University of Minnesota

Meet Kai!

Kai Takatsuka

CAPE Coach

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

I am originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa (yes, there is actually a fort there!). I have lived all over, but I came to the U of M to study counseling as my graduate program.

Tell us about your schooling!

I majored in Sociology and Family Studies. My graduate degree is in Educational and Counseling Psychology.

What do you love most about CAPE?

The people! Staff and students alike.

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

I work with students to help them learn about themselves, the opportunities ahead of them, and decision making. I get to support students as they learn that life is a series of decisions, and that they have a great deal of input into these decisions.

What is your favorite part about being a full time coach?

Working with students. Each is so unique and insightful and they educate me about the value of vulnerability and courage. Plus, we laugh a lot together.

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

I am an animal-loving, twin, whose name means "Ocean" in the Hawaiian language. I also, randomly, once did a photoshoot for Target.

What job would you do for free?

Talk to people and bottle feed baby animals.

What is your favorite type of cereal, and why?

DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE! Frosted Flakes for after dinner, Cinnamon Toast Crunch for after pizza, and Cinnamon Chex when I deserve something delicious for no reason.

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

I have won Friendliest and Funniest, but I've always wanted to win tallest.


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