IMG_0653Live near Minneapolis or the western suburbs of the Twin Cities? Colin Peters is here to help you out!

Colin is a Regional Admissions Counselor based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. He works with incoming first-year students at various high schools, as well as transfer students from Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Inver Hills Community College, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College.

Colin graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He spent the next two years working for a first-year study abroad program, splitting his time between Boston, Massachusetts and Dublin, Ireland. Most recently, Colin completed an AmeriCorps term of service as a CollegePoint Coach with College Possible in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is excited to continue his work in higher education, specifically working with students in transition, both from high school and community colleges to UMD!

Colin lived in Australia for a year and took surf lessons! This picture was taken in the three-second window where he was standing. The lessons were fun, but he still doesn’t know how to surf.

Favorite thing about UMD?

“Can I say everything?!? UMD is a great school, in a fantastic location, with a phenomenal student body and incredible professors. I love the size and atmosphere of our campus and the way UMD is involved in the larger community of Duluth. There’s so much to like about UMD that it’s hard to pick a favorite thing!”

Favorite thing about working with transfer students?

“I really appreciate the range of experience and perspective that transfer students bring. Each student is so unique and no two transfer students are alike. It’s really exciting to work with students that want to come to UMD and hear about their individual academic experiences that lead them to where they are now.”

Colin loves dogs, like A LOT! This dog isn’t his, but it’s cute, right?

Favorite thing about Duluth?

“I really enjoy the Lakewalk, Canal Park, and exploring the shops and restaurants downtown. There are so many activities to do in and around Duluth, so perhaps it’s not very adventurous to stay so close to the city, but the views from the Lakewalk and the constant activity in Canal Park keep bringing me back!”

Favorite restaurant?

“At Sara’s Table for the best brunch in Duluth. They have a very large menu and everything on it is delicious! I recommend their veggie bowl or ‘hippy farm breakfast,’ but you really cannot go wrong at Sara’s Table. The stunning view of Lake Superior is just icing on the cake! Also — 7 West Taphouse for cheap eats and good tacos!”

It was 108° this day. Don’t let that smile fool you, it was hot and uncomfortable and there were flies everywhere!

What piece of advice would you give to transfer students to help make their process/experience better?

“Ask questions and use your resources! Definitely be in touch with your academic advisor and work with them as closely as possible. Transferring can be an intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be! IT’s very exciting to transfer to an institution like UMD. My best advice: ask questions, keep an open mind, come visit campus, talk to current students, and apply!”