• 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..

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

Lessons from Sophomore Year – Part 2

I wrote a post earlier sharing some of my experiences and lessons I learned in my first 2 years at CSS, particularly my sophomore year. This post is a continuation  of the subject and perhaps the last post on that subject as well.

Social Life

As a Math and Computer Science double major, I don’t have any. No friends. No going out to parties and if I do, everyone wonders what I am doing there. Just kidding. I have about the most vibrant social life as the next student, maybe even more, and I do have friends, lots of them.

I learned that it is important to be open. By that I mean, its important to step out of your comfort zone and let your self be uncomfortable to reap the benefits of meeting new people who might just be as shy as you or even worse.

CSS is a small enough for you to meet lots of people and know about different aspects of their backgrounds and stuff. Its also small enough for you to be noticed and for people to want to be friends or associates or whatever is the term. You will make lots of friends and this is a plus as well as a con. You will figure it out. That’s how you adult in college. The best part is that you don’t do it alone. There is a humongous support system within CSS that you’d be surprised at who’s got your back. I will soon publish a post on how to make friends (eh if you struggle in this area as some of us do then yeah keep an eye out for it).

Clubs/Organizations on campus

This is one of the parts that I struggled with, in a good way. There so many clubs on campus and In struggled with keeping up because I wanted to do it all! At one point I was part of 5 clubs in addition to a full courseload and working 20 hours/week. That was a pain, but it was worth it. I tested the waters and found them not too deep. Now I know and can give some advice that might hopefully help. When selecting clubs, first look back and ahead at what you want to accomplish and why you want to be part of that network (it is one!). This will help you to do something that you are passionate about and be in a place where you can add value and gain an experience that is good enough to even put on your resume as you advance. Its also good to join a club that is totally different from what you want to do and this will open you up to new perspectives and approaches.

That’s my 2 cents for now! No conclusion whatsoever. You are welcome!


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