, and a ping pong table. more “NCAA Finals”
It is already that point in the year when we get to pick classes and housing for next year. It is a lot of decision making all at once, but it is also exciting to look ahead and make plans. There are also a lot more opportunities for classes, roommates, and dorms after you’ve been here a year and get to apply for everything in person. Here’s some information and advice on how its different from the summer before your freshman year, and what you do to make sure everything is all set up.
Who does not like live action Disney movies for FREE? Well, at two different showing times on the 28th, Concordia took students to the movies. It was all 100% free, plus they bused us to and from the movie theater (that is only a couple minutes down the road, so you could have driven yourself if you really wanted to). In addition to the movie ticket, at the earlier showing time, there was free pizza, and it was basically unlimited because they just kept it coming whenever it ran out. It was pretty great pizza, too, because I love thin crust. But wait, there’s more! We also got free refillable sodas and a small popcorn to increase our movie enjoyment experience! more “Beauty and the Beast”