• 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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    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

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

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

Sunday: THE Day of Relaxation

From the time that Moses received the Ten Commandments, God proclaimed that on the seventh day (The Sabbath) would be one for rest and keeping holy.  That has always stood true in my family from the time I was a young girl, but it has not been without its challenges.  As society continues to get busier and busier and our lives revolve more around sports, school activities, and work, it seems to be more difficult to hold onto our value of having a day to rest and relax.  I remember when I was growing up, my family tried to go to church every Sunday and reserve the activities of the day as those spent with family, whether this was watching tv, going on family outings like to the zoo or out to eat, or just spending time outside.  Yet, as I grew older and my siblings did as well, activities always seemed to lead us astray from this “day of relaxation.”  We were active in sports and had basketball tournaments on Sundays, dance competitions, school council meetings, and other important work functions that would get in the way.  Even my parents became burdened with their work on Sundays, having to prepare for the next day or skipping out on family time altogether to go to work from morning until night.  It was sad to see it fade, and it continues to be sad as I see more and more people slipping out of God’s gift of a day of rest.

In college, we are truly gifted with the ability to acknowledge this day of rest.  We enjoy our weekend nights on Friday and Saturday and typically hold Sunday aside as a day to  catch up on homework, recover, and make meals to share with roommates and nearby neighbors.  We are essentially able to rediscover this day and at what greater time during our lives than this?!  True, many of us also acknowledge rest on Sundays to recover from the night before, but that almost makes it all the better.  It is a great day to reflect, to thank God for His wonderful blessing, and to enjoy the presence of those around us.  I will most definitely be acknowledging my day of rest today and enjoying the great football game we also can enjoy!  I hope all of you will take a break from the hectic rush of society on your day of rest and enjoy it as well 🙂  Happy Sunday!

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