• 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!

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

What You Can Do For Your Neighbor

During the Easter season, many view this as a time of sacrifice, homage, and care.  It is a time in which family should be a priority and each day you should be asking yourself, “How can I give more? What can I do to help a friend?”  It is this thought that inspired my post for today.  We all know individuals who may be very close to us who need a “boost” in their mood or a little reminder that they are cared for.  However, there are always people that you see even in passing who you could extend this gesture to, as well.  How many times do we spot an individual with a sad face, a teary eye, or a look of pure anger when we are driving our cars, walking to classes, or shopping for groceries?  Virtually all of the time.  Sometimes we don’t notice it, but it is all around us if we look.  I challenge myself and all of you to embrace this season of “giving more” and to reach out to those who may need a boost.  Here are some ideas for making it happen:

  • Smile.  It says more than words can.
  • Make a card or handwritten note for someone to cheer them up.
  • Make a phonecall to a friend or family member who could use someone to talk to.
  • Hold open doors.
  • Say “thank you” liberally and always remember to ask politely.
  • Tell someone how proud you are of them.
  • Have coffee or tea with an old friend and catch up.
  • Stay and help a friend or classmate with an assignment they are struggling with.
  • Run an errand for someone in need.
  • Let a person at the store go ahead of you in line.
  • Offer a friend a ride if they need one.
  • Provide encouragement for teachers, professors, and other leaders who may be going through a challenging time.
  • Leave a few extra dollars for a server (you never know what they could be dealing with).
  • Strike up a conversation with a person who is shy.
  • Invite someone to go out on the weekends with you or share a night on the town.

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