• 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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    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)


It is a cold one out there today…and only supposed to get colder.  If you are living in the dorms, lucky you!  Your walk to class each day is minimal compared to those in the apartments and off-campus commuters.  However, each year parking is always a struggle…and the walk from Lot 17 to your room can be the worst.  Here are some tips from experience on how to stay warm when navigating around campus:

  • Check out local convenience stores and retail stores for hand and feet warmers.  These are only a dollar or two to buy and work just like an ice pack (except  they create heat, instead).  Excellent choice if you know you will be outside for any extended period of time!
  • Talk to a friend.  If two of you are walking to your cars and one of you is parked in a closer location, walk to that car and then drive to the one farther away.  This will save one person a chilling walk.
  • Ring campus security.  Part of their job is to help you with staying safe and comfortable and there are call phones in each major parking lot.  They would be happy to come and give you a ride if needed.
  • Bring a coffee thermos.  Even if you don’t like coffee, fill it with tea, hot cocoa, or even just hot water.  This will help you stay warm as you walk.
  • Wear layers.  It’s always easier to shed layers in the winter than to put more on…and when you are walking, you will want them on!
  • Remember hats, scarves, and mittens.  Winter gear becomes your best friends during these treks, and no one will look at you funny for wearing it…because secretly everyone will wish they were warm like you!
  • Finally, wear appropriate footwear.  Sandal and stiletto season is OVER.  Pack those away for the winter and pull out your boots and heavy duty sneakers.  Winter is ON.

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