• Alexa Lee

    Alexa Lee

    Class of 2017
    Esko, MN

    Alexa's Bio:
    I was born and raised in the Twin Ports area and am the youngest of five kids. I always wait until the last minute to do really important things (bad habit). In my spare time I love to dance and was on the Dance Team here at CSS.

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance


In my Management Communications course that I took last summer, our final project was to create a proposal for something that will “better CSS.” One of the groups proposed that we have a general education class requirement that is like a Finance 101 course. They thought that students have to take literature, history, religion, etc., so why not a class that teaches us about interest rates, how to apply for loans, what a good credit score is, and just how to budget in general. I have to say, I think that would have been a good course because I’m am pretty trial and error when it comes to budgeting. Sometimes budgeting means making a compromise or even going without. I am learning a lot of lessons as I go further and further away from any dependence on my parents. In fact, I am pretty much all on my own now, and while it’s scary, it’s also exciting. I don’t want to make any mistakes! 

So, to help that process CSS does have programs and offices like “Savvy Saints” and the OneStop office. All it takes is asking someone your question, and they will help you try to find the answer. Sometimes saving money just means not going out to eat with your friends every weekend and maybe just one weekend a month, or skipping that frappucino from Starbucks. There are also a ton of apps that have coupons and let you know about special deals. College students are broke, it’s the norm, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t use this time to set ourselves up for a successful future, we just have to take initiative and use the resources we have – most of them are on campus!  

Comments are closed.