• Courtney Stempinski

    Courtney Stempinski

    Class of 2017, Graduate Student
    Cambridge, MN
    Master of Education

    Courtney's Bio:
    I'm an Elementary Education major at CSS. I also plan to minor in Spanish. Having done PSEO, I came to CSS with more than 60 credits. I'm part of Volunteers Involved Through Action (VITA), Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), and other clubs! Dance has been part of my life for 10 years, and now I'm trying to fit it into my schedule again. I love spending time watching Supernatural and Once Upon a Time, and reading Harry Potter and other great books. I live in a suite with 3 other girls, and we are always finding something fun to do around campus!

  • Courtney Stempinski

    Class of 2017, Graduate Student
    Cambridge, MN
    Master of Education

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Morgan Richie

    Class of 2017
    Hudson, WI
    Biology and Spanish

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Alexa Lee

    Class of 2017
    Esko, MN
    English

  • Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN
    English

    Marisa Hutterer

    Class of 2017
    Prior Lake, MN
    Social Work

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Cheyenne Lemm

    Senior
    Cromwell, MN
    History and Social Science Secondary Education

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN
    Communications

  • Patrick Linn

    Class of 2017
    Roseville, MN
    Communication Major, Film Concentration

    Victoria Tabolich

    Sophomore
    Cambridge, MN
    Exercise Physiology

    Semaj Moore

    Class of 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    English, Medieval & Renaissance

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Day 6 of D.C.

by / July 19th, 2017 / Comments Off on Day 6 of D.C.

This morning we met of Minnesota’s state senators, Al Franken. It was a really interesting experience. We went to the Senate building and went into a room, where we were provided a Minnesotan-style porridge. We ended up having a bit of a medical emergency within the group, but nonetheless, the rest of it went pretty smoothly. Some of our students were really excited to meet Senator Franken. I know that CSS’ Student Support Services’ group went there earlier in the summer. I wasn’t in SSS and I really regret it for missed opportunities like this. Thankfully with my job that’s also a TRiO program, I’m able to take some of the same opportunities!

Day 5 of D.C.

by / July 18th, 2017 / Comments Off on Day 5 of D.C.

Today with Upward Bound, aka the best on-campus summer job you could ever have, we saw the King and I! On our summer trips we often see a theatre show. This year, we saw The King and I at the Kennedy Center. We dressed up all fancy and watched a star-studded cast perform one a musical version of one of my favorite children’s movies. My summer job has wonderful perks and is intrinsically rewarding as well. As the trip is ending however, I just can’t help but feel a bit down.

Day 4 of D.C.

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As part of the Upward Bound program, we take students on college tours. So while we are on this trip, we have two college tours: Notre Dame and Georgetown. Today we toured Georgetown. Afterward, there was a very big dialogue on what each student hopes for in their ideal college. This included me bringing up a lot of the pros and cons of my own college choice. I remember being on my own summer trip as an Upward Bound student. We stayed in Duluth and toured UMD, UWS, and CSS. That’s actually how I discovered St. Scholastica was the right fit for me. I love my job because I can help students with their lives in a way that impacted me indefinitely as well.

Day 3 of D.C.

by / July 16th, 2017 / Comments Off on Day 3 of D.C.
Today with my job, we took students to the National Zoo. The National Zoo was kind of a bummer because most animals weren’t out yet. Some of the students were really disappointed. Helping students get a better perspective and shift their attitudes sometimes is a big part of the job.  I’m happy that things worked out eventually, but this is part of working in social situations, especially with students. Over time, Upward Bound has provided me with tons of experience with secondary students that I have been able to apply to my elementary teaching. Anyway, after the zoo, we got to tour Ford’s Theater and the African-American History Museum.

Struggling with my Classes

by / July 16th, 2017 / Comments Off on Struggling with my Classes
I tried to finish most of my homework right away last week when it opened up on Blackboard, so I wouldn’t have any work to do during the D.C. trip, but I just couldn’t finish some of it. I had to respond to a few of my classmates’ discussion posts and I also need to make a graphic organizer for an article I read. I’m not sure when I’m going to have time to do these, mostly because we don’t have Wi-Fi at our hotel! We only have wi-fi on our bus, but we don’t have that much time on our bus. This has really taught me a lesson on time management and communicating with my professors.