• 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!

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

Food For Thought

Ready to adapt to the dorm room lifestyle?  It’s a big adjustment…especially when it comes to cooking.  You will most likely be equipped with the basics:  a microwave, a cubic refrigerator, and (if you’re lucky!) a Foreman-style grill.  So…what groceries will help you to survive the school year?

  • Ramen Noodles: I know, I know.  Everyone tells you that all college students live off of Ramen.  But honestly, these are super easy to prepare on a busy night of studying or even after a late weekend party.  Eat them out of the package like crackers or boil them in your microwave.  Either way, they are cheap and tasty.
  • Instant Macaroni: Microwavable, affordable (only about $.79/ package), and cheesy. Yum.
  • Fully/Partially cooked chicken:  You can buy chicken that is pre-cooked, chopped, and frozen.  Throw it on a Foreman grill or microwave it and it’s ready to eat.  Throw it in pasta or eat it on a salad.
  • Frozen/Canned Vegetables:  Depending on the size of your fridge, you may opt to buy canned vegetables.  This is a great idea, because they are 1) Very good for you! and 2) Will keep virtually forever since they are non-perishable.  However, if you have enough space in your freezer for frozen veggies, this may be a better choice.  They, too, will keep for a long period of time and are actually cheaper per serving then their canned version.
  • Peanut Butter: It lasts forever and tastes delicious.  If you are a peanut butter toast or sandwich person, it’s difficult to go without.  Need some protein after a late practice or before a big test?  This is an easy thing to grab a scoop of.
  • Chocolate chips:  Whether you eat them plain, throw them in pancakes, or feel like making cookies, they are always nice to have on hand.  If you are having a rough night, these little babies will help ya through it.  Guaranteed.
  • Bread: Honestly, college would be hard to survive without this.  Sandwiches!  Grilled cheese on the grill or a simple PB and J, this stuff is a necessity.

Good luck and happy cooking!



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