• James Arroyo Roppo

    James Arroyo Roppo

    Class of 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Language / International Studies

    James's Bio:
    This will be more autobiographical than anything...I enjoy music, the outdoors, people, Magic the Gathering, skateboarding, video games, independent movies, Twizzlers, NutRageous, languages (romantic languages, Germanic, Asiatic, Nordic) and general relaxation techniques such as yoga, breathing and sleeping. I'm pretty into meeting new people too sooooo lets play some video games sometime.

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Jason Chavez

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

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Katelyn Gehling

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

    Jin Baek

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

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

Orientation

Today signals new beginnings and ends. It is the end of the multicultural leadership orientation which I humbly mentored in, as well as the first day of freshman move in fun. Sorry to all my fans for not being a very active blogger, things have been a bit crazy so far this year, and I hear that the first semester of junior year is often times the hardest. But enough about that. You will all be happy to know that I secured a home in beautiful East side Duluth! I live a block away from Burrito Union (local Chipotle rival) and just one short 30 minute walk from Scholastica through beautiful Chester Creek.

Today boils down to the last weekend before school starts, the last few days of the State Fair, the last few books we have to buy for class, the last few loose ends everyone one is tying up before the first day. College is not an easy place, a lot of commitments are made with excitement, and not all of them can be followed through on (something I and just about everyone I know is guilty of). The last thing an incoming student needs is a bum rep because they promised to meet someone at the GDR (Greenview Dining Room) and forgot because they had to study for a test last minute. So as this summer is ending, I am going to work on full commitment to the things that matter, and neglect ancillary items like health and social life (just kidding). If you’re reading this and think you have a similar problem, heed those words. You might just end up a happier, more vivacious person because of it.

On the flip side, today is innocuously a day of new beginnings. For some it is just the last Friday of Summer, but today hundreds of freshmen are storming the hallways of Somers trying to move in first, get the furniture dollies, use the elevators, make friends and meet enemies. It happens every year. For them, college is a brand new way of life, whether anything is understood or expected is up to them individually. Cathartic, isn’t it? Hundreds of young faces ready to shuck the worlds oyster, or bail the earths hay… Whatever the colloquialism is… It gets me excited. Its intense being an upperclassman now (upper-class man?) because a lot of people can either look up to you or expect a lot from you, or still just ignore you like they used to.

Tuesday September 6th, 2011 is my new beginning, and I can’t wait for it to come.

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