• 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!

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Katelyn Gehling

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

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Junior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Jason Chavez

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

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Freshman
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jin Baek

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

Things I Learned This Semester – Part 1

1. You cannot get away with doing homework an hour before class; even if you did at high school or in PSEO.

2. Your best friends during the first month of school most likely will not be your friends by Thanksgiving. At the beginning, everyone clings onto the people that get along with initially. After awhile, you tend to meet people with way more similar interests and values. Although you can still talk to people you met at first, people settle into more compatible friend groups. It just happens.

3. Do not get the unlimited meal plan. Unless you are a football player. Even then, I think you could survive on the 150 block meals. I had unlimited and ended up wasting money because I never had enough time to sit down and eat. I wish I had had more dining dollars. Next semester, I’m getting 150 meals, which will save me $600 and I’ll average about 2 meals a day. Never assume you will eat a lot at the Greenview Dining Room. I ended up eating out way more than I should.

4. The Freshman 15 is rare, however the Freshman 5 is very real. Do not let the first month fool you. I did a Community Service Orientation prior to welcome weekend. I ran through Tower and Canal Park that week more than I’ve ever ran before. They had tons of fruits and vegetables when we first got here. So me, being a dancer, but not extremely fit, got toned. And you could totally tell! I’m eating at the same food now but I can’t fit into my old jeans. I rarely have time to go workout. Everything I was eating caught up to me. Eat healthy!

5. Last but not least, find a study spot outside your room. One of my biggest mistakes was doing homework in my room. It tempts you to be lazy and watch Netflix or talk with roomies. I didn’t step foot in the library until 3 weeks ago! Find a study place where it is designated just for you to be productive.

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