• Jin

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Jin's Bio:
    Hi, there! I'm Jin, and I am a passionate, talkative, dessert fanatic. Poems, good books, coconut water, and action movies make me happy. If we ever meet in person, you'll definitely hear me before you see me. You'll want to ask how many energy drinks I've had, but the answer will always be zero.

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Jin Baek

    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

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

Cooking for Myself (Or Lack Thereof)

I love eating food. It’s definitely one of my favorite things to do, ever. When I came to college, my love of eating never went away, maybe even grew. But unfortunately, what didn’t grow was my desire to cook. I entered a huge dilemma.

I grew up with the best mama who cooked every meal and stored plenty of leftovers in the refrigerator so that we could heat it up and eat whenever we wanted without ever turning on the stove. Her food was always delicious and wholesome and healthy. I never cooked because I hate cooking and I never really had to. Eating was always more enjoyable than making the food.

My freshman year, I didn’t cook because I didn’t have to since the main dining hall was only a few floor below my dorm room. I would go to the GDR whenever I wanted during the day and ate there for dinner.

My sophomore year, I moved to Kerst and no longer lived in the same building as the dining hall. In fact, Kerst is the farthest on-campus building from Tower and Somers Hall. Our apartment had a nice, big kitchen with all the kitchen appliances one would need to cook wonderful meals. But I didn’t cook. Instead, I got a meal plan and ate at Storm’s or Einstein’s Bagels during the day and dinner at GDR before going back to Kerst for the day.

Now, during my junior year, my classes end way before dinner time and I come home after classes. I still don’t cook because although I can teach myself how to cook, I can’t really teach myself to like cooking if I hate it. So, I live off of yogurt, salad, boxed pastas, frozen foods I can unwrap and heat up in the oven, and ice cream (of course). If I’m feeling adventurous, I sometimes heat up soup from a can on the stovetop instead of using the microwave. I make smoothies all the time (yummy). So far, so good, all without actually cooking.

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