• 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!

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance 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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