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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!


Holly Hutchins

Polly Lehman

 

Major

English and American Studies

Fun Facts

I love being outside and go glamping every chance I get, doing yoga, and baking and cooking. I also have an incredible cat named Charlie, who I adore.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Be patient with yourself and trust that there is something out there for you that will click and feel right. This might mean you have to ask a LOT of questions, talk to some people, and give yourself the benefit of the doubt, which are all challenging but worthwhile things to do. Being open to seeing opportunities and connections where you least expect them.


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

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.


Dana Osaben

Dana Osaben

 

Major

Business and Marketing Education

Fun Facts

I love sports! I enjoy playing soccer and watching basketball. I've seen almost every sports documentary on Netflix!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Have fun with it! Take advantage of the many resources the U offers. Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone and ask questions!


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.


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

 

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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