BY TRACY BAUMANN
Three baccalaureate graduates reflect on life after college —
ASK St. Catherine's alumnae what drew them to the College and many will recall the first time they came to campus — how they felt at home or at peace, as though they belonged.
"As soon as I stepped onto campus, I felt like I was home," says Annie Ballantine '05. "I've always been really sensitive to surroundings, and this environment was so comforting. It still is to me."
When Kate Brantingham's father pushed her to make a list of the pros and cons of various schools she'd visited, she finally told him that a college either felt right or it didn't. "Other schools didn't feel like me. I didn't feel comfortable," says Brantingham, who graduated in 2001. "Here I felt very comfortable."
Angela Hall '97 fell in love with St. Kate's campus and enjoyed the students she met. "My mother loved the fact that there was a fence," she adds with a laugh.
Ask those same graduates about their education at the largest, most comprehensive college for women in the country and they likely will tell you about professors and staff members who supported and encouraged them, about courses that challenged them, and about how their education has influenced their lives and careers.
In fact, their description of the value of their education at a college for women is similar to what the Women's College Coalition discovered earlier this year in "What Matters in College After College," a research survey conducted by renowned higher education consultants Hardwick~Day.
The survey compared the responses of women's college alumnae with those of women graduates of public and private colleges and universities. The research identified four ways in which an education at a college for women more effectively prepares students by:
Recent St. Catherine's graduates Annie Ballantine, Kate Brantingham and Angela Hall are living examples of how "educating women to lead and influence" has made a difference, for them personally and for the world in which they aim to serve.