• 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..

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work


On Mindsets and Achievements

Keep calm and have a growth mindset!

Keep calm and have a growth mindset!



Photo on differences between Growth and Fixed Mindsets

“Failure is simply an opportunity to try again, this time more intelligently” ~ Henry Ford.

How would you react to the news that intelligence is something that you do not necessarily need to be born with? How would you react when you learn that intelligence can be developed with time? Recently at CSS, there have been a new addition to the posts studded on the noticeboards all over Tower Hall (and maybe other places I haven’t been too lately). This addition has been in the form of posters highlighting how famous people like Einstein, Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey failed but like phoenixes, rose from the ashes of failure and disappointment to achieve ultimate excellence. They each had a growth mindset and were bold enough to take one more step when all that was left was giving up. This idea is being used at CSS to encourage students to approach learning in a way that fosters their true worth and with a determination to succeed that is fueled by working hard and accepting challenges and setbacks as stepping stones to success. For the love of Learning!

So what really is a growth mindset?

According to Mindsetonline.com: ‘In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.’

And what is a fixed mindset?

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.


Read this article by Carol Dweck published on the Education Week website or watch these two videos on Famous Failures, Intelligence and Effort by Carol Dweck and The Power of Belief, a TEDx talk by Eduardo Briceno; among other numerous videos on growth and fixed mindsets.



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