Meet the Rockstars: Maggie Carey

1. Name: Maggie Carey
2. Hometown: Maple Lake, MN
3. Major(s) and Minor(s): Major in Communication, Minor in Photography
4. Year in school: Senior
5. If magic was real, what spell would you use first? It’s not necessarily a spell, but I would hands down use the undetectable extension charm Hermione uses to have an unlimited amount of storage in her bag! I believe that is any girl’s dream to carry so many things with such ease!
6. Hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: Uncle Louis’s Café! Best breakfast in town, I am never disappointed there!
7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: Go back to Switzerland to visit my dearest Swiss friend!
8. What you wish you would’ve known when you began your first year at UMD: Cherish the moments and drink lots of coffee! Freshman year is the best year of college, everything is new and so are you! During my first year, I wish I would have joined more clubs. Get out there and be involved, you have nothing to lose 🙂
Written by Hannah Garrett on 8/2/2017

Snapshot Sunday: Bean Lake

Good evening and happy Sunday everyone! Today’s post is the very FIRST about Kate Shelley’s Snapshot Sunday series. She will be sending me a few key photos from a weekly adventure around campus and the city and a short snippet about them. Here is an excerpt from her Snapshot Sunday Report:


Destination: Bean Lake, Silver Bay MN 

Bean Lake, a secret lake tucked down in a quiet valley, is located along the beautiful Superior hiking trail. The Superior hiking trail is over 300 miles of hiking and ATV trails, starting in south Duluth and making its way up to the Canadian border. 
To get to the overlook of Bean lake it is roughly 3 miles each way (totaling 6+ miles). The trail winds up and down multiple hills, which definitely feel like mountains. The hike to get to the Bean Lake is exactly what it sounds like — a hike. It may be a trek, but the view is a 10/10. I promise you it will leave you breathless.

From where I parked all the way to Bean lake, it took about 3-4 hours, giving me enough time to explore the lookout area. If you go, I highly recommend wearing hiking boots, bring WATER, and of course a camera to capture the view. Just know that pictures will never do it justice to how beautiful it truly is.

Make sure to check out the “Discover Duluth” tab on the blog that will feature some of Kate’s best work from the Duluth area. From UMD’s campus, to secret downtown pizza stops, to unknown nature adventure nooks, she’ll have it all for you.

Let’s make this week a great one!

Written by Hannah Garrett on 11/13/2016


Find Your Passion through Campus Clubs

Now that you have a couple weeks of school under your belt, you may or may not have found a group of people who share your same interests, aspirations, and/or hobbies. Whether you have or have not, there are so many amazing organizations and clubs that you can get involved with at UMD that offer a ton of opportunities to meet people similar to you. It doesn’t matter what you have a passion for – there’s probably already a club waiting for you. Here’s just a few clubs on campus that you may find a spark of interest in:

UMDawg House


If you’re a freshman, you may already have heard this club’s name from welcome week. UMDawg house’s page describes them as “A Campus Life Program (CLP) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) that offers students project-based internship opportunities to further their knowledge and gain practical experience in fields of studies such as: sports marketing, communications, organizational management, and graphic design. Students work towards a more spirited student body by collaborating with team members to plan and develop game day promotions to increase student involvement and attendance at UMD Division II sporting events.” They have a ton of fun and focus on making everyone have a great sports experience as a Bulldog.

Women in Business


Sorry fellas, this club is just for the ladies. Driven to help young women excel in the business world, Women in Business is a very well-known club on campus. They described themselves as “open to all students who are interested in learning more about the role women play in a professional setting. Our mission is to provide members the opportunity to connect with peers and industry professionals in order to improve communication, instill confidence and strengthen business etiquette. The club’s activities include guest speakers, volunteer opportunities, fundraising events and social gatherings.” If you’re a business major especially, you should seriously consider this awesome group of women.

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK)

The name speaks for itself – doing random acts of kindness throughout campus! RAK says, “Random Acts of Kindness is an organization that I have wanted to create for a while now. I, personally love helping others and doing random acts of kindness. I would love to create a community of people who are willing to commit their time to helping others and benifitting our community. My ultimate goal is to be able to fundraise for certain events or things that we can do out in the community”. If you are a positive, caring and thoughtful person, consider RAK as a group to join.

She’s the First

She’s the First is a relatively newer club on campus that has sparked a huge interest in students to help out young girls in under developed countries. They are described as “an independent chapter of a national organization ( dedicated to sponsoring girls’ education in low-income countries all over the world! This incredible organization changes the lives of young, passionate females worldwide who are given the chance to achieve their dreams, and to often be the first to do so! We have several meetings every month where we discuss fun fundraising events such as bake sales, 5K’s or talent shows to give a girl the gift of education. Come join us and change a girl’s life forever!”

Love Your Melon


“Love Your Melon is an apparel brand on a mission to put a hat on every child battling cancer in America, and to support the fight against pediatric cancer.” They are ran by college students all across the U.S. that are involved with raising awareness about child cancer at universities. UMD has an exceptional LYM crew, so check them out today!

Sword Tag

No for real, this is a club on campus, and they have so much fun!! Sword Tag “is a game of fast paced combat using weapons made from PVC, pipe insulation, and duct tape. The ultimate goal is to field sizable armies of players in free form battle. Sword Tag takes only a few minutes to learn, and a lifetime to master.” Check them out if you think you’re up to the challenge.

Rod and Gun Club

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Minnesota fishing opener on Lake Mille Lacs

If you have a knack for hunting, fishing, and other sorts of Minnesota outdoorsmanry, Rod and Gun Club just might be for you. “We provide an opportunity for hunters, fisherman, and outdoor enthusiasts to meet new people who share the same passion, exchange hunting and fishing tips, and become familiar with the vast resources that Duluth has to offer.”

Here’s the link to the entire list of all the cool, funky, interesting and amazing clubs UMD has to offer. Whatever your passion may be, there will be somewhere for you to delve into it much more; so go out there and find it!!

Written by Hannah Garrett on 9/14/2016