Three-and-a-Half-Years At Concordia

Just over three years ago today, I came to Concordia as a new freshman, unsure of what my college experience would entail. This spring, four years after I arrived here, I will graduate and leave Concordia, fully understanding the purpose of my education. My first classes began with introduction biology and chemistry. These courses seemed like a waste of time when I was taking them my freshman and sophomore years. However, entering my junior and senior years, I was able to take all the elective courses concerning the “cool stuff” I wanted to learn about. Upon arrival in these exciting new classes, I assumed it would be way easier to learn about things that were interesting to me as opposed to the bone-dry introduction courses I was required to take. I soon realized that all the fun classes required this thing called introductory knowledge. Where does one gain this knowledge? This knowledge to help me succeed came from the boring classes I was required to take my first two years of college. This was the “ah-ha” moment for me. I learned that learning, no matter what it is about or how interesting it is to me at the time, is important in order to be a fully-informed and well-rounded student. I soon became glad and appreciative that Concordia College forced me to take those classes and I began to enjoy them. This cumulative knowledge has not only helped me grow as a student, but as a citizen in my community, as well.
Neurochemistry has been one of the classes that made me fully grasp the importance of my entire college curriculum. Without general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology, I would not be able to fit the pieces and pathways together to draw the big picture. But because I have taken a plethora of diverse courses throughout my three-and-a-half years at Concordia, I can make out the picture. College, specifically at Concordia, has given me this empowering feeling of true learning and application. Not only have I learned to apply my curriculum to the chemistry and biology of disease, but I have also been able to see the implications of education in my community. Neurochemistry has sparked an interest in me to apply my education to the world around me and has informed me of ways I can go out into the community and make a genuine difference.
I recently participated in a community action project that entailed talking to Moorhead high-schoolers about anxiety. This is just one example of the many fulfilling experiences I have had at Concordia where I have been able to connect with my community and use my education to be an active participant in society. I have learned the importance of learning in the classroom, on my own, and in the community. I feel equipped to continue this form of education beyond my four years at Concordia. Through my further education, I strive to go out into the community and share my skills and knowledge through medicine and other science-related fields. Thank you, Concordia College, for teaching me important skills I can use the rest of my life. It is a gift I will not misplace or forget.