A forward-thinking community, unique hands-on experiences, and endless opportunities for growth gave her the tools she needed to affirm her goals and put her “servant-driven heart” to good use.
Kirsten Stave ’18, Rolette, N.D.
Majors: Communication Studies and English Writing
Why did you choose Concordia?
My dad was a Cobber, so throughout my teen
What campus organizations/activities have you been involved with?
Homecoming Executive Committee, Orientation Team, Oral Communication Center, Residence Life, Concordia Speech Team, Concordia On-Air, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, and Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society.
Tell us a little about Emerging Prairie.
Emerging Prairie is an entrepreneurial development nonprofit, focused on celebrating and empowering local risk takers of all kinds. We do our best to follow several high-level principles the founders set in 2013: educate our city, infuse the arts, build on bright spots, and practice radical inclusivity. I know, very cool. This is done by operating a variety of community programming like 1 Million Cups (1MC) Fargo and the Prairie Den co-working space, as well as events like Drone Focus and TEDxFargo.
How did you find the internship?
I actually interviewed for a position at a different organization and, afterward, my interviewer called Annie Wood (my current supervisor) and mentioned that based on what we had chatted about during the interview, I might be a good fit for Emerging Prairie. A few days later I got a phone call from Annie, and the rest is history! I think it’s a wonderful representation of the tight-knit network that is the Fargo-Moorhead community.
What is your role with EP this summer?
I’ve had the opportunity to work in a couple different roles – the beauty of a small team! These roles primarily functioned in tandem with the two conferences we put on this summer: Drone Focus and TEDxFargo. For Drone Focus, I got to work with the team that prepped for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s time in Fargo, as well as some external meetings. With TEDxFargo, I had the very cool opportunity of taking care of the speakers, and all the wonderful logistical details that come with that. In addition, I was on point for about a dozen external workshops – we call them adventures! – with local organizations, businesses, and speakers that are intended to jump-start the TEDx experience and showcase the very cool
Did anything surprise you when planning TEDxFargo?
I’ve learned that when you’re working with other people, it’s important to simply expect surprises. (Is that an oxymoron? Probably.) There
Why do you think it’s important to have a TEDx event held in Fargo?
Accessibility to awesome ideas is so close to my heart. Further, to create a safe environment where individuals can be deeply challenged, inspired, and lifted up by these ideas is beautiful and necessary if growth is to happen within our communities. As
What is your greatest takeaway from the event?
Oh boy. One? I’ll try. The event itself took me by surprise – when you’re in the midst of the
What have you learned from your experience with EP?
My seven months with EP affirmed my end-goal. That big, lofty one: what I need my life to stand for. Of course, I came away from this experience with hard skills like event coordination, (lots of) Excel experience, crisis management, and a couple others – but, more importantly, it allowed me the opportunity to use my Type A brain and servant-driven heart to care deeply for others. I now understand more than ever that treating details with the utmost care, acting from a place of patience and understanding, and doing what you can to do more, allows others to engage in an experience in which they can grow. And if we do that, we only foster a healthier, happier community.