Sophia Strommen is a Student Success Coach in the Center for Advising and Academic Support. She is passionate about helping students overcome barriers to their academic and personal goals, and utilizes a holistic, student-centered approach to advising. As a first-generation college student herself, Sophia is committed to eliminating the opportunity gap in higher education. 

Sophia attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she studied Psychology and Music Performance. In addition to her education in the Twin Cities, she has spent a substantial amount of time studying and working in Vienna, Austria where she was able to further pursue her passion for playing the violin. During her time in Europe, Sophia developed an interest in international education, and is a strong advocate for affordable and accessible study abroad opportunities.

Prior to her arrival at St. Olaf College, Sophia served as a Writing Consultant at the University of St. Thomas where she also counseled first year students in the Academic Development Program. Furthermore, Sophia engaged in multiple student teaching and advising opportunities– both domestically and internationally.

Outside of her role as a Student Success Coach, Sophia enjoys playing the violin and cello, as well as downhill skiing, hiking, traveling, and writing.