• 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.

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

Stairs vs. Elevator

Tower is one of our main campus buildings. It is the majestic structure you can see when coming up the main road onto campus. It is beautiful, unique, and it fills me up with pride to know that it is part of my school.

But nothing is perfect–Tower has five floors.

That’s eight flights of stairs. That’s a lot of individual steps. Tower makes me suffer through the dilemma of choosing to either take the stairs or the elevator each and every time I have to go to class on the fourth floor.

Taking the stairs makes me feel healthy and active. It becomes a great incentive for me. Taking the stairs helps me to have a reward system in which I allow myself to devour ten brownies and not feel guilty about it. Taking the stairs makes me feel like I am taking advantage of my youth and appreciating my well-oiled joints. But I reach the top of the stairs on the fourth floor and I get to class panting like a thirsty dog. It makes me sweaty. It makes me realize just how out of shape I am.

But taking the elevator brings about an entire list of reasons to feel bad about avoiding the stairs. The wait of shame that I endure as I beg the elevator to reach my floor a little quicker makes me feel like I need ten brownies to make me feel better about being lazy. It makes me wonder if waiting for the elevator is worth my time.

This is the impossible choice that I have to make each day.

Maybe I should take the elevator to the second floor and walk up the stairs the rest of the way.

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