University of Minnesota

Meet Catlyn!

Catlyn Christie

Peer Coach

Where are you from, and how did you end up at the U of M?

After growing up in Fargo, ND, I knew I wanted to go to college somewhere outside of my comfort zone. Minneapolis seemed like the natural next step, and I loved everything that the U of M had to offer. It's incredible to have such a great college community right in the middle of a bustling metropolitan city!

What are you studying at the U?

I'm double majoring in Human Resources & Industrial Relations and Public & Nonprofit Management, along with a minor in Sustainability Studies.

What's your favorite part of working at CAPE?

Not only am I surrounded by authentic, purpose-driven co-workers, but I have the privilege of taking part in the journeys of exploring students who visit us. Major exploration is such a unique opportunity to tap into your self-awareness and personal values, and I love being able to promote that discovery each day at CAPE.

How would you define your role at CAPE, in your own words?

As a peer coach, I serve as a listening ear and resource-connector for students beginning to explore majors. I meet with students 1-on-1 in order to collaboratively facilitate the next steps in their exploration journey. It's easy to get frustrated and stuck in the ambiguity of deciding a major, but the U is such a great place to be undecided; there are so many supportive people and resources available! Peer coaching is a great place to start and learn more.

What's something that makes you unique, or that most people might not know about you?

I love plants and gardening and am actively honing my green thumb -- slowly but surely.

What is your favorite type of cereal, and why?

Frosted Mini-Wheats allllll day (or their equally delicious off-brand counterpart, Frosted Mini Spooners)


What's your favorite thing to do on a day off?

Set up my hammock between a couple trees and dive into a great book.

What job would you do for free?

Am I allowed to say Peer Coaching? Because it's true.

What's a class superlative that you always would've liked to win, or which ones have you won?

In high school, I won "Most Likely to Borrow your Phone Charger" ...Still accurate.

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