• Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Conrado's Bio:
    Born and raised in urban Madrid, lived in rural northern California and ended up in snowy suburban Minnesota. During the school year you'll find me firmly entrenched in a routine designed to develop my Psychology research skills, and during the summer you will probably not find me at all; in my free time, I enjoy going on trekking trips in the backcountry, adventuring through recondite countries and most importantly spending time with my family.

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Katelyn Gehling

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

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Jason Chavez

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

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Jin Baek

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

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

Summer Advice

As I talked to one of the professors at the institution where I was doing summer research, he said: 

“It’s not about where you’re coming from or what you’ve done, it’s about what you can do.”

At first, it struck me as a cliche kindly aimed at  undermining some of my curricular weaknesses, but in hindsight, I feel forced to agree with him. Your current position often reflects past work, which is a good heuristic for what you might be able to do if you continue following the same path, but there is no causality there. If you work on your skills, and immerse yourself in your work, you will bring more to the table than people from a more privileged upbringing who have simply followed their path. You will bring character in addition to skills, and that, in my experience, is what is often most valued. 

So incoming freshmen: concern yourselves with learning the material, not studying for the grade. School is designed so that if you learn the material, you will do well. There is really no secret to it. Doing well is within your power, so take responsibility and go get the work done. 

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