• 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!

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

Protecting Yourself From Technology Disasters

So I got home from teaching yesterday, and to my surprise, when I went to turn on my laptop, it didn’t work.  I could get the very beginning screen to come up, but after that it would freeze and not move!  It wouldn’t have been a big deal if ALL of my stuff for classes hadn’t been saved to my computer….along with all of my hundreds of dollars of music purchased off of itunes.  Now what?!  Well, since I got my computer from Best Buy almost 4 years ago (way back before I was a freshman here at CSS!), I decided that I would be best off taking it to the wonderful Geek Squad staff.

After driving like a crazy person all the way to the store (gotta make it before close!) and waiting in line for a good twenty minutes, I finally got to talk to a technician.  I showed him the problem and he wanted to try a couple things before assuming it dead.  First, he popped off the back battery and tried putting it back on, which can sometimes be a common freezing problem. (I had already tried this several times at home!).  Not it.  Then, he tried one more thing to ensure that we had exhausted all possible causes.  He unscrewed the bottom panel where the memory chips were located, popped both of them out one by one, and then reattached them.  He set it back on the counter, pushed the power button, and the thing booted right up!  I could not have been more excited…or more happy with Geek Squad for saving my academic life!

So, the moral of the story is this: make sure you back up the stuff on your computer always always always.

  • Use a Travel Drive and save all of your important documents to it.
  • Under the Run feature on your computer, periodically back up the files on your computer to ensure that everything is safe.
  • Use multiple CDs and put important documents on there, and then pull them out if anything should happen.
  • Use your school R Drive.  Under Netstorage under the school’s homepage, save any important documents for school on this drive, which is backed up everyday, to ensure that all of your work stays safe and sound.

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