• 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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Duluth: Day 1

Moving back into my apartment yesterday proved to be a little more complicated than I had anticipated (which is usually the case with any move-in situation).  I began the day just as I had planned.  I woke up at around 6:00 am and had a little breakfast.  I had already packed the majority of my belongings into my parents’ van, which was supposed to be the second vehicle that we drove down to Duluth (along with my truck).  Yet, my truck had been in the shop getting fixed since Tuesday, and despite my thorough planning and the mechanic’s guarantee that he could get it done in time, my truck wasn’t ready.  I was frustrated when I woke up and realized I wouldn’t have my truck for this important day, but I made the best of things and packed my remaining belongings into the van, which I would drive down to Duluth in the hopes that my family would drive my truck down later in the day when it would be finished. 

I made it back safely to Duluth and parked in front of my apartment.  When I got out and approached the door, the complications of the day began to grow.  As I made for the door handle, I realized that it had been pulled out from the door and was not tightly secured.  This worried me right away, not because I was worried about repairing it, but because I knew my apartment was being used by a subleaser all summer.  What did he do?!  I walked through the door, and it appeared that all of my furniture that I had lended to the subleaser were present.  However, upon closer inspection, I realized that my possessions had been damaged.  Water-marked, broken wood, ripped upholstery.  I was flaming!   To top it all off, the apartment had been cleared but in no way cleaned.  Pong balls, food on the counter, old pill bottles, and a moldy shower.  After about 9 hours of cleaning, I had the place back in order.  Yet, I incurred one more surprise.  As I went to hook up my wi-fi modem so I could use my computer, I realized that the line was no longer working. 

Everything will work out fine and I have a wonderful landlord who I have been able to communicate with to hammer out all of the problems I have dealt with. That is one aspect of renting I can’t stress enough: find a good landlord!  They save your life.  One word of caution, though, is to be very picky about who you allow to sublease.  Meet them before they sign the lease agreement, find out their hobbies, and know their lifestyle.  It will ensure the safety of your belongings, your apartment, and your sanity!

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