Whether students are enrolled in high school or college, classes have begun, and College Possible AmeriCorps coaches around the United States are busy forming new relationships and learning about students’ academic goals. At College Possible Minnesota, we are lucky to welcome back nine returning coaches and we’re grateful they have chosen to dedicate another year to supporting students.
Last month, we featured returning coach Linda Yang, and are delighted to introduce you to another amazing returning coach Landry Forrest. College Possible Minnesota is excited to work with its newest group of coaches, and we’re full of gratitude for the work they do to advance educational equity.
Meet Landry Forrest, an on-campus college success coach at St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) in St. Paul. Landry graduated from Saint Olaf College in 2022 and grew up in Milwaukee, WI. Last year, she supported college students on-campus at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. This year, Landry is looking forward to getting to know the tight-knit community of St. Kate’s where she’ll learn about the great resources that the campus has to offer its students.
Why did you renew your AmeriCorps term of service as a College Possible coach?
I truly value the co-worker relationships I built last year, just as much as the relationships I built with the students I serve. It means a lot when you know that everyone you are working with is there for a similar reason, and that reason is that we love working with amazing students!
What things did you learn last year that you’re excited to bring with you into this year?
I learned that it’s okay and normal to not have an answer right away. Advocating for yourself, your needs, and your boundaries helps students. The best way to encourage students to work toward their goals is to model that for them yourself.
What’s your favorite memory from last year?
Participating as a volunteer for our Metro Visit Days event was so fun. During Metro Visit Days, students from all over the Twin Cities get together and tour metro-area colleges, and College Possible transports them there and home. They get to meet students from other schools, experience life on campus, and see how being involved with College Possible can benefit them, even past the application stage of their college journey.
(Did you know that instead of one Metro Visit Day this year, College Possible Minnesota will host TWO Metro Visit Days? More details to come!)
Do you have a favorite book, band, or TV show?
I love sitcoms like New Girl, Parks & Rec, and Modern Family, but I could spend days sitting on the couch watching any documentary.
What do you like to do when you aren’t supporting students at College Possible?
I’m a huge social butterfly and I love making plans with friends to decompress. I especially love it when that involves me cooking dinner for them.