• 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!

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

Pull Out That Credit Card, Folks

It’s that time of year again.  Book buying!  It is always somewhat stressful to pull out the book list and watch the total cost slowly work its way into the triple digits.  Many of the textbooks we need for classes can be upwards of a hundred dollars….for a single book.  That’s no easy pill to swallow when you are living off of student loans!  For my current semester, I am paying about $300.00 for 4 textbooks (this was after using alternative resources like Amazon).  Had I not, I would have payed about $50 more.

Students are now given the opportunity to opt out of the buying process and do the new rental procedure for books.  This is a great option if you don’t plan on keeping any of your books.  However, the cost of renting only slightly cuts back on purchasing costs…and with no reimbursement from book buybacks. 

Yet, the high cost of textbooks seems to be a dilemma for all college-goers, not just particular institutions.  I chatted with a friend of mine from UMD who is pursuing a degree in engineering and discussed his typical book costs.  He shared that for a typical semester, he ends up shelling out between $300-$500 for his textbooks.  Yuck! 

It’s a difficult bullet to bite, but we all go through it.  A couple months of Ramen noodles, taking the bus, and checking coach cushions for loose change, and we will slowly recover from our financial hit!  Once you reach commencement and attain your degree, it will all be worth it 🙂

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