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Gary Van Zinderen

Gary Van Zinderen

Professional in Higher Education

Cass County, ND

Gary Van Zinderen lives in Fargo, ND and has over 20 years of experience in higher education through his work at the University of Jamestown, Frostburg State University, Ithaca College, and Johns Hopkins University. In his roles, Gary Van Zinderen has been dedicated to helping all students he comes in contact with and...





Minnesota State University

Masters, College Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Gary Van Zinderen attended the Minnesota State University campus in Mankato, receiving his Master's degree in 1994, with a focus on college student counseling.

University of Jamestown

Dean of Students

In this role, Gary Van Zinderen played a significant role in students' lives by successfully executing a number of campus-wide initiations and by providing leadership to several groups within the campus. Gary Van Zinderen helped revise and implement new policies and procedures to help students throughout their career in college education.

Frostburg State University

Director of Student Activities/Director of the Lane University Center

Gary Van Zinderen began at Frostburg State University in 2001 as the Director of Student Activities. While in this role, Gary developed and coordinated activities that were based on Educationally Developmental Programming. In 2004, Gary took on another role within Frostburg and became Director of the Lane University Center, a place where students would come to study and relax.

Minnesota State University

Bachelor of Arts, History

As a student at Minnesota State University, Gary Van Zinderen pursued his interest in history, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in the subject in 1991. He later realized his passion lies in education and helping students find their own way within the world of higher education.

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Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Major Dictate Your Career Path

The most confusing thing about a college education, even for those who have already graduated with a degree, is what that education actually means. What does it mean to have a college degree? What does it represent? What can you do with a college degree that you can’t do without one?

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Why Starting Out at College as an Undeclared Major can be a Great Option

Most colleges and universities embrace the undecided. It’s a major named undeclared, undecided, or undecided specialty major (i.e., undecided criminal justice major or undecided English major). Three reasons make undecided the best major.

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Do Employers Care Where You Went to College?

When the time comes for every high school student to decide which college to go to, the prestigiousness of a school will likely enter their minds. Many excellent students across the country aim high for Ivy League schools, but does their future depend on which college they attend?

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The Benefits and Downsides to Taking Summer and Winter Classes

College students may take summer and winter classes for a variety of reasons. They may want to graduate earlier, lighten up their regular semester course load, save money, or focus on only one subject because of its rigor or interesting nature. While using the time of the long breaks wisely may have many benefits, there are also some downfalls.

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"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." Albert Einstein