• 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!

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

Where does my money go?

Into driving and maintaining my vehicle!  Evidently I am not the only one.  There have been numerous studies about exactly how much it costs to purchase, own, and maintain a vehicle annually, and after doing some research, I have been able to conclude that this is exactly why I am broke 🙂  Here are my findings:

  •  A small car burns 9 cents worth of gas per mile (about $1,400 per year)
  •  A four-wheel drive SUV is the most expensive, at nearly 17 cents worth of gas per mile (about $2,300 per year)
  • On average, the cost for insurance for one vehicle annually is $1,031
  • License, registration, and taxes alone amount to approximately $600 per year on average
  • On  average, a car depreciates in value by 45% in the first 3 years.  So, for a car that costs $25,000 from the lot, the trade-in value of it after 3 years will only be $13,750!
  • Car maintenance, on average, costs around $1,200 per year.

Hard facts to swallow, huh?  Certainly was for me.  If you need a little bit of reassurance that you are not the only one grappling with financial woes, here is an excellent link to check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX50U0duMJw.  Might cheer you up a bit!

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