• 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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    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Apple Valley, MN

Get the Most Out of Your Weekend

Looking how to maximize your weekend time, allowing for studying for those pesky finals, packing, and still enjoying your last weekend in Duluth?  Aren’t we all!  This is literally the crunch weekend of all weekends…but if you get through this one, you can get through them all!  Here is a little guided outline for how to balance it all out:


Morning: Spend time studying your work while eating a good breakfast.  Try to focus on the general overarching ideas in your classes and work your way up to specifics.

Early Afternoon: Pack a box or two of your things and put them aside.  Think “What will I not need during the upcoming week?”  Usually, there are always some items that you have “just in case.”  Those are the ones to start packing!  Also, any unused food or household items would be good to start going through.  If you don’t need them, donate to CHUM or the VITA food shelf on campus.

Late Afternoon: Go out with the roommates for ice cream or a late lunch to take a break from the business.  If you feel extra motivated to be active, take a long walk on the boardwalk or go for a run.  It will relieve your stress and get those endorphins going!

Evening: Do one final study run through, skimming each area that you need to.  Try to challenge yourself by stating a general topic and seeing what you can rehearse from it.  This will help you apply it in the real testing situation.

Night: Go out!  It’s Saturday, so make sure you have fun and enjoy it on your last weekend.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, Homegrown is going on all weekend so there will be lots of great bands to choose from and follow!


Morning: Again, BREAKFAST.  Then go for a little walk or run to get the blood flowing and to let out some energy before the work time sets in.

Afternoon: Study it up.  Take each subject one at a time and pick it apart.  Look over details, focus on each of the main ideas, and challenge yourself to memorize.  Make flashcards for vocabulary if this is helpful.  

Late Afternoon: Pack one more box of items, if possible.  Otherwise, bring the boxes you packed out to your vehicle so you will have less to load up on the day of moving.  Saves you many future trips!

Evening: Do dinner or a movie with the roommates or friends from school.  There are some awesome movies in theatres right now, but if that’s not your cup of tea, stream one on Netflix and order in some food!  Doesn’t get much better.

Night: Do a final study run through.  Check out the notes, skim them, go over any flashcards, and if a roommate is around ask if they will help you to review. 

Sleep with confidence, and be happy, because you just balanced out a weekend of productivity, work, and play!  Woohoo!

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