• 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!

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science


I was given the opportunity to go down to the Twin Cities yesterday and re-connect with my roots.  I was born and raised just north of Saint Paul for the majority of my youth, so going back down there always feels like truly “going home.”  For those of you who live down there, I am jealous of your weather!  It was gorgeous out yesterday (wonderfully sunny and not humid at all).  Perfect Easter egg hunt weather, if you ask me!

I stopped by Southdale Mall and the Mall of America, which was really interesting to see how much both have changed and evolved over time.  Don’t get me wrong, I slowly saw some of the changes that were being made to them (especially the park at MOA), but it was crazy to see it completely changed and up-and-running.  I wasn’t sure how to react to the once Snoopy statue that welcomed every child to the park that now stood as Spongebob.  It seemed a little unsettling to me…but new generations, new trends I suppose.

In terms of interesting events that were going on, I got to see a ton of little kiddos talk with the “Easter Bunny” at the mall and take pictures in his Easter egg wonderland.  Very cute.  I also did a lot of people watching.  Ever notice that this becomes nearly automatic when you are in a room filled with people you don’t know?  Four floors of people you don’t know almost puts you into a comatose.  My eyes feel like they dart constantly to what (or who) strikes my attention.  Never is disappointing!

I hope that everyone’s break is going well thus far and that your families and friends are celebrating with you in the spirit of Easter (or Jesus, truthfully).  Enjoy the holiday!

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