• 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!

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

Stress Stress Stress

So much to do and so little time!  Don’t you hate feeling like this?  I tell ya, it takes on a whole meaning when you are trying to prepare to graduate from college.  It seems like having time to just relax, workout, watch television, or even just check your Facebook are few and far between.  However, it is SOO important for both your mind and your body to set aside time to just enjoy what makes you you.  After all, you do only live one time, which means that it is crucial to take good care of yourself and make sure that you keep your body healthy and your spirits up as much as you possibly can.

My New Years mission was to really work on placing my trust in the Lord and letting go of my fears, stresses, and day to day worries so that I could be happier and more thankful with each day that I have been given.  I feel as though this hasn’t been occurring as often as I want it to and that I haven’t truly embraced my resolution yet this year.  But…it’s a new month, a new day, and a new opportunity to start doing this now.  So what are my plans to accomplish it?

  • Set aside time for connecting with God.  Even ten or fifteen minutes a day to just read the Bible, pray, and connect with my faith will be really helpful in curbing my anxiety.
  • Celebrating my gifts and passions.  Taking some time to sketch, paint, dance, and go running are all great ways to find relief and meaning in an otherwise chaotic time!
  • Showing people I care.  By going out for coffee, making a simple phone call, or even taking the time to send a Facebook message to an old friend can be a great way to get out of the stress bubble and remember the important things in life.
  • Being kind to my mind.  When I get stressed or confused with big projects and work responsiblities, I often blame myself and feel as though I cannot attain my goal.  I really want to work hard to embrace my mind and the wonderful knowledge that God has granted me, and instead of saying “I can’t,” say “I know I can.”

I’m off to re-train the brain.  Happy Monday all!

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