• 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

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Ways to Relax During Finals: My Favorite Picks

When we are feeling stressed out, whether over finals or just our everyday challenges and obstacles, we need time to relax and find rest.  There are of course many different ways to relax and everyone responds differently, but I chose some of my favorite techniques to share with you.  Try the ones that seem the most appealing and let yourself de-stress during the upcoming week:

1. Repetitive and Rhythmic Exercises: These can include running, jogging, or biking and focuses on taking in the movements and breathing patterns that you are using when practicing these exercises, rather than scanning your thoughts and worries.  Let go of everything else on your mind and focus solely on the activity.

2. Satyananda: This is a traditional form of yoga that is very easy for beginners and focuses on deep breathing, meditation, and gentle and relaxing poses.  It is meant to bring about internal peace and tranquility, which hopefully would result in more calm studying!

3. Visualization: Closing your eyes and focusing on a specific location, event, or activity that you enjoy and trying to picture it as clearly as possible in your mind.  Who is there?  What are you doing?  What smells are in the air?  What does it feel like?  Some ideas for this could be imagining yourself at your cabin, sitting on the beach, or at a favorite theme park.

4. Muscle relaxation sequences: These focus on a pattern of tensing and relaxing muscles in specific parts of your body in a particular  sequence.  The most popular sequence below is for right handed individuals (start by tensing muscles in each part and relaxing it before moving onto the next).  If you are left handed, start with the left foot first.

  1. Right foot*
  2. Left foot
  3. Right calf
  4. Left calf
  5. Right thigh
  1. Left thigh
  2. Hips and buttocks
  3. Stomach
  4. Chest
  5. Back
  1. Right arm and hand
  2. Left arm and hand
  3. Neck and shoulders
  4. Face



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