• 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

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

What Will Your Resolution Be?

Well, the shopping and baking are over, and we now are faced with the final “hurrah” of the holiday season coming to us early next week: New Years!  Each year, we all spend time and energy thinking about what resolution that we will have as we start fresh with brand new beginnings.  We cast the last year into memory and work towards building a brighter and better future.  Sometimes it can be difficult to develop a solid and meaningful resolution, though.  I know I struggle with it!  To give you some ideas on the trending resolutions for this upcoming 2013 year, here are some of those ranking on the top of the list:

1. Getting fit. 
Planning on taking walks and incorporating everyday physical activities into a busy work schedule can help you to become more fit and toned.  By building up exercise each day and switching up activities, your body can become stronger and have much greater endurance as the year progresses.

2. Eating right.
Incorporating healthier meals into the diet and limiting the intake of fast food can immensely cut down on calories and overall junk that your body doesn’t need and strengthen it with good nutrients.  If your goal is to shed a couple of pounds in the process, creating a stricter regimen or diet for your eating may also be something to consider for the new year.

3. Traveling more.
Get out and experience the world whenever an opportunity comes your way.  If finances are an issue, take a road trip or ride a bus or train, instead.  Bring along friends, your significant other, or family and get out there to experience things you may have never seen before! 

4. Stop smoking.
This is a very popular New Year’s resolution every year, and a super difficult one to boot.  However, if you stick to it and take all of the right steps to prevent the addiction from continuing, it is very possible to do.  Read up on different products to help curb smoking and consult your doctor with proper precautions and helpful ways to aid in the journey.

5. Reading more books.
For many, this pastime has become almost obsolete.  “Why read a book when I can watch a movie or read the book’s summary on Sparknotes?!”  My brother says things like this all the time.  However, there is something satisfying and enjoyable about curling up on the couch or your bed and just experiencing reading.  You go to school to learn to read and write for a reason.  Put it to good use!

6. Becoming more eco-conscious.
With the world becoming much more effected by greenhouse gases and the fuel resources and freshwater resources of the planet becoming much more scarce, it is a great resolution to watch consumption and to do all that you can to limit your footprint.  By making simple changes like reusing bags at the store and walking or biking occasionally rather than driving, you help limit consumption and pollution.

As for me, I haven’t quite decided what my resolution will be yet.  However, I like some of these ideas very much!

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