• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Jin Baek

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  • Jason Chavez

    Senior
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    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Kathryn McCarrick

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    Elementary Education

    Laila Zemar

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    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

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    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
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    Management

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    Junior
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    Accounting and Finance

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    Senior
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    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Junior
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    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

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    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

A Fresh Start to the Semester

It is always challenging to return to school after such a long break, regardless of where you spent it.  The idea of migrating from class to class and absorbing multitudes of information on a daily basis is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed.  Yet, we all know that the one place that we spend the majority of our time once we leave school is our “home” away from home (whether a dorm, apartment, or house).  A great way to start out the semester with a fresh new outlook and “blank slate” mentality is to first create a fresh start with where you live.  How can this be accomplished?  Well, there are actually several ways:

  1. Try to rearrange your living area.  Having a new perspective and atmosphere can help reinforce the concept of starting the semester anew and keep things positive.
  2. Get rid of old class papers and notebooks and store supplies you won’t need for the upcoming semester.  This will help to put the past classes behind you and keep you looking forward to what’s coming.
  3. Develop a list of goals for yourself for the new semester and post them somewhere you are sure to look.  This will provide extra motivation and guidance as you approach your semester tasks.
  4. Attempt to establish order.  Plan with your roommate(s) what sorts of ground rules should be in place for the semester (based on the kinks you discovered during the first half of the year).  Try to ensure that everyone has a say in what “flies” around your place and what the expectations are.
  5. Instigate a pre “spring cleaning.”  Get rid of the dust, debris, and nasty remains of the last semester that may still be lingering around the room.  That way, you have nothing to distract your attention and you have a living space that feels “new,”  just like the next half of the year.

Most importantly, clear your mind!  Promise yourself that you will be patient and confident in your abilities and that you will be able to handle the challenges of a new semester and overcome them.  After all, when it comes to achievement, the only person that controls whether or not you attain your goals is YOU.  So get out there and own it!

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