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The Winter Defeat

Spring has sprung…and hopefully it stays that way. I feel as though I have been reborn into this world after all of the snow melted. It truly is motivating! Each month seems to fly by and I continue to be in awe of the wonderful opportunities and events that play out in my life. 2019 has been very good to me.

I am officially headed to Europe in May! I got accepted into the Valencia, Spain Marketing, Design, and Communications internship. Along with this, I will take about three other weeks to do traveling around other parts of Europe as well. I just bought my ticket to start off my journey to London. It is starting to feel real! Unfortunately, I won’t be doing summer research with Hamline this summer as I did not get accepted. I was feeling down about it but then I realized that I already have so many other opportunities I get to pursue, such as traveling for an entire month! My summer plans are not fully worked out yet and are a work in progress. It would be difficult to start an internship/job when I get back the end of June because most companies start their summer internship programs at the beginning of June. If anyone has ideas or opportunities in mind, let me know. (:

A few weeks ago, I was able to spend a few days in Michigan visiting my dad. Next month, I will be going to Chicago for my older sisters graduation from graduate school. I have felt incredibly fortunate to pursue the traveling this year that I have done and will continue to do. I do not have any more updates from this past month. I hope everyone at Concord is doing well and enjoy this spring weather!

Savannah

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February Was a Dead Sprint

Well, with all of the snow we have gotten, Minnesotans are going to have their summer bodies for all the shoveling we’ve been doing. The snow is beautiful and absolutely outrageous and I am ready for summer now. For how short of a month February was, it certainly was action packed. I feel like I blinked and March emerged right before my eyes. So now let’s break down everything that happened this past month, shall we?

After all of the delightful snow days, I finally began my internship at Washburn High School in the Black Box Theater Program the first week of February. Although I am very familiar with this space I feel like I am learning new things in this comfortable space that I was not yet ready to learn when I was a student in the Black Box in high school. For those of you who do not know what the Washburn Black Box is, it is a social justice theater company that was created by Crystal Spring about ten years back. I took theater with Ms. Spring Freshman through Senior year and even participated in the advanced touring company my Junior and Senior year. If you would like to learn a little bit more, watch this video that TPT created about the Black Box here. I have reentered the Black Box in a new pair of shoes where I can now help mentor, direct, and support high school students that walk through the doors of the Black Box. I am beyond grateful.

The reason I am interning at Washburn is because of an off-campus study away program I am doing this semester instead of taking classes at Hamline. The program is through HECUA called Art for Social Change. It requires me to have an internship and meet for class Tuesdays and Thursdays with the other nine students enrolled in this program. After this program, I will get a semesters worth of credits straight to my Social Justice major. We have learned fascinating things and created amazing work. Just the other day we held class at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis and reenacted art pieces like Emma Sulkowicz’s Mattress Performance, Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present and AAA, Mierle Laderman’s Touch Sanitation, and Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece.

For my event planning job at Hamline, I put on two different events this past month. I hired Alissa Paris, a local Minneapolis hip hop dancer and choreographer, to come teach a dance class for students on campus. I also put on an open mic night to give Hamline students a platform to showcase their talents. This was exciting since these are two events or opportunities the campus lacks. I am happy I could make these events come to life.

Over Valentine’s Day weekend I made a trip to D.C. to see one of my best friends who goes to George Washington University. I flew into Baltimore and took the train into D.C. which made the adventure way more enterprising and cheap. We ate great food, enjoyed the sixty-degree weather, and wondered the beautiful city. This was a perfect weekend getaway from the fifty feet of snow Minnesota currently has.

My travel plans don’t stop there. In a few weeks I will be going to Michigan to see my dad and in May I will be going to Chicago for my sister’s graduation from Graduate school. Shortly after I will be leaving for a five-week journey all over Europe. I applied for a Marketing, Design & Communications three-week internship in Valencia, Spain and I just recently got accepted into the program! The program begins the end of May and I will be taking the week before and the week after to travel to London, Málaga, Prague, and potentially a few other locations. I could not be any more excited about this opportunity. Along with this, I just submitted my application to do Summer Research at Hamline with my Communications advisor. If my application and proposal get accepted, I will be using my time in Spain to not only have an internship but also research information about the Spain Migrant Crisis. I will be finding out in a couple of weeks if it gets accepted or not. Fingers crossed!

As you can tell this past month has been insane and absolutely thrilling. A lot of good news and good energy recently. Let’s keep it going for the month of March!

Savannah

PS. I finally started my lifestyle blog at the beginning of this month. If you would like to check it out you can right here. (:

 

Time and Time Again

And BOOM! The first month of 2019 has already gone by. Just like that. I have yet to start my semester with HECUA, my Art for Social Change program, which starts the first week of February. I don’t remember the last time I had so much time on my hands where I was able to do the productive things I always talked about doing. January has been so healthy and so dear to me. I needed this month to recenter myself, plan the next few months of my life, and do things for me.

I spent a long weekend at the beginning of January in Arizona with one of my best friends. We sat at the pool, did a few hikes, visited Sedona, and stayed far away from the Minnesota cold.

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Aside from working, this month consisted of saying goodbye to friends that are going back to school and going abroad. This was strange for me because so many of my friends are studying abroad, and this was something I wanted to pursue but couldn’t without me graduating late. On the bright side of this, I have been planning about a month-long trip to Europe coming up in May! Not only will I be doing traveling to places like London, Spain, Prague, and more, but I also found a Marketing/Communications internship in Spain that I am looking into applying for! If things work out perfectly as they are in my head, then I have a huge thing to look forward to.

Ideally, when I come back from Europe, I have an opportunity to do summer research at Hamline with my advisor. This is another big task I have been taking on since my proposal is due the beginning of March. Doing an internship abroad and paid summer research in one summer? I hit the summer jackpot. (Well, fingers crossed if I get accepted into both…I am just too ambitious.

I also can’t even begin to tell you how many books I have been reading this month. I was never much of a reader, but since I have had more free time than usual I figured I should start. I am almost finished with Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, and I have to say that it is now one of my favorites. Along with reading, I’ve created a consistent workout routine and have been taking dance classes in Minneapolis.

Due to the freezing cold temperatures this week, all of my jobs and events got canceled and my car won’t start or jump. So I almost quite literally have been trapped at my house. This was a perfect opportunity to begin the blog that I have been talking about for months. The name is called Savannah Brie and you can check it out here! I am beyond thrilled, and slightly nervous, to get it started.

I start my internship at Washburn High School tomorrow and my classes with HECUA begin next week. I am very excited for this semester and the opportunities that lie ahead of me. Already feeling good about this year. (:

Yearly Reflection

The month of December was the most significant month of this year. Not only was I challenged in every aspect of my life, but I also grew the most through these challenges. A true definition of bittersweet. December was filled with finishing the semester strong, dancing, saying goodbye to friends who are studying abroad/moving out of the country, connections and disconnections, and most importantly, a whole lot of personal growth.

Reflection has been huge for me. With it being the new year a lot of people do this annually. However, that seems too short to reflect once a year just because the year is new. Through conversations I have had and books I have read, being connected and checking in with yourself often is one of the most kind things we can do for ourselves. It’s easy to make a New Years Resolution. It’s even easier to not stick with it. Journaling, talking, praying/meditating, reading, and having true and authentic alone time I have found this month are simple keys to reflect on yourself so you can better connect with others.

By doing these things throughout the month of December, I have learned to think in the present moment each day which not only benefits me but the people around me as well. I am thrilled for 2019 because 2018 was an amazing turning point of a year for my career, my interests, my relationships, and myself. I begin my next semester in February with HECUA’s Art for Social Change program. Having time away from Hamline and doing something completely different academically is just what I need right now.

I hope everyone had a safe and outstanding New Year celebration. (:

Savannah

Comeback Season

The month of November was equivalent to my own personal “comeback season”. Since October was made up of me being in bed sick, I was determined to make November a million times better. Most importantly, I am no longer sick and nearly feel reborn again. Thank goodness! And since I only had two weeks to battle before Thanksgiving break, it was pretty much a motivator to stay focused and get caught up on all of my school work.

1. I have some very exciting accomplishments to share. The first one being that I was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society. This is the 10th year of ODK being at Hamline. The ceremony was beautifully done by the current ODK board members and I am so honored to be a part of such an amazing community.

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2. I also got to perform as a Washburn High School Black Box alum in a performance Joe Davis put on called The New Renaissance Part III. Myself along with other Black Box alum and current students created a movement/dance piece to one of Joe’s poems. This was truly special because we got to share the stage with other outstanding singers, musicians, dancers and artists. (The picture below is a little blurry.)

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3. While this is not an officially completed accomplishment, I have decided to start my own personal lifestyle blog in 2019. Doing my monthly blog posts for Concord and mixing my passion for writing, I am very excited to put this goal into action. In it will include traveling, health and wellness, food, music, inspiration and each month I will be highlighting a different local artist. I am looking forward to this because it could build my personal writing portfolio when I start applying for jobs and maybe I could end up making a small career out of this. I have also thought about learning more about photography and adding that to my skills and expertise along the way.

4. I have some travel plans that are in the works currently! Both in the US and internationally. So stay tuned for Savannah’s adventure updates. (:

Overall, I have been thinking a lot about the gratitude I have for people and things in my life recently and how I am showing it through actions and words. I think it is important, especially during this time of the year, to slow down and really check yourself. What am I grateful for? How have I showed that gratitude? What is one thing I can do to be a better me? Just some nice reflection during this crazy busy season.

That is all for now! I am focusing on doing well and pushing through the last few weeks of this semester. Then only three more semesters left until I graduate. Where does the time go?

Savannah

The October Blues

I wish I could say this month has been exciting and eventful but unfortunately it has been an unfortunate series of events. Starting the beginning of this month I got incredibly ill. This lasted three straight weeks and caused me to miss my classes, my two jobs, and my internship. After three doctors visits in this time frame, I tested positive with mono. Fortunately, I knew what was wrong with me. Unfortunately, this played a huge and negative impact on every aspect of my life this month.

Although I have been in my bed the majority of the month of October, there were a few upsides to this month. I had a dance performance at my school’s Lip Sync Competition for Homecoming Week. I also got asked to do another dance/movement performance for an event at the Southern Theater at the end of November. I went to see Passenger in concert at First Avenue. The best part of this month is that I am FINALLY feeling better! I truly feel like I died and was reborn in a new life. It is crazy how much we take advantage of our health and daily abilities until we get sick and can’t use the functions of our bodies the exact same. So, I am very thankful to be healthy again.

The end of October has been a month of catching up on school work, internship hours and returning back to work. October definitely was not my month, but hopefully I will end the year in November and December on a positive and HEALTHY note. (:

Savannah

Fast Pace Start

Already a month into this semester and not only has it flown by, it has been very challenging. There was not any sort of transition from summer to the fall, I just began at a fast pace. However, it is keeping me on my toes and I have accomplished so much.

My classes are going really well. For once, I love all of them and feel confident in the work I am putting in to them. Right now, it feels like I am at midterms considering my work load. After this week it will die down a bit before midterms actually happen in a month.

My internship at the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota is going so well. I am learning about grant writing and helping take on the Development side of the office. It is good for me to get experience in a field I am interested and not only see what I like from it but also what I don’t like. Learning both sides is very important.

My event planning job on campus is also going great. I have had two events this month, a hypnotist and a musical artist, and the turnout was higher than I anticipated. At the hypnotist event, there was an incident where a guy who was hypnotized on stage ran off and out the building. So that caused so chaos… Turns out he snapped out of hypnosis on the stage and had no idea what to do besides leave the building. What a night.

I am already ready for Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break, but who isn’t at this point? A big and warm hello to everyone at Concord! I miss you all and miss seeing you every week.

Savannah

That’s a Wrap Summer ‘18

As I start classes tomorrow, I think about the last three months and all of the amazing experiences that came with it. Summer of 2018 was one to remember and I hope this school year is only the same.

June

The month of June began with a weekend up in Lutsen, MN with some of my closest friends at Cathedral of the Pines, the summer camp I grew up going to. When I came back from the weekend away, I began my position as the Concord Foundation Mini Intern and continued working at Stewart’s restaurant. By the end of the month, I did a weekend trip to Chicago with my boyfriend, Neo.

July

In the beginning of this month, I traveled to Europe to visit my sister who was teaching in Spain for 6 weeks. We met each other in London for about 3-4 days. The hostel we stayed in was amazing and we met the most wonderful people during our stay. It was right across the street from Hyde Park. We spent our time going to cafés, taking the bus and tube everywhere, visiting Buckingham Palace, Big Ben (which was under construction) and Chinatown. We also visited a numerous amount of different neighborhoods. My favorite was Camden and spending half the day at the town market. We also went to a hip hop/spoken word show and I can’t even begin to explain how moved I was by it. On average, we walked about 10-12 miles a day. So you could say we explored the city pretty decently.

After London, we spent another 3-4 days in Amsterdam. I have always heard about how beautiful this city is, but it is one of those places you have to go and see for yourself. We wandered by and through the canals, ate amazing restaurants (my favorite was an all avocado menu), wandered Vondelpark, and we even went to a Questlove show. The funny part about that is that the doors didn’t open until midnight and we didn’t get home until close to 4AM. The nightlife was an adjustment compared to our early nights here in the states. Only a week of adventure but well spent and well entertained.

I spent the rest of the month working and I visited friends at Madison the last weekend of July as well.

August

This month was filled with many different emotions. Even though August flew by ridiculously fast, a lot of this transpired. The first couple of weeks were difficult because my grandfather passed away. He had been battling cancer for about 8 years and they originally gave him 2 months to live. He truly was a living miracle for 8 years. My Dida loved life more than anyone I know, so he truly was not ready to leave this beautiful Earth. I spent a few days in Michigan with my family and for the funeral. It was unbelievable to me how a sorrowful event turned out to be the most beautiful, peaceful and reliving thing I have ever seen, and how people, deceased or alive, can bring so many people together. It gives me peace to know he is no longer in pain and in a better place.

When I returned, I had my last week at Concord. I wanted to take this month here and thank EVERYONE at Concord for making my summer experience there so special. I learned so much about myself, what I want to do, and how I will get there. It warms my heart to know I have an amazing community just a call, email or drive away. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, Concord.

I begin classes tomorrow and I still can’t believe it. This summer went by the quickest I have ever experienced. Although it is over, I am honestly really looking forward to this school year. Just as an update, I have declared as a double major in Communications and Social Justice and am hoping to pursue Law School for Immigration Law. This is something that gives me so much energy and passion to learn about and to grow in knowledge and privilege to help people. Aside from my full time class schedule, I got an internship at the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota for this semester. I also am working on campus with a leadership position as the Late Night Event Programmer where I will be hiring musical artists to come perform at HU. And to keep my schedule even more busy, I am continuing to work at Stewart’s and am thinking about starting a Hip Hop Dance Group at Hamline. That’s a wrap from me and from summer 2018!Savannah

Hectically Happy

Hello!

This past month has been absolutely insane but I have never been happier. Not only was it finals/the end of the semester, but it was also my birthday month, time to move out of my old house and into a new one, started a new job, had a dance performance, and had a few weekends out of town. So, entering June I am hoping that this month is a little bit less hectic and I can finally turn to my somewhat structured summer schedule.

Academically, my GPA is the best it has been. I am not one of those people to feel proud of myself over my grades and GPA, but I feel like I worked really hard this semester to excel in my grades with all of the other commotion I had going on. I am also very excited for this upcoming Spring to do my instate study abroad program with HECUA. For this program I will be interning at Washburn, my high school’s social justice theater company. This is something I was apart of all 4 years and now I am thrilled to give back. I will also be taking classes at Pillsbury House Theater. This will be a great opportunity for me to do work outside of Hamline campus and switch it up.

One thing I am very excited for this summer is my opportunity to do a little bit of traveling in London and Amsterdam. I will leave in July and meet my sister there, as she is already in Europe for her graduate program. This will definitely be a busy summer, but nothing overwhelming and only good things to come.

Last but not least, I can not wait to be interning at Concord this summer! It has been a while since I saw most of you so I am looking forward to rebuilding relationships and creating new ones. See everyone at Concord this week! (:

-Savannah

Half Way Through the Finish Line

Can you already believe it’s May?! I had to do a double take at my calendar when I looked at it this morning. Already so much has changed in the last month and I anticipate a lot more change to come over the next few months.

I have two more weeks left of the school year, two weeks until my birthday and two more weeks until I am halfway through the finish line of college. They did tell me in August of 2016 that my college years would speed by. They were completely right.

I do have big summer plans coming up! The search for a summer internship is finally over and I am happy to say that I will be doing a part time internship at Concord! I am incredibly excited for this opportunity and experience. I also can not wait to work with and see everyone at Concord this summer. Along with that, I will be working part time at the restaurant Stewart’s I started in January. Not only will I be working a lot, I am also attempting to fit in some time to travel as well. So stay turned for my traveling adventures. (:

In terms of next school year, I will be taking next spring to do an in state study abroad program through HECUA’s Art for Social Change program in Minneapolis. I really wanted to go abroad this spring internationally, but because of the program options and budget, I think this is the best option for me and I could not be more grateful and excited. Also, some fun news, I am excited to announce that I have officially declared my Communications and Social Justice Majors with a concentration in Youth Activism and Art for Social Change!

I can’t wait to see you all at Concord in a few weeks! (:

-Savannah