• 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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    San Salvador, El Salvador
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    Saint Paul, MN
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    Minneapolis, MN
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    Harare, Zimbabwe
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Roommates: Being a Pal to Yours

A new semester means a new block of time to spend studying and slinking around campus, getting into mischief and hoping to pass each class.  Who is with you the whole duration of the semester, through thick and thin, makeup or no makeup, dressed up or grunged down, sleeping or awake?  Yup, those wonderful roommates of yours.  Roommates really deserve more credit than they are given.  If you think about it, these people put up with you even on your worst days…the ones where you would rather throw a chair across the room than write another paper; the ones where you broke up with your newest fling and all you want to do is eat ice cream and lay in bed.  They know you!  Perhaps it would be beneficial to show them how much you care.  Here are some ways how:

  1. Clean up.  Whether after just yourself or for the both of you, an awesome and simple way to help out your roomie is to keep your living area clean.  If the dishes are dirty (even if they aren’t all yours), wash them up quick.  If the floor is full of mud or salt from the snow, grab a broom.  It takes only five or ten minutes and can foster a much more loving environment.
  2. Stock up.  If you know that you and your roommate enjoy eating many of the same foods or are crazy about a particular hobby, go out and go shopping together.  Buy things for your place that you both appreciate and are useful.
  3. Have dinner nights.  Plan a night during the week that you and your roommate can sit down and make a home-cooked meal.  Tacos, sloppy joes, pancakes, or even the basic PB & J are easy dinner solutions and can yield conversation between the two of you.
  4. Go to the gym.  Working out with your roommate can be a great way to bond and to relieve stress, all at the same time!  After you leave, the endorphins will be flowing and you two should be able to talk out even the most difficult of problems.
  5. Listen!  Take the time to know what is going on in your roommate’s life (but don’t force it out of them, of course).  If they share information with you, be attentive and responsive to what they are saying.  After a day or two passes, check up on them and see how things are going.  Being a caring roommate often can result in mutual respect and trust.


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