• 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!

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Halle Nystrom

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

Nah, man, thanks….but I’m good

Everyone has experienced times in their lives where they have been succumbed to peer pressure.  Whether to do something rather innocent like skip class, or something more serious like drinking alcohol underage (or overdoing it after you’re 21).  Today,  I wanted to bring up a touchy subject that serves as a new topic of peer pressure within our society: synthetic drugs.  While many dealers try to sugarcoat and hide the true contents of these substances by calling them “bathsalts” or coded titles such as “K2,” it doesn’t change the fact that these drugs are dangerous, mind-altering, and extremely deadly.  They are created in labs, made from practically anything that the dealers can get their hands on.  Official surveys indicate that for the high school population within our nation, nearly 1 in every 9 students is on some sort of synthetic drug.

Now, with these being said, ask yourself if you have ever contemplated using a synthetic drug or know of someone else (a close friend or family member maybe) who has thought about it.  What is the rationale behind it?  Why does it seem like such an alluring idea?  The Star Tribune came out today with an article that in my opinion is earth-shattering on this subject.  It follows the stories of 4 of the high schoolers from Blaine who used a synthetic drug at a party last year and lost one of their best friends to the drug in the process.  Each student comments on their experience when using the drug and how they now view the situation/what they would do differently.  The affects of the online-ordered drug were violent, excruciatingly painful, and inconsistent.  One individual compared the feelings she experienced to death, even. 

I encourage you to read the article, even if this is not a major concern to you at the moment.  It may open your eyes to the danger and fear that synthetic drugs has placed upon our society and change your opinions…?  I know I have never considered doing drugs in my life and it has never been an issue for me.  However, this article still opened my eyes to the reality of what these drugs are truly capable of.  Should we as a society be concerned?  Mmmmm. Yes.


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