• 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!

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    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

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    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Bogotá, Colombia
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    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

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    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

Oh Cleaning We Will Go

What lovely gift have I been given today?  Well, the gift of cleaning of course!  I got all of my teaching done this morning, and I then learned that I had to clean my apartment today for a housing inspection tomorrow.  My first reaction: What?!  My second reaction: Okay.  haha.  So, now that I am home, I need to ensure that everything around here is up to speed for the inspection and that all goes according to regulation.  If you haven’t had a housing inspection done to your place before, just you wait!  What are some of the things to be aware of and check to make sure are “regulation”?

  • Smoke detectors.  How many do you have in your place?  Do they all work?  Are they located in the proper locations to detect smoke?
  • Recycling/Garbage.  Do you separate your trash, and if so, where do you store it before dumping? 
  • Heating.  Are your heating vents obstructed?  Are they working properly?  What temperature is your thermostat kept at?  Do you use alternative sources of heating aside from the regular heat source (i.e. electric heaters, blankets, etc)?
  • Structure.  Is there any foundational damage to the structure of the building?  Are their locations on floors, walls, ceilings that are in need of repair or rebuild?  Is the exterior structure of the building secure?
  • Security.  Do the locks, door knobs, and doors work properly and are they structurally sound?
  • Electric.  Is there any potential for shorts or electrical circuit breaks that need to be addressed?  Is the location using electricity properly and efficiently?  How much use is there?
  • Cleanliness (my main responsibility!).  Is the apartment clean and well kept?  Is there mold, parasites, or infestation?  Are amenities such as refrigerator, stove, and sinks clean and working properly?

Today, I will be responsible for cleaning.  That is my primary responsibility (the rest belongs to the landlords, primarily, but I suppose this depends on leasing agreements which can vary).  Time to slap on those rubber gloves, grab the air fresheners, and get to work!  Wish me luck!

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