• 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!

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

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

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

Handling the Heat

This is one of the hottest summers that our state can recall, and residents are taking notice. For those without central a/c, restaurants, malls, and other public establishments are flocked to in the fight to stay cool. This is a great way to temporarily solve the problem, but it doesn’t solve the long term. (You obviously can’t live in retail stores or restaurants!) And, to make matters worse, it’s only July. August is actually the month in which we typically feel the hottest temperatures. How much hotter can it get, right? Well, if you are one of those individuals I mentioned earlier without central air, here are some easy ways to stay cool even in the hottest of conditions.

– Turn on the hose!

Remember when you were little and used to run through the sprinkler to stay cool? Relive your childhood by hooking up the sprinkler, playing on a slip-n-slide, or simply spraying yourself and your friends with the hose. Always cools you off.

– Have a water balloon fight.

Round up some of the little neighborhood kids or find some of your buds and throw a water balloon fight.  If you are feeling extra goofy, fill up some super soaker water guns to make the competition even more intense! 🙂

– Turn up the fans.

Use fans inside your home to blow out the warm air.  Open up the windows and direct the fan towards outside.  This blows the warmer air from inside back outside.  Have another fan blowing inside to circulate the air still present in the house.  If possible, try to keep shades closed during high sun times, as well, to keep out the sun’s heat.

– Stay hydrated.

Studies have shown that the easiest and most often forgotten way to handle high temperatures is to stay hydrated and drink lots of water.  While it may seem like a good idea to sit on the lake and drink alcohol or other adult beverages on a hot day, these in fact dehydrate you and make the heat feel even more intense after your beverages are gone!  Want a good feeling afterwards?  Drink water!

– Ice Packing.

Wear an ice pack on your forehead, arms, or legs to keep yourself cooler.  Once it loses its cool, throw it back in the freezer.  Hopefully you have more than one pack so that you can alternate!

-Eat healthy.

In extreme conditions, eating the right way can actually benefit your body even more.  By incorporating cool fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats such as omega 3s, your body is more prepared to handle harsh temperatures and adjust accordingly.

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