• 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!

  • Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jin Baek

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

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

  • Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Junior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Jason Chavez

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

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Freshman
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Katelyn Gehling

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

Reflection: Being Home Again

When I woke up the first morning back in Cambridge, I was really disoriented. I was trying to figure out which direction my body was in the room because of the different location compared to my old bed in my suite. Look, I even said “my old bed”. It definitely feels like a new place being home. It probably doesn’t help that my dorm bed has a four inch memory foam topper (which was worth every penny). I’m an old child, so my parents weren’t used to having anyone else around. I’d have to say, our sleeping schedules definitely conflicted. I’d say the majority of my friends all go to bed around midnight and will sleep in until 9 or 10 if they can. My mom wakes up at 6 and is the loudest person I know. She also is a very hovering parent. So of course, there’s already a lot of tension going on. Coming back for a weekend usually was like being on holiday with relatives trying to be respectfully nice, but now it’s like being home in high school again except with extremely different lifestyles. So far, I’ve seen one of my best friends, but the rest get out a week or two later than CSS. I live in a smaller town that’s developing, so it’s kind of a shock to see all these new construction sites and businesses. Although I’m not complaining about Little Caesar’s. I don’t exactly feel like I’m home anymore and I’m leaving again for Duluth in a month to work with Upward Bound. Plus, I’m not even home right now. I’m in New York! I think the biggest realization coming home is that at the beginning of the year I thought coming home would be like a santuary of my childhood, but my opinion has changed so much. Home is restrictive and I’m actually quite excited to stay in Duluth the full year next time.

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