• 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!

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Jason Chavez

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

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jin Baek

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

    Katelyn Gehling

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

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

So much to be thankful for.

Just returning home to Ely to see the family and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with some of my favorite people.  There is always a great feeling that comes from being home for the holidays.  A big fireplace to warm you up and abundant beverages to sip on that you don’t even have to pay for.  It’s a perfect deal.

Now, I know that the main reason most of us get excited for Thanksgiving and the holiday season is the food.  And who can argue with that?  There is nothing wrong with stuffing yourself silly with turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and homemade pumpkin pie.  However, when you are enjoying the food and drinks of the holiday season, make sure you take time to enjoy being around the people you love the very most.  That is what we truly should be most thankful for.  Family that cares about us no matter what happens, friends who embrace our imperfections and celebrate who we are, coaches and professors who wish to see us succeed.

No matter who it is that makes a difference in your life, make sure you take a second over your break to send them a cheerful thanks and wish them a Happy Holiday season. 🙂  I’m sure they will do the same for you!

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