Meet the Rockstars: Emily Sebranek

1. Name: Emily Sebranek 

2. Hometown: Sun Prairie, WI

3. Major(s) and Minor(s): Spanish major

4. Year in school: Sophomore 

5. If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be and why? I would be an avocado even though I’m 99.9% sure it’s not a vegetable (?) I just love avocados and guac…I could honestly live off it!

6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: The Tav! (I know, I’m basic…)

7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: Go to a Tim McGraw concert!

8. What you wish you would’ve known when you began your first year at UMD: Be open to trying new things! I came into college having no interest in Greek Life, however my Rockstar convinced me to rush! Looking back, it was the BEST decision I made freshman year!

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/12/2017

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Meet the Rockstars: Anna Schackmuth

1. Name: Anna Schackmuth

2. Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minnesota

3. Major(s) and Minor(s): Psychology major and Studio Art minor

4. Year in School: Senior

5. If you were a vegetable, which one would you be and why? Avocado! Technically a fruit, but I consider it to be a vegetable for sure. Favorite “vegetable” ever!

6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: Uncle Louis Café

7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: Being brought to a different country spontaneously, where I do not know where I am going until I step foot inside the country!

8. What you wish you would’ve known before you began your first year at UMD: One piece of advice I would give to incoming freshman is to be open to meeting new people and getting to know new cultures

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/11/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Megan Traxler

1. Name: Megan Traxler

2. Hometown: Le Center, Minnesota

3. Major(s) and Minor(s): Cell and Molecular Biology Major with a Minor in Chemistry 

4. Year in school: Senior

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5. If magic was real, what spell would you use first? I am one of the biggest Harry Potter nerds out there so of course I would love to do magic. I think I would cast a spell that would allow me to fly around on a broom because I think that would be quite an experience! Plus, who wouldn’t want to fly?! I would never have to pay for gas again! 

6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: Tavern on the Hill!

7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: THERE ARE SO MANY. Overall, I just want to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether that be holding a door open for someone, lending aid or advice where needed, or inspiring others to be the best that they can be and to reach their full potential.

8. What you wish you would’ve known when you began your first year at UMD? My little piece of advice would be not to limit yourself to what you think you know or what you think you like. You’re on your own now and you will grow and change. I joined an organization I never thought I would join in a million years and now it is such a huge part of my life and made me into the woman I am today. 

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Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/10/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Ellie Strafelda

 

  1. Name: Ellie Strafelda
  2. Hometown: West St. Paul MN. 
  3. Major(s) and Minor(s): I have psychology and Hispanic studies majors with a special education minor and I am applying to master’s programs from occupational therapy. 
  4. Year in school: I am starting my senior year.  
  5. If magic was real, what spell would you use first? If magic was real I would definitely use a broom to fly because I would love to see the world from up high!
  6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: My favorite place to eat in Duluth is Little Angie’s because the philly cheesesteak wrap is beyond amazing.
  7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: Before I die I would like to travel to each continent.
  8. What you wish you would’ve known when you began your first year at UMD: I wish I would have known not to be nervous about every little thing, because it all works out in the end.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/7/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Dalton Klein

 

  1. Name: Dalton Klein 
  2. Hometown: Layton, UT & Hudson, WI
  3. Major(s) and Minor(s): BBA- Finance Minor- Philosophy
  4. Year in school: Senior
  5. If money and practicality weren’t an issue, what would be the most interesting way for you to get around town? I would inch around like an inchworm.
  6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: West Taphouse
  7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: Wingsuit down a mountain
  8. What you wish you would’ve known when you began your first year at UMD?Getting really involved and staying busy is the best way to open up your future and stay on top of things. Also Kirby student center jobs are nice.

 

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/6/2017

Rockstar Training 2017!!!!!

Hey everyone!! I know you all are probably just as excited as I am that the semester is slowly drawing to a close, but some people are already getting their A-game on for Bulldog Welcome Week 2017.

That’s right, I said it….

BULLDOG WELCOME WEEK 2017!!!!!!!!!

AHHHHHH!! So exciting!

Here’s the link to the latest video about Rockstar training last month. It’s a sneak peek into what Rockstars will be doing this year and how super-awesome-crazy-fun they are. (You can obviously tell by the wild smiles and laughter everyone seems to be having).

In case you didn’t already know, Rockstars are a group of fantastic college students on a mission to help new students (freshmen and transfer) have THEE best transition into the UMD life. I still remember my Rockstar, Matt, and how much fun us and our “rock group” had during BWW. One of my best friends, Kate, was in my group! We’re living together this next school year, and I know we will be lifelong friends.

Get excited because summer is right around the corner, and so is Bulldog Welcome Week!!

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 4/18/2017

Why You Should Apply to be a UMD RockStar!!!

If you haven’t heard of the UMD RockStars, you don’t go here. Plain and simple, EVERYONE knows who they are! They are the amazing student leaders that help new and transfer students settle into the college life during Bulldog Welcome Week. If you’re a student here, you probably remember when you were assigned to a circle of new people who you never met, called your “Rock Group”, during the week before fall semester. RockStars lead this group of new students and show them the ropes of UMD. They foster friendships and facilitate great conversations regarding academics, social activities and Duluth’s opportunities.

Being able to lead these groups of new students is not only a phenomenal experience to list on your resume, but also a rewarding and life-long memory that had an impact on those around you. RockStars learn so much about how to communicate and connect with all people around them. Being a RockStar fulfills the deep desire to help others and change the world (even if it’s only a tiny bit).

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You can apply for being a RockStar starting this Wednesday, February 1st through February 13th. You can find the applications by following this link. A note about the application – make sure you meet these guidelines:

  • Have attended UMD for at least one full year (two semesters) OR if you are a transfer student, one full semester
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student for the fall of 2017
  • Have a UMD GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Campus involvement through clubs, organizations, leadership experience, etc.
  • Be in good standing with the University
  • MUST be available for these dates:
    • Sunday April 2nd, 10am-8pm (RockStar Training)
    • Regular access to Moodle over the summer to participate in online discussions
    • Sunday August 20th, 6-9pm & Monday August 21st, 9am-6pm (Training Sessions)
    • Bulldog Welcome Week: Tuesday August 22nd-Saturday August 26th (variable hours each day, typically around 7am-11pm)

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If you think YOU are cut out for making an impact as a RockStar, apply!! The Office of Students in Transition is looking forward to meeting you.

Happy Tuesday!

Written by Hannah Garrett on 1/31/2017