University of Minnesota
http://www.umn.edu/
612-625-5000

Peer Coaches

Gabby Brown

Polly Lehman

 

Major

Political Science

Fun Facts

I have a deep love for the tv show The Office!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Don't feel discouraged if you don't know what you want to study. Take advantage of the resources the U has to offer when exploring majors. Stay open minded!


Polly Lehman

Polly Lehman

 

Major

Bachelor of Individualized Studies in Psychology, Leadership, and Communication Studies

Fun Facts

I can quote every episode of Friends, I prefer nectarines over peaches, my favorite word is "wonderful," and I love high fives.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Be proactive! The University of Minnesota has countless opportunities for every student to explore new interests and passions. Take a leap and try something new, you never know what your newest passion might be!


Office Assistants

Adrian Chong

Clairece Cooke

 

Major

Finance and Entrepreneurship

Fun Facts

I love playing soccer and going to music festivals!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Follow your passion wherever it leads you, don't be afraid to try new things and make changes in your life because there is no growth in the comfort zone!


Clairece Cooke

Clairece Cooke

 

Major

Environmental Science and Policy Management

Fun Facts

My favorite flavor of ice cream is peppermint bonbon. I was a synchronized swimmer in high school.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Don't be afraid to explore. It might not happen right away but the goal is to find something at the cross roads of your skills and your passions that you can pursue and use to make change in the world.


Kathryn Thibault

Kathryn

 

Major

Communication Studies

Fun Facts

When I was little, almost every sentence I said included the phrase “I’m so excited!”. I guess I was just really excited about life! Also, I love bunnies!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

It is totally okay to be undecided. I was, too! I would recommend taking classes that genuinely interested you, even if you don’t think you could major in that subject. You might surprise yourself and find your passion within one of those classes! Also, try to stay positive and not get frustrated that you haven’t found your major yet. It took me a long time to decide my major, but trying not to freak out about the situation helped me to take the time I needed to find the right fit and feel confident about it.


Henvy Xiao

Clairece Cooke

 

Major

Math with Specialization in Actuarial Science Finance and Risk Management

Fun Facts

I have never read a book for fun in my life. But people say I have very good literature insights.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Take courses that sounds interesting to you, and the major this course belongs to might be a good fit to you. And, never be afraid of getting professional helps from your advisors or CAPE coaches. Lastly, please stay true to your passion, and also be realistic with other factors like your academic strength and weakness.


Kayla Van Zeeland

Kathryn

 

Major

Biology, Society, and Environment

Fun Facts

I am a ballroom dancer.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Take advantage of a lot of different opportunities. Don't get too caught up in doing things only pertaining to your field of interest because you never know what other interests you have!


Communications Intern

Macie Rasmussen

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Major

Journalism (Emphasis in Strategic Communication)

Fun Facts

Melodrama by Lorde is the only album that I need. I eat avocado every day of my life. The population of my hometown is 1,000 people.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Talk to people! Attending student group meetings is a great way to meet students in majors that you are thinking about and evaluate if a certain department feels like a good fit with your interests and values. And if you end up not liking a particular class while you’re exploring, don’t feel like you’ve wasted time. Learning what you don’t enjoy is just as productive as learning what you do.


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