In the summer of 2020, four Macalester students participated in a project interviewing Macalester alumni working in health-related professions.

While working remotely and using zoom as their primary form of communication, these students – Emelie Beattie ’21, Brian Zou ’22, Sam Hochberger ’21 and Katherine Podoll ’21 – completed these interviews as part of a larger project to make health professions advising resources more abundant and accessible for Macalester students.

This 3-part series captures key advice and reflections from these alumni. The full interviews are also available below.

How did Mac shape your path?

Advice to undecided students

Final advice and personal reflections


Full alumni interviews

Rich Albrecht ’01, PA-C, physician assistant

Jessica Beattie ’89, MA, LMFT, psychotherapist

Hayley Berra ’12, MSW, IMH-E, parent-child and program coordinator

Charlie Cosimini ’09, DVM, veterinarian

Janna Cuneo ’04, FNP-BC, AAHIVS, family nurse practitioner, HIV clinical specialist

Amy Hagstrom Miller ’89, Founder and CEO, Whole Woman’s Health

Xu Han ’10, MS, DDS, pediatric dentist

Emily Hawes-Van Pelt ’00, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist

Jen (Lee) Hundevad ’09, PT, DPT, OCS, physical therapist

Kristina Krohn ’05, MD, internal medicine and pediatric hospitalist

Chidyaonga Shalita ’17, medical student (M2)

Jess Vaughan ’12, BSN, DNP, CNM, certified nurse midwife