Meet Our Intern Julia

Julia Ziegler is a marketing intern at Vinland’s residential facility. She is currently earning a degree is Business Marketing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her expected graduation date is May 2015.

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Why are you interested in your field of study?
I didn’t exactly know what career path I wanted to take when I entered college, and I figured business was a broad area to go into.  After taking some classes it morphed into specializing in marketing.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I tend to be drawn to non-profit organizations, and I love the atmosphere of Vinland out in Loretto. It’s a change from Minneapolis.

What are your goals after graduation?
I’m relocating to the East Coast and I hope to find a job I love.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to be with family and friends, read good books, and relax at the lake.

Where did you last go on vacation?
Colorado

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Bali, Indonesia

What is your favorite TV show, movie, or book?
TV show: F.R.I.E.N.D.S
Movies: Harry Potter, Under the Tuscan Sun
Books: The Help

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Swim underwater in the ocean, exploring all the depths of it

What is your favorite quote?
“There are some things money just can’t buy, like manners, morals, and integrity.”

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Words of Appreciation

Valentine’s Day is a day to focus on relationships. As social creatures, we thrive from connections. People with strong social connections tend to be happier and live longer than those without. Our well-being depends on our connections with others.

This Valentine’s Day, the day of love, take the time to reach out to people who have made a positive impact on your life to simply say “thank you.” This can include family members, friends, teachers, counselors, etc. These simple words are more significant than you may think. By saying “thank you,” you’re acknowledging their helpful role in your journey towards a clean life.

Everyone likes to feel appreciated and recognized. Saying “thank you” has as much of a positive effect on the one saying it as it has on the one receiving the thanks. Showing appreciation for those who have showed you compassion, care, and hope in hard times can be an instant mood-booster, and a remedy to beat depression and feelings of regret.

Throughout your life, these connections will continue to be essential. Recovery is a process that does not end, and you will face many challenges. Having loved ones close to you during this time is important. Keep the important connections in your life strong by showing people how much your appreciate them.

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Meet Our Intern Amanda

Amanda Thalacker is an intern at Vinland’s residential chemical health program. She is currently earning a degree from the University of North Dakota in Rehabilitation Human Services with an emphasis on mental health and substance abuse. Amanda’s expected graduation date is May 2015.
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Why are you interested in your field of study?
I enjoy helping people, and I think people with substance abuse disorders and mental health issues are misunderstood.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
Vinland deals with co-occurring disorders and it’s a nice facility.

What are your goals after graduation?
I hope to get a good job in my field of study.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to spend time with family and friends, go fishing, and see live music.

Where did you last go on vacation?
Florida

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Greece

What is your favorite TV show, movie, or book?
My favorite TV show is F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
If I knew I would for sure not die, I would go base jumping.

What is your favorite quote?
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” – C.S. Lewis

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Meet Our Intern Mick

Mick McClellan is an intern for Vinland’s residential chemical health program. He is currently earning a degree in addiction counseling from Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Mick’s expected graduation date is fall of 2015.
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Why are you interested in your field of study?
I believe I have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives, specifically in the lives of people in recovery.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I wanted the unique opportunity to help people with traumatic brain injuries.

What are your goals after graduation?
I’d like to work at a great place like Vinland Center.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like snow skiing, playing guitar, and just being outside. I enjoy rock climbing and hiking.

Where did you last go on vacation?
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
South America

What is your favorite TV show, movie, or book?
TV show: That 70’s Show
Movie: Brave Heart
Book: The King of Ireland

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Helicopter skiing

What is your favorite quote?
“Rethink everything you’ve been told; reject that which insults your soul.”

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Meet Our Intern Don

Don Raasch  is an intern at Vinland’s residential chemical health program. He is currently earning a degree from Adler Graduate School of Psychology  studying co-occurring disorders, marriage and family therapy, and working towards his license in addiction counseling. Don’s expected graduation date is fall of 2015.

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Why are you interested in your field of study?
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a complete career change for me, but I liked the idea of helping others.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I met Tom Beckers at an internship fair and he told me about Vinland’s program. It seemed like the place to be, and it was different than the rest.

What are your goals after graduation?
To better understand the process of co-occurring disorders and how traumatic brain injuries tie into it all.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am the parent of twins who just left for their freshman year of college and a 16 year old, so I’m busy with their sporting events. We also like to spend time at the cabin.

Where did you last go on vacation?
Florida Keys

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Greece

What is your favorite TV show, movie, or book?
TV: I mostly watch sports
Movie: Platoon
Book: My all time favorite is Servant Leader

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Helicopter ski in Banff, Canada

What is your favorite quote?
“Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

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Get Outside and Snowshoe

Physical activity is important all year. Colder temps and less sunlight decrease many people’s motivation to workout in the winter. If you find that you have less motivation for exercise in the winter, consider trying an outdoor sport like snowshoeing.

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Snowshoeing is a great option for winter exercise because it offers a variety of health benefits. Snowshoeing burns more calories than walking, running, or cross country skiing the same distance, and the cold winter temperatures increase the body’s metabolic rate. People who snowshoe also enjoy the mental health benefits of outdoor exercise.

Snowshoeing is a low impact workout with little to no training required. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! People set their own intensity level by choosing where to walk. You can snowshoe on groomed flat trails found at local parks for a low impact workout, or you can snowshoe through ungroomed deep snow for a more intense workout.

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If you’re not ready to purchase a pair of snowshoes, you can rent them for the day at local parks or sports equipment stores. For your first time out, start on a flat groomed trail to get used to walking in snowshoes.

With all outdoor winter sports, clothing is important. Wear waterproof boots, moisture wicking clothes (avoid cotton), and layers. Don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen!

Winter Walkabout

Vinland’s annual 3K snowshoe walk, the Winter Walkabout, is Saturday, February 21. If you have never been snowshoeing before, attending this event is a great way to give it a try! There will be a limited supply of snowshoes available for you to borrow at the Walkabout, including kids’ sizes. Registration is $15 per person, and includes an event t-shirt and hot lunch. Kids ages 12 and under attend for free. All proceeds benefit Vinland Center, a non-profit that serves adults with cognitive impairments.

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Happy New Year

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