• 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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    Mora, MN

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

Feeling Stressed? Tips to Relax

Well, we all know how this stage of the year feels.  Just starting to get a feel for being back in school and getting stuck with the first exams and papers of the year.  Sometimes it’s hard not to hit a wall of anxiety.  Here are a few ideas to try to de-stress:

  • Turn on your favorite music for a while without doing anything else.  Sometimes this is just the sort of mental break you need.  Get up, dance around a little, play the air guitar, whatever works for you!
  • Take a walk.  It’s been a beautiful last couple days outside, so get out there and take a short walk to free up your mind.  You might even feel a little inspired by something you see along the way. 
  • Make a phone call.  I do this all the time when I need some time to vent or just to switch gears for a little while.  Call a close family member or friend and allow yourself to reconnect to what I like to call “real life.”  School, and how you do in it, is not the tell all of life.  There is much more to it than that!
  • Bake or cook food.  I love nothing more than to bake up a fresh batch of cookies when I get overwhelmed with what’s going on in classes.  Better yet, make something that you can share with a group of friends and once you’re finished cooking, eat and do homework together.  Food and company, nothing better!
  • Reward yourself.  As you go through the material you are studying or progress through a paper, assign benchmarks for yourself that once you achieve, you can be rewarded for.  For example, when you finish 2 paragraphs of your paper, watch one episode of your television series.  Once it’s over, get back to work with a fresh perspective.

Hope this will help with any struggles you may be having! 


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