• 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!

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

Getting Ready for the Big Day

Yes, we all are going under a lot of stress in our lives right now.  We are packing, planning, organizing, preparing for a new year of college and a new way of life.  But, despite all of these overwhelming feelings, I challenge you to take a moment and expand your thinking a little bit.  During the last few months, our world has seen a number of astronomical events.  War in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya; starvation and devastation in Somalia; tornadoes in Minneapolis and Missouri; hurricanes in the gulf and East Coast; earthquakes in Japan; rises in the number of homicides and murders within our nation; severe economic recession…and the list continues.  How do you think that the individuals in these areas dealing with this devastation and pain feel?  Overwhelmed?  Tired?  Hopeless?  True, our lives are at a point of high stress and tension, but in comparison to these events, our burden suddenly feels so much more insignificant.  When you feel as though things are not going to pan out, think of these individuals.  Pray for them.  Think of ways in which you can show your support for them.  How can you channel your stress and frustration into a positive act?  How can their plight be eased?

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