• 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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Christmas Decorating: Dorm Room Dos and Don’ts

December 1st is a very significant day, at least in my family, because it signifies the first day that you can officially begin to decorate and celebrate the Christmas season.  (Our rule has always been, once you can start using the countdown calendar, then it’s time for Christmas stuff!)  So, in the spirit of Christmas, I will finally have the opportunity to decorate my apartment today.  And wouldn’t you know it, I cannot wait!  Now that I am on the verge of graduating college, I oftentimes think about freshman year and what it was like celebrating all of these holidays with a strange roommate.  It was quite the adventure and sure allowed for some great bonding time between us.  For those of you dorm-rooming it this year, here are some helpful tips for decorating your dorm together:


  • Wrap your door.  Not only is choosing wrapping paper that matches your personalities a fun way to bond as roommates, but it also makes your room look festive and fun for those walking down the hall to their early morning classes!  Brighten everyone’s day.
  • String lights.  Nothing is better than coming home from a long day of classes, plugging in some colorful Christmas lights, and relaxing.  Plus, it makes your room feel much more Christmas-like….duh!
  • Color pictures.  Me and my roommate used to do this all the time, no matter how dorky it was!  We went to the dollar store and picked out some cute Christmas coloring books.  Then, when we needed a break from homework or time to relax, we would color pictures and tack them up around the room or out in the commons area.  Awesome way to spread Christmas cheer.
  • Get a fake tree.  What could be more Christmassy than a tree?!  Michaels offers great deals on small plastic trees that can be decorate and easily stored.  Also a great place to store presents as you and your roommate collect for family and friends.


  • Light candles.  Fire hazard.  Enough said.
  • Use extension cords for lighting.  Again, fire hazard.  No long string of lights is worth waking up all of your dorm room brethren at 4 in the morning to evacuate the building because you started a fire.  I’ve seen it.  Not worth it.
  • Buy a real Christmas tree.  There are countless reasons why this is a horrible idea.  One: the needles shed….all over your room….and the hall.  Two: you need to keep up with watering it.  Three: the smell can irritate other residents.  Four: it is not allowed on campus.  Need I go on?
  • Hang wreaths or evergreens.  Although these don’t really shed, still a horrible idea.  Primarily for reasons three and four above.

And on that note (haha), happy decorating!

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