The Taxi Driver



IMG_1357.jpg“Everyone tends to not love doing his or her job or going to work but I for one, do. Working for WS transportation was definitely a change and a challenge from previous jobs I’ve had. This is a taxi service company. Many people if they can’t get around town will get a cab. Which is what I do. I drive customers to their designated location. I wanted to find something that I would enjoy doing and WS transportation was what made me happy. One of the greatest memories I have from work was when I went on a route to transport a group of college kids. Initially I couldn’t find where this group was located at first. I had to call the guy who requested the transportation to locate where he and his friends were. Once I had located him, he had misplaced his phone. It was like a wild goose chase for everyone. We spent quite some time searching for his phone until he realized that he had his phone in his sock. It was hilarious which made it memorable for me. I feel like there are times where we are put in situations where we don’t ever think we’ll be in but it’s a great learning experience. You never know what you’ll encounter. What makes my job worth continuing is the possibility of new experiences and learning something everyday. It’s also the fact that these customers are very satisfied with my work and that I am able to give them great customer service care. Occasionally they tip extremely well too so that’s a bonus. I have lived in Mankato my whole entire life yet the people I meet and come into contact always surprise me. They are always so kind and good. There will be a couple of times or so when you come across a customer who may have some bad qualities but it’s always about customer care and making sure they get to where they need to be.”

Photo & Caption by: Lynzie Reichel, Arriayn Thao, and Kiara Ubl






IMG_2275.jpg“Living in Mankato has been such a wonderful blessing. I come from a smaller town in Illinois which was great, but it certainly is no Mankato. I originally moved here because it is the town of where my wife lives. My happiest moment in life, was marrying my beautiful wife. I have been living here in this gorgeous city for about three years and 6 months, and every single second of it has been wonderful. It is such a beautiful city and is always growing rapidly. I currently am working for FedEx as a driver here on the weekdays as well as on Saturday mornings. I absolutely love my job especially because it allows for me to be outdoors more, as well as having a boss that is kind and truly cares about us employees. It also allows for me to have a bit more of a flexible schedule which is a very nice perk to have as well. 10 years down the line, I still hope and plan on seeing myself, my wife, and my family still living in the Mankato Area.”

Photo and caption by: David Markiewicz and Justin Duran



IMG_0632.jpeg“My name is Macayla and I’m originally from Green Bay, but moved to Minnesota recently. Even when I lived in Wisconsin I loved the Vikings. My dad would take me to Vikings games, and I even have a Vikings tattoo. I’m looking forward to going to the upcoming Vikings versus Packers game. I am a junior at Minnesota State University-Mankato, so that is what brought me to Mankato. I love going downtown to the bars, but my favorite thing to do is ski at MountKato. There are so many parts of the city that I want to explore, but I have never lived here during the summer so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to venture through. My dream in life is to have a husband that loves me, dogs that snuggle me, and kids that adore me. I am in the Elementary education program at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and I want to be either a Kindergarten teacher or a first-grade teacher. I currently work at an after-school program for kids in North Mankato and I love it. I hope to adopt my kids because my mom and dad adopted my little sister, Cal, from Ethiopia. At first, when she got here, we hated each other. But now we have a strong relationship. She is applying for colleges now and I’m so proud of her. My favorite time of year is Halloween and fall. I love all of the colors of the Midwest and I hope to never move away from here. I like winter too but it just gets too cold for me.”

Photo and caption by: Samantha Zittel, Ceara Golden, Christa Stimson






Humans of Mankato #3.jpg“Hi my name is Olivia, and I’m a student at Mankato State University. I chose MNSU because it is close enough from my parents to not feel homesick, but far enough away to gain privacy. At MNSU, I’m majoring in Child Care Psychology. I was swayed into this major because it is my personal goal to make sure that other children don’t experience the complications of divorced parents like my siblings and me had to. I feel that this split has caused me to be more critical of myself and I need to just calm myself. I’m afraid that I’ll have no one around me that loves when life’s crucial moments arrive. This probably makes me more anxious, but I don’t think anybody wants to be alone. To counter this feeling, I joined theatre. I love being in the spotlight and being given new opportunities. I’m proud of the fact that I got hired in the beginning of freshman year doing a job that makes me happy and easily fits into my schedule. In ten years, I see myself working hard wherever I am and maybe starting a family with a couple dogs. My advice to anybody who reads this blog, work hard at whatever you’re doing, it’ll pay off in the end.”

Photo & caption by: Matt Abel, Ben Clayton, and Lindsey Mattson




Cam Kirksey.jpg“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


IMG_E3368.JPG“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



Humans of Mankato Picture Edstrom Nicholas

“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


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“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




Lauren.jpg“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. Gadberry


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