• Emily Nelson

    Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN

    Emily's Bio:
    I am a senior majoring in communication and minoring in photography. The College of St. Scholastica has been a great place for me to be throughout my college journey. I am fascinated by the world and am currently studying abroad at Regent's University London in England. I live for the little things and the adventures I stumble upon everyday. In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, listening to and writing music, taking pictures, and exploring.

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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

Duluth Surfing Culture

Last fall and winter, I worked on a documentary photography project for my Photojournalism course. For the project, we were to take a series of photos and write a story to create a magazine like spread. I chose the Duluth surfing culture as my subject.

I spent several days out capturing the brave surfers out catching waves. The peak surf season in Duluth is during the coldest months of the year. The brave souls sport a 5mm thick wetsuit to protect themselves from the cold. I have been told stories of male surfers who exit the water with an icicle invaded beard.


After witnessing the unique and adventurous people take on the winter waters, I became interested in giving it a go myself. Part of my project involved interviewing the surfing coordinator at the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s RSOP (Recreational Sports Outdoor Program), Randy Carlson. He was able to share a lot about the culture and what it takes to gain the knowledge needed to catch the surf.

Just yesterday, months after completing my project, I purchased my Surf and SUP membership pass for the 2015-2016 school year. Although the surfing program itself is offered through UMD, I learned about this opportunity through my experience in the Photojournalism class at The College of St. Scholastica. The documentary photography project pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I got to meet some really cool people and learn about their surfing culture. I look forward to the experience and becoming part of the surfing community in Duluth.

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