• Courtney Stempinski

    Courtney Stempinski

    Class of 2017, Graduate Student
    Cambridge, MN
    Master of Education

    Courtney's Bio:
    I'm an Elementary Education major at CSS. I also plan to minor in Spanish. Having done PSEO, I came to CSS with more than 60 credits. I'm part of Volunteers Involved Through Action (VITA), Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), and other clubs! Dance has been part of my life for 10 years, and now I'm trying to fit it into my schedule again. I love spending time watching Supernatural and Once Upon a Time, and reading Harry Potter and other great books. I live in a suite with 3 other girls, and we are always finding something fun to do around campus!

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

College Friends vs. Hometown Friends

For me, my best friends in the entire world, the women who will be beside me for a good long time, are my best friends since 10th, 9th, 6th, and 2nd grade. Over time I lost some and gained some, but I have 4 girls I call my best friends. They are awesome in every single way and as an only child, they’re the sisters I never had. When you go to college, a lot of people grow apart from their best friends from home; it actually made my relationships with my best friends stronger. We purposely make time to call, Facetime, visit each other, schedule time for each other when we’re both in town. These girls I can tell anything to, they know all my embarassing stories because they were first-hand witnesses of them. When I come home, we still have sleepovers and it’s like time gap has happened. It could be 3 months in between seeing each other even!

At college, I’ve met a lot of great people. I’d say I’m closest to my roommates. However after freshman year, most people are very preoccupied with their studies and work. So, it can be hard to make time for each other to bond. Unless you are in the same major, you aren’t spending half the time you would be with a friend in highschool, who you could have 3 classes a day 5 times a week with. Because of this I think two things happen: people really have to be purposeful about socializing and making friends and friendships do not develop as naturally after freshman year. Because I’m a workaholic, this is especially something for me to keep in mind. I do know people who have met their best friends or even boyfriends through college life, but I really do think everything happens for a reason. My college friends are always there to go grab food, study, volunteer, relax with, but nothing beats a bunch of inside jokes and giggles from hometown girls, which is something I’m starting to finally get with my college friends; I guess good friendships just take time!

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