• 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!

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Katelyn Gehling

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

    Jin Baek

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

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Jason Chavez

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

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

New Baby A’Comin.

Sometime this week,  I will be an auntie for the first time.  I absolutely cannot wait to have another baby in the family (the last time was 11 years ago!) and I am totally looking forward to being a role model for this young kiddo.  There are a lot of questions that come along with becoming an aunt or uncle, especially pertaining to how to help raise them and how to nurture them without overstepping the parental boundaries of your sibling.  Here are just some of the goals that I hold for myself during the years following the birth of my soon to be niece or nephew.

1. Be a role model.  I want my niece or nephew to look up to me as someone that they want to be like someday.  This means taking responsibility for my actions, taking my job and career seriously, and making positive choices that they too will want to display as they grow up.

2. Be a friend.  Whether this means sharing in different activities that they enjoy, teaching them the art and skill of my own interests, or simply being there to lend an ear when they need to talk about things.  I want to do it all.

3. Be a buffer.  Because I am not the parents of this kiddo, I can help to be an intermediary if conflicts arise down the line.  If they get in a fight with mom or dad and don’t want to talk with them, I want to be there to listen and help communicate peace for both sides.  Having someone they know they can trust will definitely be helpful.

4. Be a parent figure.  Although I won’t biologically be this child’s parent, there will be times during their life that I will have to look after them as if I was.  I will need to help enforce behavior that is appropriate and help teach them lessons throughout their childhood and adolescent life.  While this seems like a huge responsibility…and it is, the joy of seeing them grow up to be an amazing person will make it all worth the while.

 

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