• 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!

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Halle Nystrom

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

Curbing Stress

The beginning of each semester can be, for many of us, the most overwhelming and stressful times we experience during the year.  Aside from finals week, this is when the most pressure is placed upon us, when we learn about upcoming projects we will be responsible for, daily assignments, schedules, and all sorts of information that we didn’t anticipate receiving all at once.  While it can be a headache (and a bit frustrating), you will get through it!  Here are some tips and reminders for taking your classes and spending your time here at college in a stress-free way.

  1. Take things one day at a time.  It can be scary to look at the syllabuses of your classes and to see the “big picture” of all of the responsibilities you have.  My recommendation: focus on only one class at a time, one day at a time.  You can’t possibly do everything right away, so don’t overwhelm your mind by attempting to.  Take it slow and steady.
  2. Take breaks.  Go for runs, walks, or take a quick run to the nearest coffee shop to meet up with a friend and chat.  Your mind needs time to process information and refocus when it is crammed with new facts and knowledge, so let it have its moment.
  3. Stay hydrated.  Nothing is worse than feeling overwhelmed, nervous, and frustrated than feeling all of these things and getting a headache on top of it from a lack of hydration.  Drink lots of water, gatorade, and other beverages to keep your mind and body strong.
  4. Organize.  Map out what you need to accomplish for each class and create a checklist for yourself.  Do the assignments and take care of the items on your list in the order that you have them prioritized.
  5. Don’t panic.  When you panic, your body shuts down and you can’t accomplish anything at all.  Stay positive, know that you are capable of doing great things, and succeed.  You can do it!

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