• Brandon Torres

    Brandon Torres

    Class of 2014
    Howard Lake, MN
    Psychology (OT intended)

    Brandon's Bio:
    My major is on the left, but it’s taken me six major changes, two minor changes and three graduate-track changes to get there. I’m from a small farming town west of the Twin Cities and came to Duluth for the city and stayed for the school. I work at the Burns Wellness Center at the front desk and have pretty much the best job in the world. I like to take any opportunity thrown at me, and since coming here I’ve been thrown plenty. Life’s an adventure, and so is CSS!

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

Beached: The Conclusion.

Approximately one year and 17 days  ago at this time, I made two goals for 2012. I wanted to come out and do something interesting with my life. It was at that point that I realized I was at a major crossroads in my life, and didn’t know how to go forward. I ran in a campaign for CSS’s Student Body President, and lost. And, well, it was effectively the best thing that never happened to. In 2012, I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Canada, my birthday in Madison, Wisconsin seeing one of my favorite DJs, Independence Day in Duluth, Guy Fawkes Day in London, England, LGBT Pride in Copenhagen, Denmark, Christmas in Denmark, New Years in Berlin, Germany, and  Three King’s Day in Madrid, Spain. From making some of the best friends I’ll have in life, and discovering that I also already have some pretty incredible friends as-is, I’ve found out that I’m beyond blessed with some amazing people. I’ve watched the sun rise over the fjords of Norway and taught English to a Danish Middle School class. I’ve jumped into the Mediterranean Sea in January and the equally brisk Lake Superior in Summer. I’ve effectively lived and fallen in love with the largest city in all of Western Europe while visiting  all three of the largest cities. I’ve road-tripped across Spain and experienced Christmas in 3 different cultures. I’ve been nearly blown up by fireworks  on New Years in Germany and stood where Kings and Queens of old once had. I can now convert from metric to the US system, and between 5 different currencies with ease, and can recognize countless languages and accents (whether I understand them or not is a different story). I also now know that I can find my way around with my vague Spanish skills without needing to ask for directions (provided I’m smart enough to find the maps I need in order to get around in the first place). If I were to title the first chapter of my travels through Europe, the name would be Disordered Lessons, the last would be Ordered Actions. The first travels through Europe definitely taught me that although I can fly by my coattails and find my way, it is extremely stressful for myself as well as the people around me the excitement that goes along with that, and that unknown only leads to more adventure. My last travels were far more controlled. I grew up, I learned and did plan out my budget, travel and living expenses beforehand and found myself far more relaxed going from place to place.

Last year, there were a few songs that sort of inspired me. “Glad You Came” by The Wanted, “Infinity 2008” by Guru Josh Project, but most of all, a song called “Beached” by Orbital. It says that paradise isn’t a place you can go, but it’s a feeling you get for a moment in your life. But, there was always one line that I didn’t like from that song, the last line: “…and if you find that moment, it lasts forever.” Until my last week in Europe, I never understood it. I now know, because I think I did find that moment, and it does last forever. Not literally, but figuratively. It lasts forever in your heart, and in the deepest valleys of your memory. It’s a feeling that you still can feel every time you close your eyes and remember, every time you talk to your friends, see a trinket or notice something familiar from that moment that brings you back.

Paradise is feeling that you get for a moment in your life, I know because I did find it. And it’s true, the feeling does last forever.

To 2012, Cheers! Prost! ¡Salud! Ching-Ching! Skål!

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