• 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!

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    Mora, MN

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

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    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    Apple Valley, MN

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

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    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

London is…

When you read this, I’ll probably be in Denmark, as I really am not sure as to when I’ll next have Wi-Fi. Today I said my final goodbye to the city that has stolen my heart over the past term. I’ve grown as a person, a student, and as a United States citizen as well as a world citizen in general. My time here has shaped and shifted my outlook on so many dimensions of the world as I know it. Whether it was celebrating an English Christmas or an English 18th, I felt like I did truly get a grasp on the culture of this fantastic country. A friend of mine tweeted “The sights, the nights, the parties and clubs… I’ll miss you London!!!” When she left, I felt satisfied that my experience here was so much more than that. My time felt all-encompassing, and when the topic of mince pies arose and I was the one who knew what they were, I really could not have felt more proud.
London is more than just a city, it’s a feeling. It’s that vibe you get when you walk through Camden town and are barraged by dodgy vendors to try samples. It’s the taste of mulled wine and sounds of crackers and sight of tissue paper crowns at Christmas time. It’s taking the piss out of your cheeky friends and bantering over cider. London is walking through town and stumbling over a plaque of the place where Shakespeare’s globe theatre or some other historic point once stood is just walking through. London is knowing how to pronounce Leicester. It’s recognizing dozens of languages even if you can’t speak them, and discerning dozens of accents even if you can’t understand them. London is fangirling movie premieres and catching a cheap show at the National. London is bumming a fag at the pub and always needing to ask for a light. London is loathing the central line, and adoring the jubilee. London is a city of cranes, standing as symbols of the city’s consistent ability to adapt, modify, repair and grow. London is CCTV. It’s knowing the difference between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. London is the Metro and Evening Standard. London is Big Ben giving you a cheeky grin as you walk past Trafalgar Square on a night out. It’s the buzz of Soho and the performers at Covent Garden. London is the crashes and bangs of bonfire night. It’s Tulisa, Olly Murs, Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams, JLS and a certain sound heard nowhere else. London is xx. London is constantly complaining about b!**&y tourists. London is always an unknown adventure, a place where you can never have truly seen everything there is to see. London is always worrying about topping up your oyster. London is £s and quid. London is weird, beautiful, massive, historic, chavvy, rainy, polite, impatient, bright, filthy rich, slag, tiny and modern all at once. London is understanding everything I just said above. But most of all, above everything else, to me,
London is… home.
For one final time from London, cheers.

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