• Fatima Alwan

    Fatima Alwan

    Class of 2012
    Hermantown, MN
    Biochemistry and Biology

    Fatima's Bio:
    I’m a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Biology. I love being involved on campus. Our community is welcoming and full of opportunities for everyone. I’m the co-president of our school’s Amnesty International chapter, and the Editor in Chief of The Cable, the school newspaper. I tutor and mentor through Student Support Services. I am also a Chemistry lab and Dignitas teaching assistant. I’m very passionate about human rights and never afraid to be myself. I find that I am able to freely express myself through the activities I’m involved in.

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    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

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

New hobby?

So lately I’ve been taking jewelry making classes with my aunt at a local beading business. It’s fun, but super tedious sometimes!

Making jewelry raises larger questions for me than ‘what color should I use?’ or ‘what size wire do I need?’. Creating things, whether it’s jewelry or clothes (I also like to sew) makes me ponder materialism in America and its effects on the global community. Do our demands for cheap clothes and furniture and electronics and everything else worsen our foreign dependency? Does it have something to say about the attitudes of Americans?

Blind consumerism is horrifying to me, and is something I try very hard to personally defy. It’s important to inquire about where our products come from, and what conditions they were made in, and by whom they were made. It’s also important to question our mentalities as Americans. Since a few years ago, unemployment rates have shot through the roof in this country, yet almost every product we buy is from another country, be it China, Mexico, India, Bangladesh. It seems as though our exploitation of others for cheap products and capital gain has taken its toll on this country. Why can’t we produce these things here, in the US, and pay a higher price but provide jobs for our citizens and possibly relinquish unbearable working situations other countries exhibit to accomodate our insatiable demands?

Some food for thought I decided to share. Hopefully it can spark some ideas in others’ heads.

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