Brendan C, MA candidate

Brendan C

MA candidate, Mentor

Brendan was raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a B.A. in Philosophy and is currently working towards his M.A. in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa University. He has worked in peer support with teens in a maximum-security mental health facility, adults fleeing domestic violence, and with harm reduction at music festivals. Through these experiences, he has witnessed the power of caring supportive relationships, contemplative practices, and honest self-examination. He finds life-affirming meaning in interpersonal connections and mutual growth. Brendan enjoys hiking, painting, dancing, playing the ukulele, and deep conversations.

What is your name? Brendan Caldwell

What is your nickname? Biggie Bee

Where did you grow up? Madison, WI

What was your favorite class in school (k-grad school)? English (or Philosophy)

Who was your favorite band growing up? System of a Down

Name your 3 favorite jobs you’ve had? MRI technician for a neuroimaging lab, co-founder of a kindness spreading nonprofit, program manager for a nonprofit that helps create community for international students in Madison.

What do you love doing more than anything else in the world? Dancing and/or making music with friends.

What’s your favorite food? Sushi!

Chocolate or vanilla? Text or phone call? Chocolate. Call me!

Your greatest accomplishment? Helping the people around me feel loved and valued.

What do you know now that you wish you knew then? Loving and being loved is my reason to be.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an anesthesiologist because I was told they make a lot of money.




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