• Tayler Boelk

    Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN

    Tayler's Bio:
    My name is Tayler and I was an English major/biology minor at the College of St. Scholastica! I have lived in Duluth all of my life so I know all the best local restaurants and hiking trails. On campus, I was involved with The Cable, Bella Voce, the Northstar Reports, the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and the English & Arts Club. Off campus, I volunteered with Mentor Duluth and enjoy throwing theme parties with friends and family.

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    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

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

Why I’m Thankful for Undergrad

Happy Thanksgiving! I am excited to announce that it is November and I have still been keeping up with my new years resolution: to write down one thing that I am thankful for every day. As it is Thanksgiving however, I thought I should do something a little extra on this day of being grateful and make a blog post about all of the reasons I am thankful for getting my undergraduate degree here at St. Scholastica.

  1. I have made amazing friends. I can’t guarantee that the friends I have made here at CSS will be friends for life but I can guarantee they have changed my life.
  2. I have been proven wrong. Part of learning is learning from your mistakes.
  3. I am smarter. In every class, club, and interaction I have learned something new.
  4. I got out of my comfort zone. I have tried so many new things in Undergrad: Swing Dancing, Karaoke, Ballroom Dance, Rock Climbing, Volunteering with Mentor Duluth, Cooking, Fitness Classes, Scuba Diving. All of these things have made me a more talented and adventurous person.
  5. I’ve grown up. In high school I skated by on being personable and smart. In undergrad I’ve learned it takes more than that. I’ve become more responsible with my education and with my life. I even pay bills now!
  6. I remembered how to be a kid. In the chaos of the high school to college transition it seems like everyone expects you to be a perfect adult right away but it’s important to remember to put yourself first. Sometimes that means making mac and cheese with your best friends and watching The Land Before Time in a pillow fort.
  7. I embraced my inner dork. There are so many new people you meet in undergrad and so many people share your interests, even the dorky ones you kept hidden in High School. I am proud to say that I love theme parties, watching cartoons, and playing Minecraft (And now I have friends who do too!).
  8. I’ve been given new opportunities. Without attending St. Scholastica, I may not have found the amazing programs I have been a part of such as Student Support Services, the Saints Internship Award, and the McNair Scholars Program. All of these things have helped me network, build my resume, gain valuable experience, and become the person I am today.
  9. I have become more open minded. Through my undergraduate degree I have met many people with different backgrounds, viewpoints, and ideas about the world. Every person has had their own story and their own way to tell it. It just takes some time to listen.
  10. I am more kind. In high school, it seems like everyone think the world revolves around themselves and I am sure I was guilty of this as well. During undergrad I have made a conscious effort to be more kind to the people around me and not let my bad day make a bad day for someone else.
  11. I am more confident. I meant to stop at ten, but it’s worth mentioning how much more confident I have grown in my four years at CSS. I am no longer afraid to introduce myself to new people, try out for a solo, or give a speech on the fly. Well, maybe I still get nervous but I never let it stop me! I have come to value myself as a person, something that can be hard to do when the world spends so much time telling you how you should look, act, and dress. In undergrad, I found out I am beautiful, talented, and special in my own ways and no one can tell me otherwise.

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