• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

5 Things I wish I had known: OUTSIDE the Classroom

Yesterday, I posted about 5 Things I wish I had known inside the classroom. These pearls of wisdom are not an end in themselves, but something that can be added on and customized to build a unique experience. In the same vein, here are some thoughts on what I wish I had known about life outside the classroom during my first year at CSS.

1 You are not alone

When you are struggling with classes, feeling like you are not ‘fitting in’, missing home and much more, you are not alone. The challenge is to grow from these situations by connecting with others more and establishing a support system. For me, my support system was in the form of other international students as I felt these understood more what I was going through and moreover, they were going through the same kind of transitions as well. This does not mean I did not have any support from others. I got support from my bosses, professors, staff member and other students in many ways.

2. The Minnesota cold chills the bone, but thrills the soul

Living in the cold for the first time can be a challenge. Others adapt well, others do not. I was terrified of the winter cold. I thought I would freeze as soon as I walked outside. With lots of advice from the people I met on the way, I learned to brave the cold and enjoy it … close to the fireplace of course.

3. Diversity is real

Diversity is a word that is being talked about more often these days. The world is becoming smaller as more and more people connect and assimilate in other cultures. Do not be shocked. Embrace it and add to the mix.

4. Attend as many free events as you can

These events are an opportunity to meet new people or to have people meet the new you. I always tried to attend events going on on campus or downtown. These are the little moments that make the entire college experience more worthwhile.

5. ‘Don’t die of thirst with your legs knee-deep in the water basin’

This is not only an African proverb, but a word of advice to those who only see what’s in front of them and not what they stand on. Sometimes school can be tough and stressing. But why make it worse by trying to crack it on your own? I always did that myself and even when I got away with it sometimes, I know the end results would have been better and achieved faster if I consulted others. So this means that we should make use of what is about us, not just what we have on our own. Get help when things are not going well, for they will surely not be going well at some point.

This concludes the series! Thank you for reading!

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