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Admissions Fellows

Katie Anderson
Student- ‘20
English and Music, Management Studies concentration

Katie, originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, is a senior majoring in English and Music, with a Management Studies concentration. Outside the classroom, Katie participates in Chapel Choir and Agnes Acapella, as well as writes for the Manitou Messenger. Along with working in Admissions, she also works in the Piper Center for Vocation and Career as a Peer Advisor. One of her favorite activities is musical theater, and she loves getting the opportunity to see and participate in musicals both on and off-campus. A highlight of her time at St. Olaf was studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the fall semester of her junior year.

Favorite spot on the Hill: the hill outside Old Main in the fall — “Fall is my favorite season and campus always looks absolutely gorgeous when the leaves turn! Old Main looks even more beautiful than usual in the fall.”

Seda BagiryanSeda Bagiryan
Student- ’21
Political Science, International Relations concentration

I am Seda Bagiryan from Yerevan, Armenia. Coming to St. Olaf was my first time in the United States and it has been a great adventure so far. My major is Political Science and I have a concentration in International Relations as well as Statistics and Data Science. Beyond the classroom, I am part of the Veselica International Dance Company and spend quite a lot of time in the Center for Arts and Dance. During my time at St.Olaf, I have studied abroad twice in programs called Semester at Sea and Global Semester. During that time I have traveled and studied in 15 countries. These experiences have had a lasting and incredible impact on my career aspirations. I have deeper developed my passion for justice and equality in the world. My favourite class ever taken at St. Olaf is with Professor Ibtesam Al Atiyat about Colonial and Postcolonial legacy in our lives.

Favorite spot on the Hill: The Math building where I like reading for fun or studying.

Zipi Diamond
Student – ‘20
Sociology/Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Zipi is a senior this year, majoring in Sociology/Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies. She has loved the research courses she’s taken at St. Olaf and is a teaching assistant for the sociology quantitative research methods course this year. Beyond the classroom, Zipi is a peer educator at the Wellness Center, involved with gender and sexuality organizations on campus, and has taught at a preschool. This past summer, she participated in the Piper Center’s Social Entrepreneurship Scholars Program, during which she interned with the juvenile division of the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Favorite spot on the hill:  The Natural Lands – “It’s a great and easy way to get out in nature, take walks with friends, or just relax after a busy day on the Hill”

Emily Johnson
Student- ‘20
Biology and Norwegian

Currently a senior at St. Olaf, Emily is from Maple Grove, Minnesota. Although she started her first year undecided, she now represents a true liberal arts student, majoring in Biology and Norwegian and concentrating in Educational Studies and Nordic Studies. During her time at St. Olaf, Emily has participated in an off-campus interim in Minneapolis, and she has also studied abroad for an interim in India, a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, and two summer programs in Norway. She is looking forward to returning to Norway this interim for an internship seminar and to conduct research as part of her year-long Rand Scholar Award. Along with working in Admissions for her 4th year, Emily is also the president of the Norwegian Honor House and loves interacting with other people, especially children

Favorite spot on the Hill: Old Main Hill—“Lots of conversations and memories have occurred on Old Main Hill: watching the fireflies, caf tray sledding and even rolling down it once as a study break with friends.”

Read KarsellRead Karsell
Student- ’21
Spanish, a concentration in Education, Linguistics, and Latin American Studies

As a junior from Rochester, Minnesota, Read keeps busy at St. Olaf. He studies Spanish with a concentration in education which he will graduate licensed to k-12 Spanish. He also has a concentration in linguistics, an area of study he discovered at St. Olaf and has found a true passion for, and also in Latin American studies. Read has studied abroad twice, once in Ecuador during his first year interim and then for a semester in Seville, Spain his junior year. On campus, Read is active in student government, is a St. Olaf representative in the Minnesota Association of Private College Students, participates in theatre, loves ceramics, and works in admissions. Read loves being a part of the St. Olaf community and always finds something to keep him busy. One highlight during his time at St. Olaf was testifying to the Minnesota House Higher Education Committee in support of the Minnesota State Grant.

Favorite spot on the Hill: The Circle Tables in Stav Hall – The circle tables have the best view being right in front of the giant windows and at the end of the hall. You can see everything and everyone. It’s a place to see and feel true community at St. Olaf. I love sitting there for hours chatting with friends and enjoying my meal!

Erik Lepisto
Student- ‘20
History and Social Studies Education

Erik is from Appleton, WI and is a senior History and Social Studies Education major. Throughout his time on campus, he has been involved in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. He has served as the President of Education Minnesota Aspiring Educators, the Weekly Events Coordinator for the Political Awareness Committee, and a TRIO Educational Talent Search Mentor. Aside from working in the Admissions Office, he works as a Peer Advisor in the Piper Center and as a tutor for the TRIO Upward Bound Program. He thinks that one of the best aspects of St. Olaf is the wealth of opportunities for students. For example, he has spent two summers conducting research with the St. Olaf Education Department and spent a month in Morocco learning about water scarcity. After graduation, Erik hopes to teach social studies and eventually go to graduate school for educational administration and policy. He loves working in the St. Olaf College Admissions Office because he can share his passion for St. Olaf with others!

Favorite Spot on the Hill: Tomson Hall – “I love Tomson because I have so many great memories within this building. I have taken some of my favorite classes in Tomson, and it is home to the Education Department, where I have built so many great connections with faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, all of my on-campus jobs have been located within this building. Tomson hall feels like home here at St. Olaf!”

Francisca Matono
Student- ‘20
Political Science, Management Studies

Francisca, a junior, is an international student from Portugal. Even though Portugal will always be home, she has also lived in India and Austria. At St Olaf, she is secretary of Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia Organization (ECCA), has served as a Peer Leader during orientation for new students, and she was part of the St. Olaf Boxing Club. Francisca studies Political Science and Management Studies and plans to work in a position related to international relations and human rights issues after graduation.

Favorite spot on the Hill: Old Main — “Its simple but classic architecture takes one back to the roots of the school, and its big windows and cozy rooms create a pleasant environment to study.”

Meredith Moore
Student- ‘20
Psychology with concentrations in Neuroscience and Women’s and Gender Studies

Meredith, a native of Worthington, Minnesota, is a senior Psychology major with concentrations in Neuroscience and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her primary extracurricular time has been filled with running, as Meredith is a four-year member and two-year co-captain of the St. Olaf Women’s Cross Country team. She is also a four-year distance runner with the St. Olaf Women’s Track & Field team. When she’s not busy running, Meredith has stayed active by participating in various Psychology department research projects, singing with the Collegiate Chorale, and volunteering as a TRIO mentor. Additionally, Meredith is an officer of the Blue Key National Honor Society and is on the Psi Chi Honor Society executive team.

A memorable part of Meredith’s St. Olaf experience was spending her sophomore year interim in India studying human development. Meredith has loved sharing her passion for the educational and extracurricular opportunities at St. Olaf as a student employee of the Admissions Office, and can’t wait to continue helping students with their college search process.

Favorite Spot on the Hill: Stav Dining Hall – It is the ideal place to converse over delicious food, catch up with old and new friends, enjoy a beautiful view of campus out of the huge windows, and devour meals with my teammates after tough workouts!

Gervonne NgoumbaGervonne Ngoumba
Student- ’20
Political Science and French

Originally from Chicago, Gervonne left the Windy City for the Hill. At St. Olaf, she holds the position of politicole editor for the Political Awareness Committee (PAC), and a pause dance officer for the After Dark Committee (ADC). She is also part of various other clubs and organizations on campus such as the Cultural Union for Black Expression (CUBE). Gervonne studies Political Science and French. She plans to go to graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy. She is excited at the opportunity to meet and be of service to prospective students and their families through the search and college application process.

Favorite spot on the Hill: Kittlesby’s downstairs lounge – “It’s is comfortable and big. There are plenty of big windows, which allows lots of sunlight in the space. I can run around during my study break because it’s so huge!”

Emily Rennhak
Student- ‘21
Social Studies Education, Sociology/ Anthropology

Emily, a junior, grew up in Crystal Lake Illinois. She is currently pursuing degrees in Social Studies Education as well as Sociology and Anthropology. At St. Olaf, some of Emily’s favorite experiences have included student teaching field experiences, an interim trip to Miami and Amsterdam that studied immigration, and participation in the American Conversations Program. Outside of the classroom, you can find her in rehearsal with the Ballroom Performance Team, working with the leadership teams for STO Talks and AE (Aspiring Educators), or laughing her way through an intramural sport. Emily is grateful to enter her third year of work in admissions, and is eager to meet the next class of Ole’s!

Favorite spot on the Hill: The Yellow Adirondack Chairs on the Quad. “Sitting in a yellow chair on a crisp fall day with a hot chai in my hand… now that is happiness!”

Jonah Schmitz
Student- ‘20
Music, Pre-Medicine

Jonah, originally hailing from Rogers, Minnesota, is entering his senior year on the Hill. He is preparing to graduate with a degree in music while simultaneously preparing for a career in medicine. Jonah has the honor of serving as the President of the St. Olaf Choir, which has taken him on tours of the American Southeast and Norway and will take him to Carnegie Hall this Winter. While on campus, he plays bassoon in the Philharmonia Orchestra, serves as the Student Hall Coordinator of Hoyme Hall, and conducts research in both the music and exercise science departments. Off-campus Jonah judges women’s gymnastics and holds a professional membership with USA Gymnastics. After graduating, Jonah plans to take a gap year to work as a medical assistant before attending medical school. Jonah is most excited to serve in the role of Admissions Fellow to help prospective students realize what is possible in the St. Olaf experience.

Favorite spot on the Hill: Holland Hall – “I love the mix of old and new. The outside of the building is a replica of a French monastery, while the inside feels like the pages of an Ikea catalog. It’s the perfect place to study or hang out!”

Michael Tiede
Student- ‘20
Religion, Management Studies

Michael is a native of Avon, Minnesota and is a senior at St. Olaf majoring in Religion with Management Studies Concentration. During his time at St. Olaf, Michael has been a part of the Varsity Baseball team, Intramural championship teams, and several music ensembles including Viking Chorus, Cantorei Choir, and currently the St. Olaf Choir for the past two years. With The St. Olaf Choir, Michael has been able to be a part of two major tours; The American Southwest his junior year, and an international tour to Norway this past June. This upcoming year, Michael will be traveling to the East Coast for his third major tour which includes stops at Carnegie Hall and Yale University. He has also traveled abroad to Greece over J-Term to study the “Sacred Places of Greece”. Michael has enjoyed working as a tour guide since his freshman year, and is excited to share his love for St. Olaf as a fellow!

Favorite spot on the Hill: Old Main- “Old Main is the original building of St. Olaf with beautiful architecture and scenery. It is one of the most peaceful places on campus, especially Old Main Hill in the summer and fall.”