Graduating Senior Spotlight: Q&A with Mikaela Kadolph

Mikaela Kadolph smiles at the camera wearing a checkered black and white shirt

Hometown: Brainerd, MN

Major: Biology, Society and Environment

Minor: Leadership

Activities you are involved in: Leadership Minor Intern, Welcome Week Leader, Medical Assistant at a Dermatology Office

What is your favorite college memory?

It's hard to pick one favorite memory, but some of my favorites have been going to all the amazing athletic events, whether that be hockey in the winter or football in the fall. It is always a great day to be a Gopher!

What is your favorite class that you took in CLA? Is there a professor that you particularly enjoyed working with? How did they prepare you for the next phase of your life?

I can't pick one out of the four, so ALL of my leadership minor courses. Developing leadership skills that I can continue to build and use in the future is something that I greatly value. The professors in these courses were amazing at demonstrating and giving the space to develop these skills. 

How would you describe your time in your major?

Fast and crazy are the two best adjectives to describe my experience in BSE. Of course, there have been plenty of highs and lows, but it was what I learned from the lows that made the highs so much better and led me to have such an incredible experience in the major. Time went by quickly, but I definitely have a full list of great memories to take with me. 

What is your favorite study spot on campus?

It's hard to choose one spot on campus. Some of my favorite spots by far include the Graduate Hotel and the mall when it's nice outside. It’s always a motivator for me to get outside to get some sun and fresh air while studying. 

If you had the world's attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?

I would tell the world that if you put in the effort and hard work, anything is obtainable. People often forget that everything isn’t handed to you. You need to push yourself and work towards what you want. If the University has taught me one thing, it is that anything is achievable if you put your mind to it and do not give up easily. Push yourself to do new and uncomfortable things and the results will be worth it.

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