Embark! is the official orientation program for first-year freshmen starting their life-changing adventure at Concordia University Texas. All incoming freshmen and their families are required to participate in Embark, and this year, orientation will take place both virtually (required) and in-person (optional).
Embark Navigators are current CTX students who will help lead orientation and introduce you to life as a Concordia Tornado. Meet the 2020 Embark Navigators!
[Written by CTX 2020 Embark Navigators]
Hello, incoming Tornados! My name is Evan Peña, and I am one of your Embark Navigators! I'm a senior Kinesiology major, and I'm also on the CTX Men's Tennis Team.
I am so excited that you chose to attend Concordia. I love it here because the atmosphere is so positive and peaceful, which creates a great learning environment. I'm looking forward to meeting you all virtually and in-person in the coming weeks! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions that are on your mind.
Welcome to the CTX family, and I am sure that your time here will be memorable! WOOSH!!!
Hi, y’all! My name is Iza Castillo, and I am one of your Embark Navigators! I am a junior Psychology major. I am a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and love to be involved on campus.
Concordia is great because we always have events going on, it’s Christ-centered and the professors care so much. I’m so stoked to see you guys virtually and in person. Feel free to ask me any questions.
I'm looking forward to meeting y’all. As always, WOOSH!
Hello, incoming Tornados! My name is Janiya Laikram, and I’m one of your Embark Navigators. I’m a sophomore Psychology major minoring in criminal justice. I’m involved in the Black Student Union, and I'm an officer in Concordia’s brand new dance team.
I’ll also be living in one of the residence halls, so if you guys need anything, you are more than welcome to reach out. I’m so very excited to meet all of you.
Welcome to the family! WOOSH!
Hey, new Tornados! My name is Rebecca Schelen, and I am one of your Embark Navigators. I am so excited to meet you all and help welcome you to CTX.
I am a senior Elementary Education major pursuing a Lutheran Teaching Diploma. I am also a Student Activities leader and would love to help you get plugged in with activities and clubs around campus.
I love Concordia because when you come to campus, you truly become part of a great big family! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have; I would love to help.
Welcome to the Tornado family!
Hey there! My name is Erin Lobato, and I'm one of your Embark Navigators. I'm studying Biology as a Pre-Med student.
My favorite part about being a student at CTX is how personable and encouraging all of the professors are. I'm so excited to meet you soon. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything or have questions about your new adventure here at Concordia.
Welcome to the family, Tornados!
Hey, incoming Tornados! My name is Gabriela Aviles, and I’m one of the Embark Navigators. I’m a senior Psychology major, and I’m also involved in the Latin American Student Organization, Behavioral Sciences Club and Psi Chi National Honor Society.
I love Concordia for its small class sizes and the great atmosphere and tight-knit community here on campus. I can’t wait to meet you virtually and in person in a few weeks. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have.
Welcome to the CTX family! WOOSH!
Hi, fellow Tornados! My name is Christina Hodge, and I am so pumped to be one of your Embark Navigators! I am a senior majoring in DCE/Religious Education and minoring in Psychology.
My absolute favorite thing about Concordia is the professors; they are some of the wisest and smartest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. They are always willing to help and explain things or just talk about life with you. I also love all of the student organizations and opportunities to get involved that Concordia offers.
I can’t wait to meet you guys, whether that be virtually or in person, and see some new faces on Concordia’s campus! Feel free to ask me any questions that you may have. WOOSH!
Hi! My name is Amber Reiner, and I am from the beautiful state of Montana. I am a sophomore Religious Education major.
I love CTX because it is a Christ-centered school that challenges me to grow in many different ways. I am so excited to meet everyone at Embark!
Hey, future Tornados! My name is Alejandra Rueda, and I’m one of your Embark Navigators. I’m a senior, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration as well as minoring in Psychology. I’m currently the Student Life representative for the Student Government Leadership Association (SGLA) and a Student Activities leader. I’m also part of the CTX tennis team and other organizations.
I love Concordia for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I can’t wait to meet you, whether it be virtually or in person. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.
Welcome to the CTX family!
Hey, y’all! My name is Lillian McCoy, but you can call me Lilly. I am super excited to be one of your Embark Navigators. I’m a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in art. I love theater, painting, and the outdoors.
I love Concordia for its beautiful campus and great people. I can’t wait to meet all of you wonderful people and help you get adjusted to college life. Welcome to the CTX family! WOOSH!
Hey, incoming Tornados! My name is Drew, and I am one of your Embark Navigators! I am a J2 Nursing student, and I am also active with the Concordia Veterans Corps.
Concordia has been a great place for me to go grow as a person and student, and I love how easy it is to get connected.
If you need anything, please feel free to ask me. I can't wait to meet y'all! WOOSH!
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