• 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!

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

Balancing Work and Summer Fun

The most challenging part about summer, at least for me, is finding ways to enjoy hanging out with friends and soaking up the rays while still working full time.  Sometimes it seems like there are simply not enough hours in the day!  However, with a little planning and some clear goals and priorities, it is very doable.  It’s all about organization:

For work:

  • Ensure that you are very clear about your schedule and shifts in advance.  2 weeks worth of scheduled shifts is always the most desirable.  Try to work out some sort of system with your employer so that you are not working without prior notice, if at all possible.
  • Plan for waking up.  If you have work shifts that are in the morning, make sure that the night before you set an alarm for yourself to be sure that you wake up for your job.  Going out at night is often the only time possible for you to socialize, but make sure you are acting responsibly on behalf of your job by preparing.
  • Don’t let your status hinder your work abilities.  Make sure you have at least a decent amount of sleep in you in order to function properly and efficiently at work.  If you need 8 hours of sleep to perform well during the day, you may need to rethink when you are fitting in your social time.
  • Dress as expected.  Come to work the way you are required (whether dressed up in black pants/skirts/suits for administrative jobs or in uniform).  This is a simple way to show that you care and respect your place of work and take your job seriously.

For time with friends:

  • Set limits.  If you know that you have important things to take care of the next day, set a limit of drinks or a limit of how late you will stay out to ensure that your next day is a productive one.  Having a clear frame of mind will lead to you being more mindful of your night.
  • Live it up.  It’s summer, so make sure you are doing things you truly enjoy doing with your buds.  Hang out on the lake, have a pool party, and camp.  Just be careful and intentional about your activities.
  • Be responsible.  That little voice in the back of your head is talking to you and telling you what’s a bad idea and what’s a good idea.  Listen to it! 🙂
  • Spread out.  There will always be one or two friends who you are apt to spend just about all of your time with.  However, try to stretch your time with many different individuals if you can.  See old faces, have nights out with your siblings, and make the most of your time away from school with the many people you know and love.


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