• 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

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education


So I went into Walmart the other day to get some groceries and was kind of surprised.  When I went into the store, I walked towards the section where the holiday displays are located.  The first thing I spotted was the Halloween decorations and costumes that were on clearance.  This was completely understandable, since Halloween was only a week ago.  However, after I traveled one aisle farther, I began to hear Christmas music.  There were Christmas trees on display, tree ornaments, stockings, gift box sets, boxes of candy, and wafting smells of peppermint and vanilla.  It was like walking into a completely different world!

WHY is there all of these Christmas decorations out already?  It’s not even Thanksgiving yet.  I do realize that Black Friday shopping is coming the day after Thanksgiving, so stores are attempting to get their shoppers more in the Christmas “mood.”  However, isn’t it sort of like overlooking an entire holiday when we start preparing stores for two holidays after the one that was just celebrated?  It seems as though this is a common theme for many different establishments this year, especially with the downward turn of our economy.  Stores are working to bring in Christmas shoppers and gain some revenue before the year ends.  In fact, there is an interesting news clip that I found on this, as well:


Interesting!  And yet, sort of disturbing…

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