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”
My favorite place in the area to go is the town of Cedarburg. It’s a small town about fifteen minutes away from campus, and it has a bunch of cute little shops and fun places to walk. This past Saturday my boyfriend had to do an assignment that involved looking at a church of a different denomination, and Cedarburg is a great place for that. There are tons of beautiful churches: LCMS, ELCA, Catholic. In addition, there are a plethora of coffee shops, little places to eat, this one place that has cheap wings on Friday nights. One of my favorite places to eat is called the Crème and Crepes Café because how often does one get to eat crepes?? more “Cedarburg”
As a church work major, which does indeed include Lutheran school’s teachers, there are quite a few perks. Aside from immensely helpful scholarships from the school and home churches, there are some events provided to us by this school. This past Sunday there was a banquet for church workers at the Highland House, a really delicious restaurant just down the road from CUW who also love supporting the school and has employed a fair amount of students. One of the best parts about this banquet was that all of the food was 100% free, no money and no meal swipes, AND it was all you can eat tacos and Mexican rice (as well as the unlimited drinks refills). more “Church Worker Banquet”
You may be surprised to hear it, but, depending on what classes you’re taking, you may have a fair amount of homework and studying to do after just the first week of classes. It is just a part of life in college and you can’t be too surprised if it happens. Especially if you have a high credit load. I, myself, have had a pretty good amount of note taking, reading, and assignments already, but it is nice that there are quite a few different places on campus that you can study. You can try them all out and find which one works for you best, and sometimes you are forced to go to different places because certain ones can get a little busy depending on the time of day and day of the week. There’s always the option to just study in your room-Concordia does provide desks for every resident-but we all know that there can be tons of distractions in your room, or it gets boring being in the same place all of the time.
One of my favorite places to study, often times with a friend, is in the pharmacy building. They have tons of study rooms where you can close the door and be alone (or in a selected group). Some of the rooms are pretty large with round tables, but there are also some small rooms that only fit two people. It’s a pretty popular place to study, and there are classes that go on during the day, so it can get filled pretty easily. Another option is the Landing, which is one of the places that provides food, but it is also the commuters lounge, so there are tons of tables and few cushioned chairs. That place is pretty quiet in the evenings, so it’s good to study there then. All of the residence halls have lounges, and Chemnitz’s lounges are especially good to study in because there is one for every hall, and, in my experience, they have never been too busy with people. Lastly, the main one, is the library. As a worker of the library, I really encourage you to use it. There are books for research, printers readily available, and a quiet section when you need a little more focus. You’re going to have a pretty good amount of stuff to do in college, so it’s important that you find a good place to be able to focus and get stuff done. Luckily, Concordia provides a variety of places for you to do so.
Okay, so, I’m an education major and I am kind of a nerd too, so don’t hold it against me when I say that I was a little bit excited for classes to start. I just like the idea of educating myself and learning and getting closer to my goal of being licensed for the occupation I want. I am not saying that I was necessarily looking forward to writing all of the papers and doing all of the homework, but I do genuinely like learning, and, as a future teacher, I’d say that’s not a bad thing. The first day of classes went about as smoothly as it usually does—which is a little rough. Don’t be surprised when you get freaked out about hearing the syllabus for the entire class, it seems overwhelming but it is totally doable. My thinking when something seems hard is that everyone does it, so I should be able to as well. more “First Day of Classes”
While I absolutely love campus and living here, after three months, I was missing home. I’m from Michigan, which is like a seven hour drive on average, so I didn’t get to go home for three months. To make things worse, I don’t have a car on campus, so I had to figure out a way to go back for Thanksgiving. Taking advantage of our handy dandy CU app, I posted asking if anyone was headed to my area who could give me a lift. Luckily, someone did respond and they were able to give me a ride. I didn’t really know the people at first, but I can honestly say that everyone I have met on campus is trustworthy. One of them ended up being an RA from my dorm, so I had seen her around. Her and her friend, who drove, were super nice people, and it was so great of them to give me a ride. more “Going Home for Thanksgiving”