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How to Stay Connected to Campus While Living Off Campus

July 19, 2017
Student Life

Naturally, the easiest way to stay in touch with all of Concordia’s happenings is to live on campus.

There is something about seeing your fellow dorm residents running outside in various states of being during a midnight fire alarm that creates a special kind of bond.

Plus, there are obvious benefits to walking to class, sleeping in, eating in the dining halls and being on campus at the exact moment that the most exciting moment that ever has and ever will happen at CTX arrives. After all, these moments don’t always strike during scheduled classes.

That being said, it is entirely possible to be extremely involved and well connected to Concordia while living off-campus. With 12 apartment communities within a five- mile radius of our university, it’s no surprise we have plenty of commuters. Here are some tips to making sure you are doing your Tornado duties.

Join a club or organization

Joining a club (or two, or three) is a great way to feel integrated into the college community. You will be able to forge friendships with people that share your interests and develop relationships with people who might be beneficial to network with in the future.

Joining a club encourages you to spend more time on campus and to make connections with other clubs and organizations around Concordia. There are currently academic clubs, honor/service clubs, faith clubs, recreational clubs and special interest clubs available for interested students.

Utilize the library and college resources

How much studying are you getting done sitting on that couch while streaming the latest episode of Orange is the New Black?

Get what you (or your parents) are paying for and take advantage of the wonderful studying space that Tornados all across campus have access to. While you are at it, why not check out some books? Your latest binge show won’t hold it against you.

Attend athletic events

Be a participant, an enthusiast and a supporter of Tornado sports. We encourage all of our students, faculty and staff to show some spirit and cheer on the talented men and women who are representing us in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, softball and volleyball.

Go to Chapel/Student Worship

Attend daily weekday Chapel in Building A at 10 a.m. You can also get involved in student led worship by attending the Thursday evening worship services at 9:09 p.m.

Spend as much time on campus as possible

Eat on campus. Work out on campus. Listen to Concordia’s Spotify channel while taking a stroll around campus. Take a Preserve tour. Play sand volleyball. Watch campus plays.