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Here is a peek into the after hours of student life and a glimpse into what Concordia Ann Arbor students like to do in their free time!

A Normal Night at CUAA

4:15 p.m.

Classes are done for the day, but it’s still not quite time for dinner. Nate and Brandon decide to pass the time with a game (or three) of ping-pong.

ping pong

4:25 p.m.

Hanging out in the Nest means you’re for sure going to run into friends. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

the nest

5:37 p.m.

When she shoots, she scores! Kari is getting in some extra shots before practice.

kari basketball

6:02 p.m.

When the four-minute walk to the Cardinal Cafe just seems too far away, it might be easier (and more fun) to whip up some mac and cheese in Silas Hall.

Mac and cheese

6:25 p.m.

Your deal or mine? Michiganders might be known for playing euchre, but on this night these Cardinals’ card game of choice is cribbage.


6:49 p.m.

Now when Brandon’s mom asks he can tell her: “Yes, I’m doing my laundry.” He might even have picture proof!


7:07 p.m.

This community group pairs its weekly Bible study with a side of Buffalo Wild Wings. Where do I sign up?

c max

7:21 p.m.

One of the best things about spike ball is that you can play it wherever you want, I’d say Jonah and Travis chose a pretty great spot.

spike ball

8:08 p.m.

So you’re telling me that this fishing spot is only a few steps away from their residence hall? Campus life is like a camping trip! Not including the classes, presentations, and exams.


8:44 p.m.

Speaking of exams, we’ll just take a photo from here so we don’t interrupt the studying taking place in Zimmerman Library.


9:05 p.m.

Before they do any s’more studying, these ladies take a break for a sweet treat, roasting marshmallows above our very own CUAA fire pit.

camp fire

9:42 p.m.

This is what we call a case of the giggles — and the greatest of friends.


9:43 p.m.

Meanwhile, in Luke Hall, there seems to be some friendly competition. Let’s hope by the end of the game they’re all still friends.

video games

10:15 p.m.

One of the most beloved traditions on campus is student-led worship on Tuesday nights in the Kreft Recital Hall.


11:29 p.m.

A campus safety officer makes rounds to say hello. Jess lets the officer know that, yep, she’s still studying.


12:12 a.m.

The night isn’t done right without a late night doughnut run to Dom’s. Time your visit with the stroke of midnight, and you get to clap for the first customer of the day!


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— Ellesyn Fritcha ('24) is a student writer majoring in biomedical science. Questions or concerns related to this article may be directed to news@cuaa.edu.

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