• 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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    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    East Bethel, MN
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First Time on Campus? Here’s What to Bring!

The first year of college is always a little confusing. New atmosphere, new people, and no idea what to expect besides what others have told you. Well, I am here to tell you that you have nothing to worry about! Living in the dorms and experiencing your first year of college is a wonderful adventure and truly serves as your first taste of real independence. Yet, many people always ask me “What do I need to bring when I come to school?” This question is valid, since the dorms are much smaller than a typical apartment (not to mention the fact that you share the dorm with another individual!). Here are some of the basic items I suggest:

-Space Rugs: cover up the cold, tiled floor with cozy rugs to make the space feel more home-like
-Chairs/Futon: talk with your roommate and see what you two agree on in terms of furniture and who will be able to transport it on campus
-Television: the school gives you cable access, all you need is a compatible tv 🙂
-DVD Player/ Game system: if you want to watch movies or play PS3/Wii games at school, feel free to bring the equipment and hook it up to your tv. Ensure that you practice safe lock-up procedures when leaving your room to protect your belongings.
-Mini-fridge: the school does not provide you with a fridge, so if you have items that you want to stay cold in your room or have a minimal meal plan, be sure to bring one
-Microwave: for in-the-room cooking! One of the only cooking appliances allowed.
-Towels/ Shower necessities: I suggest bringing a bath caddy to travel between your room and the shower facilities, as well
-Calendar/ Desk Organizer: this will help you stay on top of assignments and events at school, as well as customize your desk area
-Wall Decorations/ Artwork: to give your dorm an at-home feeling, feel free to bring colorful works you enjoy and decorate the room to make it your own
-Comforter/ Mattress Pad: the xl twin mattresses are rather springy, so having a mattress pad to throw on top of it will make it much comfortable

These are just some of the larger items.  Remember, however, to bring more basic items, too.  This would include your school items (pencils, backpack, stapler, binders, etc), hygiene products, DVDs, MP3 player, clothes, shoes, and jewelry.  Be smart about the amount of items you bring and try to keep it as minimal as possible to avoid over-clutter.

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