• 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..

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

About last semester: A 1 min Reflection


In his classic historical novel Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens wrote:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Spring 2016 semester started like a breeze, a soft and harsh, smooth and rough, quiet and loud breeze. Since then, the wheels of time have spun so fast that an odd feeling of dizziness almost overwhelm me when I reminisce and think about days long past. I remember feeling quite happy and looking forward to the semester when we began. The classes were still a little manageable and the professors were still getting acquainted with us and vice versa. Clubs were still having pizza during meetings (budgets were still fresh and alive). It was all perfect. Then came midterm and I got a rude awakening to the fact that classes were tough and demanding, although enjoyable. I tried working harder and at some point, I lost it altogether. My motivation and will sagged. The Mid-semester crisis.


Gradually, I pulled myself together and dragged my weary feet and pushed my washed out brain to the end of the semester, the finishing line. I had run the race and it wasn’t the beginning or the ending that mattered most, just the interval. In-between, I learned many valuable lessons and made lots of mistakes. ‘All is well that ends better’. I acquired knowledge, played in sports, participated in club activities, learned to skii and program a robot to play golf, made new friends and much more!


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