• Pat Bigaouette

    Pat Bigaouette

    Class of 2011
    Chaska, MN
    Biology (Pre-Med)

    Pat's Bio:
    My name is Pat Bigaouette. I am a Senior Biology major. I run on the cross country and track teams at Scholastica. I currently live in Somers Hall as the Residential Advisor for Ground Floor North. Also, I am actively involved in Scholastica's theater program and hope to get cast in one of the four shows this season. This summer I conducted clinical research at Hennepin County Medical Center in the Emergency room. I also traveled to New York City to pick up a friend from school and, of course, saw the show "Wicked" on Broadway.

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    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    M.S. Health Information Management

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    Junior
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    Management

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
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    Elementary Education

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    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
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    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
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    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Junior
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    Accounting and Finance

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    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

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    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Sophomore
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Our school beats the “udders”…

The Residential Advisors have been here since Sunday and we are furiously working to prepare for “Welcome Weekend” and the return of students to campus. We have spent all week training and are taking a much needed trip down to the cities to go to the State Fair (pictures to come).

State Fair T-Shirst

 We have spent all week attending lectures by the Duluth Police Department, Security, SCHWAB, Steve Lyons and Larry Goodwin. In addition we have completed a full week of mock rounds and lectures on base chats, programming, conflict resolution and building ecology. All the Residential Advisors are incredibly excited for “Welcome Weekend” to begin. Move-in weekend will be a week full of exciting events including; a BBQ, wing meetings, Canal Park exploration, bonfires and dances.

 While the freshmen begin to move in next weekend, the Residential Advisors will continue to work hard to prepare for the incoming students. Moving in can be a chaotic, stressful time so it is best to be over prepared than under….For those of you moving into school in the next couple weeks, here are some tips taken from “Dorm Delicious”  to make move-in weekend less stressful:

1. Wake up early

You can spend the rest of the year waking up after noon, but for this one day why don’t you wake up early? If you flew to school you can beat the rush to pick up your packages and if you are driving, you can be sure to find parking. You will also get to the key distribution table before the lines start forming (but make sure not to get there before it even opens!)

2. Strategize and know the rules
Since you woke up early and have some time, walk up and find your room before you haul all your stuff into the building. This way if your room is tough to find you won’t wear yourself out carrying your 32-inch TV and lava lamp collection up and down 4 flights of stairs. Also, if you have a car you will know where the closest place to park is before you dump your gear on the sidewalk. Speaking of parking, make sure you don’t park in a tow zone or something. Nothing will ruin your move like getting your car towed away while you spend two hours aligning and leveling all your picture frames.

3. Get organized
If you flew to school, your stuff is probably already in boxes, but if you are driving it should be boxed up too. Much as I enjoyed watching my freshman year roommate walk his stuff in hookah by hookah, beanie by beanie, it didn’t look as exciting for him. He probably could have made two trips if he had thrown it all in a couple boxes.

4. Relax
Once you get everything into your room, chill for a second. You’re already early, so kick back and take a look around. Since your roommate probably isn’t here yet, you get to take the best side of the room (the one with the most closet space, the most shelves, the window, or whatever is important to you).

5. First things first
Don’t just dive into the first box you see and start unpacking, do the important stuff first. Make your bed, put your clothes in the closet and drawers, and then plug in your laptop, phone, iPod, blackberry, whatever needs to get charged. Nothing like running out of batteries right when that hot blonde chick said she’d call about the late night lingerie party. Word to the wise: if you buy the standard college bedding set, wash it before you use it! Trust me, I woke up dyed green. It was a good conversation piece, but slightly embarrassing.

6. Peace out parents, hello freedom
It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Great song, but Boyz II Men probably weren’t talking about their first day at college (weren’t they like 12 when that song came out?) Point is, it’s time to get rid of the parents (if they even came to move you in), unroll the beer pong posters and start living the good life. At this point you can set up the rest of the room the way you want it, then head outside. I repeat, go outside! Do not start up AIM and talk to your high school friends. It’s time to start meeting people. Help someone on your hall move in or just hit the green and strike up a conversation.

 “Dorm Delicious” has loads of great resources to have a successful ease into college life.

 Have a great day and happy moving!

 Pat

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