• 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!

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

Unpacking…More Than “Stuff”

        I have had the hardest time getting motivated to unload and unpack all of my college belongings since I have arrived home.  It seems like such a drag and a hassle…and I really just want to relax and enjoy my time here!  However, there is something very comforting and important about unpacking all of your things and finding a proper place for them at the end of the year.  No, I don’t just mean your physical objects from the dorm and apartment (like that mini fridge that has been in your car since last week).  Nope.  I am talking about the memories. 

       We all have them…we all made many during the last year.  They linger on in the back of our minds and we hold onto them.  While they will always be there, it is sometimes necessary to mentally “unload” these memories and store them away for the summer.  In a new place, with different responsibilities and different friends, we must move forward.  It is now time to make new memories and enjoy what the next three months has in store for us, regardless of what has happened in the last nine.  Place it aside and start fresh.  Of course, when you are sorting through your school memories, acknowledge the fun that you had, the lessons you learned, and the potential they have established in you for your future experiences.  This is why we have memories, after all!  Then, unpack them, make room for new memories to be made, and go forth to fill those newly-created spaces with the wonderful summer times to be had.

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