• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

  • Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Marisa Hutterer

    Class of 2017
    Prior Lake, MN
    Social Work

    Cheyenne Lemm

    Senior
    Cromwell, MN
    History and Social Science Secondary Education

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

  • Semaj Moore

    Class of 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    English, Medieval & Renaissance

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN
    Communications

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN
    English

    Courtney Stempinski

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

    Morgan Richie

    Class of 2017
    Hudson, WI
    Biology and Spanish

    Patrick Linn

    Class of 2017
    Roseville, MN
    Communication Major, Film Concentration

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Victoria Tabolich

    Sophomore
    Cambridge, MN
    Exercise Physiology

    Jin Baek

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

    Alexa Lee

    Class of 2017
    Esko, MN
    English

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jason Chavez

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

Lessons from Sophomore Year – Part 2

I wrote a post earlier sharing some of my experiences and lessons I learned in my first 2 years at CSS, particularly my sophomore year. This post is a continuation  of the subject and perhaps the last post on that subject as well.

Social Life

As a Math and Computer Science double major, I don’t have any. No friends. No going out to parties and if I do, everyone wonders what I am doing there. Just kidding. I have about the most vibrant social life as the next student, maybe even more, and I do have friends, lots of them.

I learned that it is important to be open. By that I mean, its important to step out of your comfort zone and let your self be uncomfortable to reap the benefits of meeting new people who might just be as shy as you or even worse.

CSS is a small enough for you to meet lots of people and know about different aspects of their backgrounds and stuff. Its also small enough for you to be noticed and for people to want to be friends or associates or whatever is the term. You will make lots of friends and this is a plus as well as a con. You will figure it out. That’s how you adult in college. The best part is that you don’t do it alone. There is a humongous support system within CSS that you’d be surprised at who’s got your back. I will soon publish a post on how to make friends (eh if you struggle in this area as some of us do then yeah keep an eye out for it).

Clubs/Organizations on campus

This is one of the parts that I struggled with, in a good way. There so many clubs on campus and In struggled with keeping up because I wanted to do it all! At one point I was part of 5 clubs in addition to a full courseload and working 20 hours/week. That was a pain, but it was worth it. I tested the waters and found them not too deep. Now I know and can give some advice that might hopefully help. When selecting clubs, first look back and ahead at what you want to accomplish and why you want to be part of that network (it is one!). This will help you to do something that you are passionate about and be in a place where you can add value and gain an experience that is good enough to even put on your resume as you advance. Its also good to join a club that is totally different from what you want to do and this will open you up to new perspectives and approaches.

That’s my 2 cents for now! No conclusion whatsoever. You are welcome!

 

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