• 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!

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

Returning from break and getting in the game

I hope all of you had a relaxing and blessed Easter holiday.  I enjoyed being up in Ely with my family and friends yesterday, and for all of you who went home over break, I hope that it was just as enjoyable for you.  However, now we are all making the transition back to campus and preparing for the final month of our school year.  Think about it….one more month of school and we are done for another summer.  It doesn’t seem to be coming quite fast enough, does it?  Well, after this point it will fly by.

What are some ways that you can make it go even quicker?  Be prepared and get ahead of the stress.  I find that if you try to take little steps to prepare for the stress ahead (i.e. tests, big projects, numerous homework assignments), you will ultimately walk into the home stretch of the school year feeling prepared and ready to be done rather than cramming it all in.  How do you do this?  Well, it’s not really that complicated.  I call it “trickling” your work.  I list all of my assignments out on a calendar or board where I can see them, and when I have some extra time during laundry, cleaning, or waiting around for friends, I try to plunk away at the tasks I have listed.  I typically always start with the assignments due the soonest.  However, if there is a big project that requires a lot of components or a huge tests that encompasses several chapters, I will also try to knock out little aspects of these types of assignments over time. 

This method will not work for everyone.  It is purely an art form of multi-tasking, in all honesty.  If multi-tasking is not your strongest point, I suggest that you try to command and conquer each item on your list individually before moving on to the next thing.  Sometimes this can be more efficient and allow for you to focus entirely on one topic at a time.  But for me, multi-tasking is a necessity.  My mind is so scattered all the time that I find myself naturally jumping from project to project.  Yet, it is effective and enables me to relax once that final week of work is upon us!

Hope the trip back to school is one of ease for everyone and, again, hope Easter break was enjoyable for all of you 🙂

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