“My name is Cameron. I am a biomedical major at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I chose to be a biomedical major because I excelled in my science classes throughout high school. Not only am I good at science classes, I truly enjoy studying the material. Biomedical majors also make very good money, so that is the reason why I was intrigued to study biomedical science. I chose to attend Mankato because it is a good social atmosphere and I received a basketball scholarship to play here. Being on the basketball team is fun but it also comes with hard work on and off of the basketball court. A normal day as a basketball player at Mankato consists of practice, weight training, and conditioning. Being a student and an athlete is a challenging combination but I enjoy it. Basketball can be considered a part time job, because we have scheduled basketball functions for twenty hours per week. However, if you want to be the best basketball player you can be, many hours of extra practice is necessary. Extra practice could include various drills such as working on your jump shot, or even practicing your ball handling skills. These extra hours often make being a college basketball player a full time job. Therefore being a full time student and basketball player is like taking on two full time jobs. I aspire to be an Anesthesiologist because it is a very important way to help people and make good money. If being an Anesthesiologist doesn’t work out right after college, I want to try and play professional basketball overseas. My biggest role models are my parents because they raised me to become who I am today. My proudest achievement was winning the state championship in high school basketball.”
Photo & Caption: Thomas Imholte, Noah Rajtar, Shuaib Mohamud, Jameson Meyer
“I was with a couple of my friends and we were thirteen years old. I was over at my friend’s house and he lived over on Cleveland in Minneapolis. It was around nine or ten o’clock at night, and we decided to mess around with one of his neighbors because we were young and wanted to play ding dong ditch. There was an old man at the end of my friend’s block, so we decided to mess around with him. His yard had bushes that were 10 feet away from his door, so to hide we would run behind the bushes. So, we go there and screw with him a little bit. We go up to his door and ring the doorbell, and run to the bushes and jump behind them. There was about seven or eight of us and we just kept playing with him. The first time he thought it was funny and playing along. We decide to do it again because the old man thought it was funny, so the next time we do it he wasn’t happy with us. The old man told us that we needed to stop, or he was going to pull his gun out. Of course we decide to do it again because we don’t really think he’s going to pull a gun out. This time we didn’t ring his doorbell, we knocked on his window. He got really pissed off and he starts chasing us down the block with his gun and shooting in the air. It was scary when we were running away, but after we thought it was hilarious.”
Photo and caption by: Sydney Corbin, Blair Wareham and Dimitra Rothweiler
“My name’s Brandon I am 21. I am from Lonsdale, Minnesota. I broke my foot in downtown Mankato after bar close, right outside of red rocks. Me and my friend were talking to a cop about a person who got into a fight, then we headed home. On our way home he stepped on my foot and I fell, it hurt a lot. Then I walked all the way up Warren Street with my hurt foot and my roommate took me to the hospital. It was definitely broken, and telling the doctors how it happened was difficult. It was a funny thing at the time but now I am sick of it. It’s been broken now for 4 months. I haven’t been able to work, that is the hard part. Missing out on paychecks is difficult especially then you have to pay rent and other bills. I am expected to be able to walk in November. I go to South Central currently and next semester I will attend MSU. I don’t know what I want to be in the future. Right now I like to hang out with my friends and my girlfriend. That’s what I do with my time now days. In ten years I see myself graduated, having a couple kids, a puppy, and having a good job. I want to be a really active person and involved in a lot of different things. I also would like to travel to Alaska, Colorado, Bora bora, and see the Great Coral Reef in Australia.”
Photo and caption by: Uudus Bayarsaikhan, Nick Edstrom, Maria Willner
“I want to become a marking director in a well-known organization. I want success both financially and emotionally among my family, friends, and peers. I believe that success means that I am able to help others over helping myself. The most successful person in my eyes would be someone that gives back to others without recognition. I think that people nowadays get too caught up with trying to impress others. I want to be able to have enough to fund myself and others. I am going to school and plan on graduating with a double major double minor in Marking and Management with minor in business and administration and entrepreneurship. As part of MSU, I participate in the Intergraded Business Experience Program (IBE). In which me and twenty-two other students created and started a nonprofit company, called MN Native, to give back to the Mankato community, specifically the Backpack for Food Program. As vice president, I have taken on many tasks such as overseeing all departments and participating in sales across many different promotional events. This opportunity has given me a new look on what it takes to start up your own company along with giving me a new chance to develop and use many skills I have learned through my course work. My hobbies consist of many outdoor activities such as hunting, running, and fishing. I also enjoy doing many things hands on like working on my trucks, cars, motorcycles, and participating in community actives and local sporting activities.”
Photo and caption by: Ceara Golden, Samantha Zittle, Christa Stimson
“My hometown is Watertown, Wisconsin, but I moved to Mankato to get far away from home as most college students do. Right now I work as a delivery coordinator at Menards, but I’m a full time student at Minnesota State University as well. I’m majoring in Business Management/Admissions. After I graduate, my plan would be to find a job somewhere in my field. Hopefully I would get promoted fairly quickly to a higher paying job so I can finally start making more money. I have lots of hobbies in my free time. I like to draw when I’m bored. Besides that, I also really enjoy playing video games, but first person shooters are my personal favorite. I like to watch TV too, and it doesn’t help that Rick and Morty is a pretty hilarious show. Rick and Morty is definitely my favorite TV show at the moment. In fact, I’d say that Rick is my role model. The way that his endless wit gets him out of bad situations is both extremely funny and impressive at the same time. One of the biggest impacts on my life was when I was hanging out with my friends. I was fooling around and trying to see how fast I could spin on a barstool, and I started to spin too fast. I flew off and hit my head really badly on a wooden furniture frame. I blacked out for a while apparently, but the experience as a whole helped me realize that I need to be more self-aware and cautious”
Photo & caption by: Matt Abel, Ben Clayton, and Lindsey Mattson
Dr. David Gadberry is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He grew up in a family where both of his parents were educators, and proceeded to take music and art courses in middle and high school. Before deciding on a major of Music Education, he pursued courses in the Art Department. After switching majors, he planned on being a band director, but then learned more about General Music Education, which drove him to work extremely hard on voice and piano skills. When asked what advice he would give to young Music Educators, he stresses the importance of getting to know your students both inside and outside of the classroom setting, as well as being actively engaged to help with understanding your students, and to stay off of a cell phone. For students on the fence about pursuing a Music Education degree, Dr. Gadberry would like to tell them that this profession is super rewarding and that you get to use creativity to teach your passion all day, and that you have the ability to inspire that passion into your students, giving them a life-long skill. To the people of Mankato, Dr. Gadberry says that music should be allowed to be expressed in any way we can, and that we should not shame others with different talents. We should be accepting of all music, because that is another form of expression.
Photo & Caption by: Luke Dawson, Hiedi, Lambrecht, Carrie Pospishil
My job as a Network Administrator for the City of Mankato is the most exciting job in the world because of my extraordinary co-workers who put a smile on my face every single day. I get to test new technology that will assist the police in everyday operations. Some of the equipment I get to mess around with includes body cameras and tools that increase the ease of writing reports for officers by translating speech to a program that automatically fills in the report. This day and age, body cameras have become increasingly important so that when an incident occurs, the judge and jury are able to see what actually happened, not just opinions that may have very well been fabricated. In that sense, I am honored to be able to work on the equipment that ensures truth and justice will continue to thrive for many years to come. I decided to move to Mankato fourteen years ago because I wanted the city atmosphere without the big city traffic or people. In that sense, Mankato is a perfect place to live because it is big enough that there is always something to do and it never appears overly crowded. The job market in Mankato is growing, cost of living is low, and the wages are generally high. When buying a house here you can get a lot more for your money. I live with my wife, and four pets: Odin, a St. Bernard/Lab/Pointer mix; Loki, a Husky/Lab mix; Amanda, a cat; and Binx who is also a cat. I really enjoy playing football and video games. I played amateur football after college and then tried out for semi-pro football until it was disbanded. Friends are one of the most important things in my life. Something about being able to talk to a friend about anything helps get things off my mind. All of this reflection has helped me realize that I am exceedingly happy with where my life has brought me today.
Interview & Photo by: Khadiya Hollingsworth, Justin Duran, and David Markiewicz
I’ve always enjoyed running, it is a way to keep myself busy and also allows me to clear my head. When I was younger, I enjoyed running but I never thought I was good enough to be on a team until some of my peers encouraged me to join the high school team my freshman year. I ran for the school’s long distance team all the way through my senior year. After high school I lost track of completing my daily run due to working and going to school, but I always made sure to keep up on running at least two or three times a week to ensure I didn’t lose the muscle. In February 2014, my parents saw the ad somewhere on television or the internet and thought I would be interested in challenging myself to a marathon. They brought up the Mankato Marathon, which is a half marathon (13 miles). While they were telling me about it I became intrigued, so I decided to sign-up. With the challenge given to me, I ran my first marathon on October 21, 2014. It was a challenge because I had never run that far or long before. I was used to running eight maybe nine miles but I pushed myself through the parts where I thought I couldn’t do it anymore, and eventually I reached the finish line. Now today, I know if I were to do it again I would train longer in both time and distance. I would also eat healthier and quit smoking. The experience of running the marathon made me feel accomplished and like I had completed another challenge in my life. It had become a personal achievement to me, and it also created other person achievements I now have.
Interview & Photo by: Arriayn Thao, Lynzie Reichel, Kiara Ubl
“Soccer has played a massive role in my entire life. I’ve been playing ever since the first grade. I’ve been playing competitively since the 4th grade. I was introduced to the game from some friends in elementary school and have loved it ever since. Its truly been life changing. It has taught me so many lessons that are valuable in life. I worked my entire life to try and make it onto the varsity high school soccer team for all 4 years and eventually achieved that goal. I also had to make one of the hardest decisions in my life of leaving my former hometown club soccer team in attempts of joining one of the best soccer teams in all of Minnesota. I was fortunate enough to make the team. I started out my career when I was young, as a forward, but found that my true calling, was to be a goalkeeper. I found out I wanted to be a goalkeeper when I was randomly selected to play as the goalie for my club’s soccer game, and I absolutely loved it and haven’t looked back. I had the opportunity to play soccer in college, but I decided my education is what’s most important to me. I still plan to continue playing the beautiful sport for the rest of my life by joining a Men’s League soccer team, as well as just playing around with some friends. Overall, I am extremely grateful for everything the sport has done for me.”
Photo & Caption: Justin Duran, Khadiya Hollingsworth, and David Markiewicz
“Hello everyone, my name is Ryan and I am a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I found Mankato to be a good place to get education and obtain my degree. I am majoring in aviation. I chose aviation as my major because both my father, and grandfather are pilots. I have had many happy moments in my life, but one of the happiest moment in my life was when I got my pilot license. Receiving my pilot license is very important in terms of my career, and life as well. It also determines who I am and what I want to do, because I see myself being a pilot of a major airline in ten years. I am not only a student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I am also a baseball player on the Mavericks baseball team. Baseball was a big reason why I decided to come to Mankato. One thing I am very afraid of in life is getting a bad injury, specifically one that would result in a bone sticking out. This can be seen when someone’s bone is broken or fractured. Something that I have done that I am proud of is hitting a homerun off of Jameis Winston in high school. This is a proud moment for me because Jameis is now an elite athlete, and an NFL Quarterback for Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
Photo & Caption: Thomas Imholte, Noah Rajtar, Shuaib Mohamud, Jameson Meyer