• 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!

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

Spontaneity: The Key to Memories

The great musician John McLaughlin once said, “Only in spontaneity can we be who we truly are.”  This could not be any more true.  It seems as though, as time goes by, we experience many events and participate in numerous activities, but many of these memories fade or become extremely vague as we age.  The normal, uneventful days of our past are not well-remembered, but rather blend together as one blob of memory…seemingly unimportant.  However, those days in which we broke away from the norm and were spontaneous, silly, or downright ridiculous, we seem to be able to recall for much longer periods of time.  In some cases, forever.  So…if you are not prone to this natural spontaneity, what are some ways that you can work towards being more spontaneous and holding onto your treasured college memories?  Here are some suggestions:

1. Don’t reject an offer that is given to you.  If someone asks you to go out for the night, watch a movie, or take a random trip, embrace it!  Who knows where it will lead and what excitement is in store.

2. Stay focused rather than lazy.  Spontaneity entails doing something ABOVE the norm.  Sitting and watching television does not count as being spontaneous!

3. Start small and take baby steps.  Make small goals for yourself (like signing up for new activities).

4. Get rid of activities that are boring or uninteresting.  Try to spend time NOT doing these types of activities, and you will be introduced to a much more memorable lifestyle!

5. Jump out of your comfort zone.  Allow yourself to break free and do things that are uncharacteristic of yourself.  It’s okay to be different!

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