• 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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    Saint Paul, MN
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    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
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    Takudzwa Munjanja

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    Madrid, Spain
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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

Putting the Vacation Back in “Summer Vacation”

While we all view summer as a vacation from school responsibilities, grades, and teachers, we don’t always treat ourselves with a true “vacation” during summer. We spend our time working, helping with family members, and keeping up with responsibilities in our hometown communities and neighborhoods. It is unlike Spring Break, when we plan out specific vacations far in advance and give ourselves a chance to get away. Rather, we work to save our money for classes and hold onto our funds tightly. However, you need to allow yourself to take some breaks during this time period referred to as a “vacation!” I have gathered some short, somewhat “mini” vacation ideas for you to try to put a little relaxation and fun back into your summer!

1. Go to a local or state fair. These only come during one time of the year and can really be a blast. Go with friends or family to try the weirdest foods available, see some local bands, and jump on a few rides. If you decide to go to Minnesota’s State Fair, I highly recommend checking out the DNR building (which has awesome fish and wildlife from across the state), the agricultural building, the FOOD BUILDING, and the Midway.
2. Leave your hometown for the day and travel to one of your favorite cities. Allow yourself to escape from the local citizens and individuals you see on a daily basis and immerse yourself in the company of those you don’t know.
3. Spend an entire day on the water. Take out a fishing boat, pontoon, or stay on the beach and swim. Bring some friends, some drinks, and your bathing suit and don’t you dare think about work or responsibilities for the whole day!
4. Go to the theatre or a favorite sports game in a different town. Make a day out of it and explore the city. Afterwards, go out for drinks with friends or have dinner at one of the restaurants you find.
5. Take a road trip with your closest friends. Plan a day or two to simply drive around the nearby states and explore the sites. Be spontaneous and take advantage of the shops, restaurants, and beautiful landmarks that you come across along the way. Take lots of pictures!

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