• 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!

  • Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN
    Communications

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    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN
    English

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Cheyenne Lemm

    Senior
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    History and Social Science Secondary Education

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    Junior
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    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Management

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    Junior
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    Biology

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    Class of 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    English, Medieval & Renaissance

  • Alexa Lee

    Class of 2017
    Esko, MN
    English

    Patrick Linn

    Class of 2017
    Roseville, MN
    Communication Major, Film Concentration

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

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    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

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

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    Senior
    Aurora, CO
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    Sophomore
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    Exercise Physiology

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    Class of 2017
    Prior Lake, MN
    Social Work

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    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

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    Hudson, WI
    Biology and Spanish

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    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

Best Ways to Cheer Up a Friend

Do you have a friend who is stressed with the new semester?  Did someone you know recently have a rough break up and needs to know that you care?  Maybe a friend just is having a rough day and needs a little fun to lighten the mood.  Whatever the cause may be, it is always good to show those people who hold a valued place in your life that everything will be okay and that you are there for them.  That’s where this blog comes in!  I have collected some ways to cheer up a friend in need and developed my personal “top ten” ideas.  Enjoy and put them to good use 🙂

  1. Give them a hug (for some reason, this seems to always be a good idea…)
  2. Turn on a funny movie.  Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell…good stuff
  3. Throw a dance party.  Be goofy, turn on some old school tunes, and dance along.  Always cheers me up.
  4. Buy some cheap entertainment.  Go to the dollar store and find the goofiest purchases you can, then enjoy the loot.  So random, yet so worth it.
  5. Bake cookies.  I don’t care if you’re a guy, a girl, or a dog, baking cookies is always a good choice.
  6. Go to the spa.  For girls, especially, this is the perfect opportunity to let out thoughts, feelings, and stress.  Sometimes you even get chocolate 🙂
  7. Play pretend.  Go out shopping and take on roles.  Act like a tourist from Australia or some other foreign country and weird out the shoppers around you.
  8. Clean.  Get those productivity juices flowing and help your friend clean up and clean away the bad karma.
  9. Build a fort.  Who says it’s just for kids?  I love forts!
  10. Play a board game.  Sometimes playing a simple board game like Life or Monopoly can completely detract from the troubles of life.  Things suddenly become much more simple.

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