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CAPE Coaches

Hannah Boldt

Hannah Boldt

CAPE Coach

Education

Hannah has a B.A. in French and International Studies - Global Security with certificates in African Studies and Global Cultures from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also has her M.A. in Educational Psychology from the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program and a graduate minor in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices from the Center for Spirituality and Healing, both at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Fun Facts

Hannah, along with two teammates, drove a rickshaw (three-wheeled mototaxi; think glorified lawnmower…) across India for a charity race. The race took two weeks and spanned 2,000+ miles, approximately the distance from the southern tip of Texas to the Canadian border. Her team raised over $10,000 for a local reading charity and also finished the race, rickshaw intact!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Being uncertain about majors and careers can be complex and not-knowing can feel uncomfortable when it appears that everyone else has “a plan”. Uncertainty is not a bad thing, it’s actually an amazing opportunity to be open to a world of possibility! Exploration, while challenging, is a chance to reflect on who you are, what you value, what you enjoy, and what you’re good at. Knowing these things about yourself is invaluable and will help you discover what truly fits for you, both now and in the future. Take the opportunity to slow down, reflect, and explore what is most important to you.


Susan LeBlanc

Susan LeBlanc

Director and CAPE Coach

Education

Susan has her Master of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel-College Student Affairs from Minnesota State University, Mankato; She also has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota.

Fun Facts

Susan absolutely loves vacationing to National Parks, and Rocky Mountain National Park is her home away from home. She also enjoys spending time with her partner, two kids, and their two cats.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Get out there and try stuff! You never know who you might meet, what new interest you might discover, and what you will learn about yourself from that experience. Join a club, volunteer, study abroad, just make sure you do something!


Aya Maruyama

LeeAnn Melin

CAPE Coach

Education

Aya has a B.A. in Psychology from the Hiram College in Ohio and a M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Fun Facts

I have been to Tanzania twice. Going on a safari in the Ngorongoro National Park was the best experience ever!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Choosing a major doesn't have to mean deciding what you will do for the rest of your life. As you gain more experience, you will gain better understanding of yourself and your options. You'll also gain more transferable skills and new interests may grow. You keep changing and so will your plans. Be open-minded and let yourself take a bit more winding path than you may have expected.


Lucy Reile

Katie Koopmeiners

CAPE Coach

Education

Lucy has a B.S. in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas

Fun Facts

Lucy was a contestant on the Price is Right and won a sailboat! She also loves food and trying out restaurants.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

As you explore majors and careers, don't be afraid to share your interests and story with people you know as well as new people you meet. Ask them to share their major and career path too. You can learn a lot from the experiences of others!


Kai Takatsuka

Matt Fisher

Cape Coach

Education

Kai has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Family Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. He also has a Master of Arts in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Fun Facts

Kai loves practicing hot yoga and running (when his feet cooperate). He can often be found watching online cat videos and visiting the zoo in his free time.

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Be patient with yourself and try not to judge your decisions too quickly or harshly. Choosing a major is both a complex and exciting process, and is good practice for making other decisions later in life. Enjoy the exploration and cherish any opportunity to learn more about yourself and your values.




Staff

Kate Ryan

Kate Eloranta

Program Specialist

Education

Kate has a Bachelor of Individualized Studies: Linguistics, Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences, and Teaching English as a Second Language, and a minor in Finnish Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities.

Fun Facts

Kate enjoys cycling the Twin Cities and beyond, cross country skiing, and live music.  She also loves all things Finnish, learning new languages, and travelling! (...or dreaming of travelling)

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Don't compare yourself to others that seem confidently decisive about their major and life direction.  Odds are, they are just as uncertain as you!  Be proud of yourself for taking on the challenge of exploration.


Laura Nygren

Laura Nygren

Coordinator of Communications and Design

Education

Laura has a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Fun Facts

Laura loves everything about social doccumentaries, excel spreadsheets, weddings, power tools, the ocean, and avacados. She is her happiest when she is traveling somewhere new and exciting!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Follow your own dreams for you own reasons and don't let anyone else distract you from becoming the person you want to be. However, at the same time be patient with yourself and allow yourself to explore and create!


Jennifer Thomas

Laura Nygren

Graduate Intern

Education

Jenny has a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Psychology in Educational and Community Settings from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is currently a graduate student at the University of St. Thomas studying an M.A. in Leadership in Student Affairs.

Fun Facts

Jenny loves spending time with friends, traveling, and walking her dog. She is fluent in American Sign Language and loves teaching people how to sign a few things!

Best piece of advice for students exploring majors

Keep your options open and do not be afraid to ask for help. Utilize resources on campus to really help you figure out what your interests and goals are to make an informed decision about your major!


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