• 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!

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

Advisement: Thinking About Majors and Minors

As all of you who have been paying attention to the academic calendar (and online announcements!) are aware of, academic advisement is practically upon us.  For those of you who are new to the school, advisement is a time during the year when you sit down, meet with your advisor (if you are a freshman, this is your Dignitas teacher), and discuss the steps you need to take to continue learning here at the college.  They usually will check in with you and see how you are doing in the classes you are currently taking, take a look at your transcript so far to ensure you are on track with credits, and then discuss what classes may be good for you to register for in the upcoming semester.  It is also during this time that you have with your advisor that it is a good idea to look into what major/minor you are interested in pursuing at the college.  Now, some of you may have had that figured out already.  However, it is very common that once you begin taking classes (especially gen-eds), you may find that you are drawn to another area of study that you did not anticipate. 

A great example of this occurred to one of my close friends during her freshman year of college (way back when I used to live in the dorms…it seems so long ago!).  Anyways, she was all set to pursue her degree in pre-med and was registered for many different classes that followed along with this particular occupation.  However, after taking a biology class during the second semester, she realized that she enjoyed science and biology much more than she enjoyed her pre-med classes.  She then dropped the pre-med aspiration and switched her major to biology (which she later switched again after the beginning of our sophomore year!).  Yet, the point of this story is this: no matter where you are at in your college schooling, it is good to reevaluate your goals time and time again to decide “is this really what I want to do?”.  There is nothing wrong with changing a major or minor, even if you thought you had it all figured out.  In fact, the majority of us do!  And if you have any questions regarding your future career or what you want to accomplish at college, your advisor is a great resource.  They can help you figure out what you need to do to be successful and happy with your degree.  That’s what they are there for!

Be open to different major and minors, research ones that seem to spark your interest, and check out the requirements for what you will need to do to attain the degree.  Don’t worry about change.  As yoga guru Bikram Choudhury says, “Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” **exploreforayear.com

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