• 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!

  • Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

Kicking the Habit?

Nothing is more difficult than trying to change old habits, especially if those habits are addictive.  I have been working with a close friend on trying to kick the smoking habit, and it has definitely been a long, ongoing battle.  It’s not easy for them, but this should really come as no surprise.  According to statistics from Cigarettes Digest, approximately 50% of individuals who start smoking in their adolescent years go on to smoke for at least 15-20 years.  So what’s the underlying point of this story?  There are ways that you can help those around you who want to stop (or help yourself to stop).  Here are a few ideas:

1.  Be supportive of them and respect that this is their challenge.  Give them space, but let them know that you are there for them to guide them through.

2. Give them access to “alternatives,” such as candy or gum to use when they have the urge to smoke.  Helping them to channel their habit into another direction is huge.

3. Invite them to do activities.  Plan a trip to the movies, a day out taking a walk by the lake, or a day of shopping.  Keeping busy is a helpful way to divert the habit.

4. Make the environment smoke-free.  If they don’t see others smoking or smell cigarettes in their presence, there is no reminder of the habit for them to be cued by.

5. Celebrate with them.  Help them to make small goals and each time a goal is reached, go ahead and celebrate the occasion.  Baby steps is the best, and safest, way to quit.

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