• 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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    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
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    Biology

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

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    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

Shall We Dance?

For those of you who don’t know this about me, I am obsessed with dance.  I have been competing since kindergarten and have absorbed nearly every sort of style there is, from ballet to hip hop to modern.  Since I have been home for the summer and away from the studio in Superior where I teach, I have been unable to find time to choreograph and work on my dancing thanks to an incredibly busy work schedule.  Yesterday, however, I was blessed with the morning off of work and had the opportunity to choreograph for my jazz and lyrical classes for an hour and a half, and what a difference it made in my overall mood!  When I dance, I can put all of the stress and worries that life has imposed upon me and leave them on the floor.  I feel free and nothing bothers me. 

I feel that everyone has some sort of release in their life…some sort of activity or way of thinking that allows them to temporarily “escape” from their troubles and be at peace.  Maybe you already know what that release is in your life, and if so, I advise and encourage you to take time out of your week…even if its just an hour or two…to RELAX and enjoy it.  If you have yet to find what relieves your anxiety and helps you to be peaceful, look for it!  Try new activities and do things with friends that you may not normally do.  Find that release.  When the school year finally rolls around, you will be glad that you did! 🙂

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