• 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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    Brussels, Belgium
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    Minneapolis, MN
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    Casablanca, Morocco
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    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Saint Paul, MN
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    Apple Valley, MN

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
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Tips and Tricks for Moving On-Campus

Whether you are a freshman who will be living in the dorms this year or you are returning to live in the apartments with a group of buddies, the process of collecting, packing, and moving your belongings to school is always the most burdensome (and exhausting!). For those who have never gone to college before, you will have to determine what objects you will need to bring to live on your own, which can be overwhelming all in itself. Those of you sharing apartments, on the other hand, will need to communicate well with your roommates to determine what individual will bring what objects/furniture to school so that you aren’t burdened with duplicates. In this post, I want to give you some tips on purchasing for your living space and how to move everything in the simplest and most stress-free manner. Here we go!–


  • Utilize back-to-school sales.  Big retailers such as Target and Walmart always have in-store specials for purchasing items such as fridges, futons, and basic school essentials.  Buy during this time to get the best deals.
  • For basic necessity items (toiletries, food, etc), wait until you arrive to school to go shopping.  This will save you from additional unpacking of these items when coming on campus.  Plus, if you are sharing food with roommates, it may be nice to shop together for at least the first trip to get an idea of what everyone likes.
  • Garage sale.  Don’t be afraid to check out garage sales over summer to scope out things for school.  Items such as coffee makers, toasters, small furniture pieces, and hundreds of other handy products for school can be found at garage sales for as little as a quarter!  Now that is a deal!
  • Check out secondhand shops.  Stores such as Goodwill and Savers can be a gold mine for certain items for college students to add to their spaces.  Dishes, small appliances, and furniture can all be found here (and the treasures change each and every day).  Keep your eyes peeled for quality pieces and buy them if the price is right to save a buck or two.
  • Borrow from home.  Anything that you are able to bring right from home or borrow from your parents for school is always worth using.  No sense in buying duplicates of items that only need to stay in one location at a time, such as DVD players, standing fans, blankets, etc.


  • Label your boxes to make unpacking easier.  You will then know what boxes you need to unpack first and which are okay to wait on.
  • Take trips gradually, if possible.  If you are planning on going home for a weekend or two early on in the year, wait until then to bring some less immediate items back to school.  Then you won’t be forced to try to unpack as much stuff all at once.
  • Bring a friend or two!  It’s always helpful to have extra hands to unpack those carloads.
  • Take breaks.  Don’t try to pack or unload your things all at once if you are feeling exhausted or overwhelmed.  Take a break, grab a bite, and then return to the task at hand with a cleared mind and fresh outlook.

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