• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

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    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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Roommate Bonding!

With Halloween and the beautiful fall season upon us, there is no better time to work on building up a strong, healthy relationship with the person (or people) that you spend everyday with.  Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the stress and frustration of school, work, and deadlines and forget just how wonderful the people you live with are.  If you are having a difficult time keeping peace with your roommate, this may also be an extremely important way to tie up the loose ends.  Maybe they are always coming home late at night when you have class early the next morning or can’t keep their side of the room clean or make such a giant mess in the kitchen and never clean up.  If so, it’s time to connect with that person and try to relate to them in a way other than simply being “their roommate.”

Here are some awesome bonding opportunities that are perfect for Halloween and fall:

  • Go shopping and pick out Halloween decorations to decorate your apartment with.  If you don’t have money to buy them, work together to make some yourselves. 
  • Watch scary movies and have popcorn and special drinks.  I once had a movie marathon with my freshman roommate, and instead of watching gory movies, we actually watched children’s Halloween specials.  Even better!
  • Carve pumpkins together.  Use patterns or create your own carving pattern and see who can make the most crazy and elaborately designed pumpkin. 
  • Work on making costumes, or if you don’t enjoy the DIY factor, go out and find costumes together.  If you really want to bond, try finding a group costume or couple costume that you two can go as. 
  • Bake.  Make some delicious spooky treats together and enjoy a chat.
  • Play fun spooky games.  Invite other friends over to your place and throw a Halloween game night.  There are tons of ideas for fun games online, or just use the traditional board games that you have played…or Twister.  Twister is always good!
  • Get candy for trick or treaters.  It’s always a good idea to have candy on hand for unexpected trick or treaters.  Take time to run ot the store together and pick some up.  Find out what your favorite kinds are and make sure you get both of them for the stockpile at home.

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