Fall 2021 New Student Orientation — First-Year Students

College for Women students at opening celebration
Orientation Details

Orientation Schedule

We’re excited to welcome you at orientation as you begin your time at St. Kate’s! Over the three days, you will have the opportunity to connect with your TRW classmates and orientation leaders, learn about important University policies and procedures, become familiar with campus resources, and adjust to life as a Katie.

A full schedule will be mailed in early August with complete details about what to expect at orientation. This program will take place in person on our beautiful St. Paul campus and students should plan to be present on campus for all three days of orientation.

If you have questions about attending orientation, please email orientation@stkate.edu.

You will also have access to an online orientation, which is hosted in Brightspace D2L. To find the online orientation, look for the "Welcome to St. Kate's" course. 

Accessing the online orientation

Over the three days, you will have the opportunity to connect with your TRW classmates and Orientation Leaders, learn about important University policies and procedures, become familiar with campus resources, and adjust to life as a Katie. A full schedule will be mailed in early August with complete details about what to expect at orientation. 

Orientation Check-In

Orientation check in will take place on Sunday, September 5, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Coeur de Catherine (CdC) student center. All new students should make plans to check in for orientation in order to receive your orientation folder, schedule, and meet the orientation leaders.

If you are moving into the residence halls on Sunday, you will check in for orientation at the same time you check in for your residence hall. If you move into your residence hall before Sunday, please make sure to come by orientation check-in to get your materials.

New commuter students should plan to come to campus at 11 a.m. on Sunday to check in and attend the Commuter Information Session in the CdC.

Required Readings

During Orientation, you will meet with your The Reflective Woman instructor and class and begin a conversation that will be a foundation and springboard for your education at St. Kate’s. Please make sure to complete the required readings below prior to Orientation.

Benefits of Participating

Orientation is the best way to learn about the resources available to you as a St. Kate’s student and prepare to start your program. New students appreciate the opportunity to connect with University staff and faculty — it makes it easier to reach out when you need them.

Come prepared with your questions, as this is your chance to make sure you have all of the answers you need to start the semester off right. 

Meet Your Orientation Leaders

Name: Abigail Nachreiner 

Hometown: Lakeville, MN

High School: Lakeville South

Major/Minor: Public Policy and Women and International development 

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Student Event Ambassador, Building Coordinator

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus?

  •  Student Ambassador, Building Coordinator

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Dew Drop Bop

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • I met my friend Jane on campus and we became instant friends. We've really supported each other going through cool as we're both students with disabilities, and it's really nice to have someone in the same boat as me in my corner. 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My super power is academic writing. I'm really good at research papers and I also love doing them.

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • The lounge in Butler Center

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because it's fun to discover the secrets about campus as you're getting a chance to learn and explore. My favorite orientation memory is getting to know the girls in my TRW class. We had so much fun and laughed all the time. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • If you're living on campus bring a fan. It's good to cool down your room and it helps drown out noise. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Dopey from Snow White. I'm really clumsy, spacey, and always making other people laugh. 

Name: Allie Urness

Hometown: Oakdale, MN

High School:Tartan

Major/Minor: Exercise Science 

Year:  Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Scholarship Chair for Lambda Sigma Tau, Cru Bible Studies, NEXS, and RHA

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus?

  • Direct Care Professional at ACR Homes  

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Dew Drop Bop and Late Night Breakfast

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Lakshi Gunawardena has made a positive impact on my life because she is my roommate and is also one of my best friends. 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I have discovered my super power, which is to make the world a better place for everyone!

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • The Dew Drop area is my favorite place to hang out on campus because it is really beautiful and peaceful.

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love Orientation because it is the first St. Kate’s experience for first years, and gives them the opportunity to have a smooth transition to college and to make friends before classes start. My favorite memory from my Orientation was going to Highland for dinner because it gave us the opportunity to see what there is to do outside of campus! 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Dream, believe, achieve! Dream about an accomplishment and believe that you will achieve it! Also don’t be discouraged or upset if you don’t get the exam score you want after studying. Just be proud of the work you put in prior to the exam. College is not a place to be perfect! It is a place to learn and grow as a person! 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I relate to Ally Dawson from Austin and Ally because we both share the same name, and we both used to be shy before we branched out of our shells. She has inspired me to always believe in myself and to do anything! 

Name: Alyssa Solis

Hometown: Kenosha, WI

High School: Indian Trail High School & Academy 

Major/Minor: Sonography

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • NSFO Parties (member)

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • Information Center Assistant at the SCA

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • The candle lighting ceremony during orientation.

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • I met Nadia Hinman. Before coming to St. Kate's I lived in Wisconsin. None of my friends would be attending St. Kate's so I came here alone. I struggled with making friends during the pandemic, but Nadia came into my life and made it brighter again. 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I believe my superpower is empathy. I'm really understanding of others and try to place myself in their shoes at all times.

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • My favorite place to be on campus is by the Dew Drop Pond.

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • My favorite memory from orientation was seeing all of the fears and hopes from my fellow classmates be so similar. It made me feel less alone and less intimidated. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Make sure to get your homework done before the weekend. Additionally, join lots of clubs at the beginning of the semester and attend events to make new friends. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • A character I can relate to is Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. I've always been more of an outsider and tend to be dreamy, but I also love my friends and making new friends. Similar to Luna, I will also stand up for them and what is right. 

Name: Ashley Bracamontes

Hometown: Minneapolis

High School: Cristo Rey Jesuit Highschool 

Major/Minor: Spanish & Political Science

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • MIPS Peer Mentor, Spanish Club President, Latinx Student Association Social Media Coordinator, SCISO Liaison Officer

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • Lead at the Information Center & Spanish interpreter for SMAART Clinic

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • MIPS Fall Retreat & Opening Celebration!

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Justice Fisher, she was my OL when I was a first year. Thanks to her I was able to make so many connections. I started working at the information center, started hanging out at MIPS, got connected to club and was able to access resources I did not know about. I freaking love her, she is my role model and our friendship means so much to me.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I feel like I have 2 superpowers -- One is being able to start a conversation with anyone! The other power is sleep. I can sleep unbothered pretty much anywhere at any time :)

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's? 

  • Dew Drop Lounge or the Quad if it is nice out!  

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • It is a great place to meet people, I met some of my bestfriends there. I loved that our orientation group would continue to be our TRW class. My favorite part was going to explore highland park and getting Menchies!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Get connected in every place you can! Build up your support system because when you struggle they will pick you back up. Use the resources that are available and always ask for help -- People at St. Kate's want you to SUCCEED!

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Jane from Jane the Virgin or Moana -- They hold a big responsibility to their family while also trying to become the best versions of themselves.

Name: Ashley Torres Gurrola

Hometown: Maplewood

High School: North High School

Major/Minor: Nursing

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Asian Women Association- Co-chair & Treasurer, SCISO- Co-liaison, MIPS Peer Mentor, Graduates of Color- committee

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • Yes. I work at CVS Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. I work at Boutwells landing as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Dew drop bop is such a fun end of the year tradition. There are activities, food, and raffles. It is super fun to hangout with your friends and family. You can also volunteer. 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Kim Munoz is an amazing person. She has been a mentor for me throughout my years here at St. Kate's. When I was a junior in high school, I met Kim at St. Kate's First Step program. She was the coordinator and a mentor. She has been my mentor ever since.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I am not too sure how to answer this question. When I interpret this question, I think of my strengths. I think I am a good listener (at least what others have told me). 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • When I am with my friends, we like to hangout at the pulse or in the cafe. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • My favorite orientation moment is when my OL's Jenny and Peace and our group would sit down and eat dinner. We would talk about life, high school, etc. It is nice to look back and see how much time has passed. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Be open-minded. There are going to be so many new things coming your way. Be open-minded to take those things in. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. She is a caring person who go to extent for her friends, family and community. I try to do that as well. I go to the extent to the help those around me. 

Name: Audrey Mutanhaurwa

Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe but Saint Paul if USA

High School: St John's High School

Major/Minor: Economics with minors in Statistics and Finance

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in? 

  • Senate - President, SCISO - International Education Week and Peace Prayer Co-Ordinator, MIPS - Peer mentor

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • Development Office, Information center, tutor and research assistant

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Dew Drop Bop

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • All the people of color here at St Kate's. They have motivated me, supported, challenged and believed in me and helped me grow throughout my years here.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • Agility is my superpower

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • Mips and the Dew Drop lounge, the view is just amazing 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love Orientation because I enjoy meeting new people, making new friends and making an impact on those people. My favorite memory from my orientation were doing the activities I loved those.

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • "We are all here for them" Join Clubs and have so much fun also ask a lot of questions.

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Lt Judy hopes in Zootopia

Name: Claire Nichols

Hometown: Winona, MN

High School: Cotter High School

Major/Minor: Respiratory Therapy

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Track and Field, Katie Buddies, Respiratory Care Club, Ramsey County Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer. 

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • I work in University Events and Public Safety on campus! 

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • First year candle lighting ceremony in the chapel! 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • I met my best friend Kayla at my first year orientation! She has become my support system, a study buddy, and an amazing friend! 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • If I could have a superpower, it would be to speed read! 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • My favorite place to hang out on campus would have to be the Starbucks or the library!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because no one knows each other and there is so much to discover and learn about another person! You never know who could become your best friend!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • My advice would be to explore! Go out and explore campus or even the Highland neighborhood! Never stop exploring! 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

 

Name: Ellie Fall

Hometown: New Richmond, WI

High School: New Richmond High School

Major/Minor: Psychology Major, Theology and Philosophy Minors

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • I'm involved in the women's choir here, as well as the honors community!

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • Summer job at Threshing Table Farm in Star Prairie, WI

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • I love the purple and gold lights that decorate the trees for the feast of St. Catherine!

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Kate Nordstrom! She's one of the most loving and caring people I've ever met, and has given me the support I needed to adjust to college.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I think my super power is my ability to find a lot of meaning in my own life experiences and in others'...and my not-so-realistic superpower of choice would be something like having glowing/healing hair like Rapunzel's from Tangled. :D 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • My favorite place to hang out is dew drop pond! It's a lovely spot to hammock and picnic!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • Orientation is such a fabulous way to meet new people, and start off your college experience with positive energy!! My favorite memory from orientation was doing an activity together in person where we discussed our hopes and fears about college--this was very helpful to be real and open with one another!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Gently push yourself to join one or a few clubs that sound fun to you, and develop some good self-care habits (for example, exercising regularly with a workout buddy if that's your thing:))!

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I really relate to Anna from Frozen. We have similar energy, and she cares so much about taking care of and lifting up other people--especially her family!

Name:  Hannah Bladow

Hometown: Isanti

High School: Cambridge-Isanti High School

Major/Minor: Major: Psychology Minor: Philosophy

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • I am currently assisting conduct/write research with a psychology professor, and I hope to get my own research project started soon

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • I work off campus as a Nanny for a family in North Oaks

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • My favorite St. Kate's tradition is the University's dedication to loving one another and to social justice

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • I met professor Bill McDonough in the Fall of 2020 when I took his Christian Ethics course. Prof. McDonough, and his course had a wonderful impact on my life because he taught his course in a way in which was extremely inculsive. He also runs his classroom in a way in which every single one of his students is heard, known, and loved.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My super power is my ability to adapt to any new circumstance life throws at me

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • My favorite place to hang out at St. Kate's, when it's warm outside, is by the Dew Drop Pond. I love to bring a blanket and read a book or just watch the cute little ducks.

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because it's a student's first big chance to get a hands on feel for what the St. Kate's community is all about, and to find a connection to the wonderful people who happen to be here.

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Don't be afraid to try new things, or to talk to new people, and professors are there to help you so do not be afraid to talk to them! 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I can relate a lot to Jessica Day from New Girl because I have some quirky characteristics and I love giving a good pep talk

Name: Hannah Guiley

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

High School: Jesuit High School 

Major/Minor: Sonography

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Student Center and Activities Office Assistant,  Summer of Surprizes Coordinator, Library Student Assistant, Sonography program

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • On campus through SCA and the library 

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • I love Dew Drop Bop at the end of every year! It’s a fun way to celebrate the end of finals, spend time with friends, and enjoy food and games.  

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • My friend Rylie has had a huge impact on my life. We met our first year through roommate finder and we’ve been roommates ever since!

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My superpower is empathy! I put myself in other people’s shoes very easily and always try to see different perspectives

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's? 

  • . My favorite place to hang out is on the hill by Dew Drop pond. It’s the best place to hammock!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because it really brings you into the St. Kate’s community. You get to know your TRW group really well while enjoying different activities. My favorite memory was going to Noodles & Company with my orientation group and getting to know everyone. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?

  • Attend the Activities Fair in September! You’ll get an idea of all the different clubs and organizations you can join. It’s the best way to become more involved at St. Kate’s and meet new people. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I relate to Belle the most. I love to learn about the world through both reading and exploring. 

Name: Hannah Resendiz Olson

Hometown: Circle Pines, MN

High School: Centennial High School

Major/Minor: Women and International Development, Pre-Masters in Public Health, Minor: International Studies

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Latinx Student Association, Peace Corps Prep, Macalester Wind Symphony (Alto Sax)

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • On Campus: Info Center Assistant, Summer Scholars Research, Fall AMP Research Assistant

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • After orientation, all the students line up with their class and walk in 2's behind their class banner while all the professors in their regalia clap and cheer you on. You get to be with your whole community, see your professors, and feel a lot of pride to be a part of such a smart and supportive university.

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • My first year roommate Iza Ryan. We first started talking because of the class of 2023 Facebook group. Then we were paired up with the icon Zaynab Abdi at our April overnight. We were both planning to major in the Econ and Poli Sci department, so Zaynab acted as a mentor to us as well. That was when I decided to attend St. Kate's! Now Iza is my best friend and we signed a lease together for the 21-22 school year.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I think my super power is using my voice and my words to advocate for myself and others. I am no longer afraid to open myself up to criticism if it means doing what's right. We need to be the change, and being an activist in your community (no matter how big or small) is one of the most empowering things you can do.

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • Dew Drop Pond! Not only can you watch for turtles and see baby ducks, but it also has the view of the prettiest buildings on campus- Derham and Our Lady of Victory Chapel. You can hammock, walk to the English (?) Garden, and feed ducks!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation, because not only does it give you the opportunity to make friends from a variety of backgrounds, but it also prepares you for TRW and makes you more comfortable with your classmates! I was in an Honors section, and also lived on the Honors floor in St. Mary, so many of the people in my group also lived on my floor! Some of the people I met in my group are now my closest friends, and there is no way I could've built those bonds without orientation and TRW. Orientation really prepares you for what community and sisterhood looks and feels like at St. Kate's, which is my favorite part of attending here.

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Your orientation and college experience is what you make it. I would advise to come into St. Kate's with an open mind and participate! There are always events happening and you should just go. You never know who you might meet or how much fun you could have. Everyone else feels just as nervous as you do, but college is finally your time to grow into the person you've always wanted to be. So be yourself, and take in everything college has to offer!

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I would say I'm a lot like Mulan. I'm very loyal to my close loved ones and would always protect them. I am also a very strong and independent person that can fight for myself, and I'm not afraid to show a man who's boss.

Name: Isela Cereso Mendiola

Hometown: Bloomington

High School: Bloomington Kennedy High School

Major/Minor: Social Work / Nonprofit Strategies & Operations 

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Student Senate - Commuter Senator (2020) & Organizational Affairs Chair (2021), LSA - Public Relations (2020) & Vice President (2021), Spanish Club - Secretary, MIPS Peer Mentor, Social Work Student Leadership Team , Kappa Omicron Nu Honors Society 

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • AVID Tutor at Bloomington Kennedy High School

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • My favorite St Kate’s tradition is the opening ceremony. It is amazing to see the whole student community gather and unify at the start of the academic year! It is an unforgettable event!

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My superpower is staying crazy organized with a lot of color coding and nice handwriting. 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • I love hanging out at The Pulse with my friends while drinking Starbucks!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • As a commuter student, I expected Orientation to be completely different from what I experienced. My orientation leaders were amazing and allowed my experience to be similar to those of my peers living on campus! Overall, the understanding, kindness, and support that my group and my orientation leaders offered were very meaningful and I will never forget them!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • I would advise incoming students to be active and get involved on campus! It is a great way to make new friendships and gain opportunities that St Kate’s has to offer!

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Dora the Explorer because I am always looking forward to new adventures and experiences! Also, I was called Dora when I was little because I loved her and my haircut!

Name: Jasmine Ulven

Hometown: Maplewood, MN

High School: North High School

Major/Minor: Nursing

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Student Nurse's Association- Secretary and Public Relations Chair

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • Student Center and Activities Office as an Assistant. I also work at the VA hospital in Minneapolis as a Student Nurse Technician. 

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • I love the opening ceremony that we have on the first day of the new school year! The University gathers together for a big picnic on the Quad and they even have an ice cream truck come as well. It's such a great way for all of us to gather and celebrate the start of a wonderful year. 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • I met Olivia Jensen during my first year at St. Kate's when she was a junior. We met at a Colleges Against Cancer meeting. She was so friendly to me and even encouraged me to apply to be an Orientation Leader and work at the Student Center and Activities Office. Because of her, I was opened up to be more connected at St. Kate's and meet lots of new people. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be as involved as I am today. 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My super power is being amazing at Zelda and defeating ghosts in Luigi's mansion.  

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's? 

  • Dew Drop Pond is such an amazing place to relax, do homework, and even play with the duckies. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love helping people in general, but I love welcoming new faces to our beautiful University. I know college can be a scary time and I want to do my best to help the transition into college be an amazing one. My favorite memory from Orientation was the Patio Party where there was games and dancing and other fun activities! It was such a fun way to get to meet new people!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?

  • My advice is to talk to as many people as you can! Don't be afraid of meeting new people and asking anyone to hangout. College is about finding your people and you want to be as open to trying new things as much as possible. I wish I was more involved my first year, but eventually I found my way to connect more to people and the University.  

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I relate to Winnie the Pooh because we both love to eat and are both good friends.

Name: Kara Schleck

Hometown: Arden Hills, MN 

High School: Mounds view High School

Major/Minor: Psychology, Women's Studies minor

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • I'm one of the Senior Representatives on Student Senate, I'm the Public Relations Chair for Spanish Club, and I'm involved with SCISO and NAMI.

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • I work as a Building Coordinator at the Information Center!

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • I love the picnic with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet at the end of orientation! The sisters have lived such rich lives and have amazing stories to tell. They also have great food and prizes. It's all-around just a great time!

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Everyone at MIPS has been amazing! I have found all of my friends there and both the staff and students are so welcoming and fun!

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My superpower is that every cat I've ever met has liked me. Yes, even the ones that apparently hate people.

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • I really like sitting at the tables in the quad or the patio in Dew Drop. Our campus is so beautiful, I love being able to enjoy the outside while I study!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I really love all of the different people you get to meet! St. Kate's is so diverse and you have the opportunity to get to know people that are different from you. My favorite memory from Orientation was going to Panera and Menchies with my Orientation group! It was the first time we all really got to just hang out together and I met my best friend to this day! 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?

  • Transitioning into college is hard at any time, but this class has been dealt a bad hand of cards. It's okay to struggle and have a hard time, but ask for help! If you don't know where to go for help, start with your OL, we are here to help. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I think I'm a lot like Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender! He is really wise which I admire, but at the same time he has a great sense of humor and is always making jokes and pulling pranks. He also has his own values and morals and sticks to them at all times, but is also a bit chaotic. We also both LOVE tea, my dream would be to open a tea shop like him!

Name: Kazong Vue

Hometown: Forest Lake, MN 

High School: Forest Lake Area High School

Major/Minor: Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Critical Studies of Race & Ethnicity

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • I am involved in Student Senate (Senate Official), SCISO (Public Relations Co-Chair), and OAKS (participant).

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • I have a job on campus with SEEK as Team Development Coordinator!

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • I love everyone's annual pictures in front of the blue doors to celebrate the end of the year!

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Someone that I met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on my life is my MIPS Peer Mentor, Rahma Abufoor! She inspires me to give everything my all.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My superpower would be napping! I love sleeping and I have gotten so good at taking 5 minute naps between classes!!

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • My favorite place to hang out on campus is the Student Org. I love studying in Fontbonne too!!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because everyone is such high energy and there is such positive vibes where everyone is building new relationships and connections with one another.

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Some advice that I would give to incoming students is to push yourself a little out of your comfort zone and to put yourself out there in the first few weeks of college. Meeting new people in a new environment is a little scary, but it will definitely make you feel more comfortable and help you meet new people outside of your orientation group and classes.

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • If I had to describe myself in cartoon characters, I would say that I am a mixture of King Julian from Madagascar and Russel from Up! King Julian is vivacious and high energy, and Russel is very optimistic and excited for the future :)

Name:  Kim Nguyen 

Hometown: North St Paul 

High School: North High School 

Major/Minor: Nursing Major, Psychology Minor 

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • I am involved in SNA as the president! 

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • I work on-campus at the info center and off-campus at the U of M East Bank Hospital as a Nursing Assistant 

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • I love Dew Drop Bop, it's such a fun community get together that celebrates the academic year! 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • I admire Deb Miner because she has supported me as advisor (when I was in Senate) and also at the info center as well! She's just really positive and caring and always brightens my day 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I think my super power is empathy! 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's? 

  • I like to hangout in the Quad or down by Dew Drop! 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because it's just an exciting time to meet new people and get to know more about St.Kate's and all the traditions we have! My favorite memory would probably be taking the class of 2022 photo

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • My advice would to be open-minded and take advantage of everything St.Kate's has to offer you! 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I can relate to Piglet because we're both anxious but also really caring and love our friends

Name: Lakshi Gunawardena 

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

High School: Maple Grove Senior High School 

Major/Minor: Major: International Studies. Minors: French Economics

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Mock Trial 

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • On Campus- Digital Engagement Center

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • The candle ceremony at the end of Orientation and then Dew Drop Bop!

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Someone that has had a positive impact on me is my supervisor and friend Anna. She is endlessly positive and supportive and always reminds me of the bigger picture when I am stressed out and she has inspired me to reconnect with my faith as well as see the light in the darkness and I have truly learned so much about the world around me and my own self because of her.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I think binge watching tv shows is my superpower but I would say writing - I have written mass stories and papers in a mere day/ night. I also can stay up extremely late without feeling tired- the latest time I have ever gone to bed was 7 a.m.! 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • The study lounge in first floor Morrison as well as the library!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because it is the kick off to the school year and it definitely sets the tone- it is where everyone is seeing each other for the first time or reuniting after a long summer and there is just something about that energy that truly is unique- and my favorite part is hands down the candle ceremony- the speeches, the lights, the atmosphere- I don’t think I have ever experienced anything more magical!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Take advantage of the clubs around you and don’t be afraid to try new things no matter how scary it seems. I wish that I had joined mock trial earlier, for example and I would say the biggest advice I have is just to make sure you won’t have any regrets at the end of the day- it’s okay to go to things alone- what matters is that you follow your heart no matter what and everything else will truly fall into place. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Samantha LaRusso from Cobra Kai. I truly relate to her journey- in the beginning, she is trying to find herself and thus trying to align herself with the popular crowd and that is something I definitely did in high school but despite that it is clear she still has strong morals and is extremely against bullying and I am the same way and she never tries to judge anyone based on first glances, but rather what is inside your heart and she is not afraid at the end to stand up for what she believes in, even if it means going against her loved ones. I also relate to her trauma- we both have scars and anxiety and PTSD though for different reasons and seeing her overcome that was truly inspiring and touching and I also just love her sense of humor and optimism that even when she is not doing great she will be positive and caring to those around her and I am the same way, as well as she is loyal and protective. She also is incredibly smart and tough but she is vulnerable too- and it is really

Name: Lauren Trowbridge

Hometown: Madison, WI

High School: LaFollette High School

Major/Minor: Double Major it ASL Interpreting/English

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?

Choir, assistant editor of The Wheel. 

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

Journalist and Assistant Editor of The Wheel

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • I loved going to dinner with my choir ladies after rehearsal! It's always so fun to chat before retiring for the night. 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My superpower is sensitivity! I can read a room as soon as I walk into it, and I notice things about people that they don't even know! It makes me feel mysterious. ;) 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's? 

  • I love going to the steps of the chapel to watch sunsets! It faces directly west, so the view is incredible.  

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I remember the discussions we had with our group, and it made me realize just how much St Kate's is the right place for me. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • You will find your people! Also, everything you feel is normal and valid! College is a scary step, but you'll find your place. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Candace from Phineas and Ferb! I embody the narc older sister! 

Name: Lizzy Oleson

Hometown: East Bethel

High School: St. Francis High School

Major/Minor: Major: Sonography, minor: sociology and english

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • I'll be involved in the SEEK Team as the Special Events Coordinator starting this Fall 2021!

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • On campus, I work at America Reads as a tutor.

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Although we haven't been able to experience it in quite a while due to the pandemic, my favorite tradition is the therapy dogs and de-stressing events that happen during finals week.

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • I couldn't choose between them, but my friends Mari and Emma are great supporters in my life. We are even dorming together!

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I would love to be able to teleport so I wouldn't have to ever drive again, but realistically, my superpower is being able to cram for a test the night before and still managing to pass.

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • I love to settle nearby Dew Drop Pond and watch the ducks!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because of its welcoming and excitable atmosphere. My favorite memory was the teamwork my group performed in order to complete the activities. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Take a deep breath and enjoy yourself!

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Peppa the pig not only because of comedic purposes, but also because I can relate to her struggle of not being able to whistle.

Name: Louise Ba

Hometown: Minneapolis

High School: The Blake School

Major/Minor: Political Science, Economics and Public Policy 

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • SCISO Liaison Officer, Student Senate-Diversity Chair, MCDE-mentor

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • Peer Money Management-Money Mentor Office

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Pulse Unplugged 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • I really appreciate all of my professors. I can't list all of them because that would take up a ton of space, but every single professor I have met so far has become something of a family member to me. I feel so welcomed and so at home here!

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • Yes, my resilience! I've found that even in the toughest of situations I'm able to bounce back. 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • Honestly I love hanging out in the Honors' Lounge. It's super nice and cozy, and I'm always able to get the most work done!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because I'm able to truly feel like a part of a home! My favorite memory was getting my candle and my cute little plant! 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Don't worry!! Do. Not. Worry. You're stepping into a community of people who love and care about you more than you know. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I can really relate to Patrick Star because I have my Patrick Star moments!! In all seriousness, I feel like people think he isn't the brightest/doesn't have bright ideas, but I think that he's an amazing friend with a heart of gold. 

Name: Malodi Yangwaue

Hometown: Blaine, MN

High School: I went to Irondale High School for my freshman year before moving to Centennial High School for the last three years of high school. 

Major/Minor: I am majoring in Biology. My plan is to go to medical school, so I am following the pre-med route in my biology major. 

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • I am a part of Senate. I was a Commuter Senator for two years. In the Fall, I will be a Environmental Issues Co-Chair. I am also a part of a couple clubs like AWA and SHE Pab. 

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • I am a Commuter Advisor on campus. 

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • My favorite St. Kate's tradition is during orientation where all first years light a candle. I think this is a significant and symbolic moment that helped and encouraged me to stay strong during my first year. 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Someone I met at St. Kate's that had a positive impact is the previous Senate President Zaynab Abdi. When I first saw her giving her speech on the first day of school, she inspired me and gave me hope that one day I could also become a leader. Before St. Kate's I never believed I could do anything, but when I saw her, it gave me hope that maybe I could. When I met her in person she was so welcoming and always encouraged me to lead and influence. She helped me believe that as a person of color and as a woman, I can achieve and become a leader.  

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My super power would be flying. I would want to fly in feel like because it sounds so fun, but in another interpretation, flying as a super power would be being able to lead and influence.

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • My favorite place to hang out on campus is the dinning hall and anywhere outside of the buildings. The dinning hall is a great place to connect and St. Kate's campus is very beautiful. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because it's about connecting with other people and learning new resources. My favorite memory from my orientation was getting to know my TRW group and doing the fun activities. It was really fun to get to know new people. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • My advice to the incoming students would be to believe in yourself and be open to try new things. I never thought I was good enough for anything, but that mind set really limited me as a student and my experience at St. Kate's. I wish I believed more in myself earlier because I would have learned a lot more resources and important skills earlier on. Don't be afraid to try something new. You can do anything if you believe. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • A cartoon character I can relate to is Squidward from SpongeBob. Sometimes school gets really hard and I feel like I can relate to him. 

Name: Melody Her

Hometown: Little Canada, MN

High School: Community of Peace Academy

Major/Minor: Major: Political Science, ACTC Minor: Criminal Justice Studies

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Student Senate External Affairs Co-Chair 2021-22, Public Safety Ad Hoc Co-Chair, Senate: Diversity Committee member, Senate: Environmental Committee member, SCISO's Co-Public Relations Officer, SHE Pab: Voices of Hmong Women member

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • CWL Service-Learning Student Coordinator

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • This was a challenging question because when I was a freshman, many St. Kate's traditions were unavailable due to COVID *sad face* however, I really enjoyed our online orientation break out rooms because it helped me become comfortable with new faces and overall environment, plus, I had great OLs :)

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Morgan W. was my first friend I became very very close with throughout our time at St. Kate's. We both live in Ceacilian in the semester of Fall 2020 and always spent school nights watching movies together, getting lunch/dinner together, studying and enjoying each other's company. I LOVE Morgan because she is a great listener, a wonderful friend, SUPER funny, very open minded, kind and overall very very loving human being.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I don't know if this is a superpower but my mom and dad have always told me it was a gift. A hobby of mine is singing and with my singing, I have been able to move people to tears positively! I remember telling my parents that I never knew how to respond when someone came up to me after a performance and told me that my singing made them cry but my parents made sure I knew that it was gift to share.

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • I LOVE having picnics by the Due Drop Pond on a beautiful sunny day with alternative or RnB soul music, a comfy blanket to lay on, and some yummy food or fruit!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because it makes me feel so excited about starting new beginnings. Walking around to see the buildings, hearing which spots were their favorite spots to study in, what their favorite food from the cafeteria was... The orientation leaders were always the ones who stuck out to me because I was moved by their confidence, and energy for the university. My favorite memory of orientation was planting our orientation plant and watching it grow in just days :D

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Growing up, everyone was always lecturing me about college, the importance of self-advocacy and drive because "no-one is going to push you to do your work anymore." While advocacy is and motivation is important, and these statements stand true to an extent, I felt like it made us forget that we are human. With that being said, my advice to incoming students is grace and self-love. Without grace and love for ourselves, we fail to take care of that part of ourselves that allows us to share grace and love to those around us. Depression, constant fatigue, stress, anxiety, skipped meals... should not be sacrifices worth tolerating to achieve a grade on a paper.

Name: Pa Kou Lor

Hometown: Maplewood

High School: North St. Paul Highschool

Major/Minor: Business Administration

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Asian Women Association Treasurer, MIPS Peer Mentor, Peer Money Mentor for the Money Management Program, Residence Advisor for The Department of Residence Life, Business Attire Program Intern through the Community Leaders Program, First Year Representative for Student Senate, Graduate of Color Committee through MIPS, America Reads through Community Work and Learning

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • I have a job off campus in St. Paul

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Dew Drop Bop

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Zaynab Abdi

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My super power is finding enjoyment in all situations and hyping people up

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • Drew Drop Lounge or the Drew Drop Pond

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love meeting new people, all the activities, all the noise, and learning stuff about St. Kate's. My favorite memory from orientation is meeting my orientation leader and getting closer to them.

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Advice I would to students is to change your class schedule until your satisfied with it, get to know your adviser, break out of your shell and try new things, go to a lot of events, and have fun!

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • An anime character I can relate to is Luffy from One Piece. He is free spirited, follows his dreams, goes against the standards, helps people, surrounded by wonderful friends, and he is just Luffy. I feel like I am like that and I am just Pa Kou.

Name: Rahma Mohamed

Hometown: St. Paul

High School: STEP Academy

Major/Minor: Public Health- Health Sciences

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • MIPS, Information Center

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • I will be an ICA on campus this summer

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • My favorite St. Kate's tradition so far was the MIPS spring retreat. 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Juwayria Abdulkadir; She told me to find my place here at St. Kates and encouraged me to join as many clubs as I could to make connections on campus. 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My super power would have to be empathy. This comes in handy in many places, but especially in group settings. I am someone who loves to make everyone feel included no matter what.  

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • The 4th floor of CDC is my favorite hangout on campus. I've met multiple people on that quiet floor and have made many memories.

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I love orientation because it gives others opportunities to put themselves out there and meet others. My favorite memory of my orientation was making my TRW class laugh. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Join the cubs! Also, try your best to connect with staff and students on campus and build friendships. Get to meet the students in your TRW course.They might end up being your best friends for life!

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • I would have to say that I could relate to Calvin and Hobbes. I like to come up with good ideas in my imagination and somehow find a way to turn them into reality. 

Name: Sabana Wilson

Hometown: Minneapolis

High School: Roosevelt 

Major/Minor: Social work/ Native American Studies

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Latinx Association, SEEK TEAM, Lamda sigma tua,  Student Senate (Junior Representative from 2019-2020) (Diversity Representative 2020-2021) (SEEK Representative 2021-2022), Organizational Affairs  committee, Space Committees,  International club

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • WoodPark Montessori/Child Care  Savage infant teacher 

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Closing ceremony 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • No but mine would be talking to animals 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's? 

  • Dew Drop Lounge

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • Meeting new people I found my good friends at orientation

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Its ok to make mistakes be awkward be the odd one out it what makes you YOU. You are special and belong here.

 

Name: Sophia Erikson

Hometown: Woodbury

High School: Exercise and Sports Science with a Spanish minor

Major/Minor: East Ridge High School

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • Member of swim and dive team 

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • This upcoming fall, I will be working at the Butler Center!

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • The last nigh of orientation. As we were walking into the CDC from the chapel, we were greeted by fellow St Kate's students, staff, and faculty members. The atmosphere was amazing and I will never forget that feeling. 

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • Molly McMahon ('21) - She is a captain on my swim team. She is an extremely hard worker in and out of the pool. She does whatever it takes to make an impact on our campus and make sure everyone feels include it. What I like about her the most is that she will always have a smile on her face. 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My superpower would be brightening other people's day. When I walk into a room, I want to lighten up the atmosphere. I try my best to be a kind, easygoing, and approachable person. I consider myself as someone that other people can go to if they need advice, a shoulder to cry on, or just to make them laugh!

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • Favorite Place to hang out = The Pulse during finals week! They usually have live music and it is very relaxing to listen to. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I loved orientation because it was my first taste of being a Katie! There was a perfect balance of hand-holding and doing my own thing. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • The first year can be a scary time. It is definitely a brand new experience to all. One piece of advice that really helped me was to take everything one step at a time. It can be really easy to get caught up in the stress, so taking a step back and allowing yourself to breathe is very helpful. 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Mulan - I am fearless and I am not afraid to fight for what is right. 

Name: Stephanie Nguyen

Hometown: Blaine, MN 

High School: Blaine High School

Major/Minor: Biology Major and Longevity/Aging Minor (Pre-Health) Studies

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • I don't really or haven't been able to participate in activities...

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • I have a job off campus as a team member at a gym. 

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Well, I was a transfer student and I did transferred during the pandemic. So, we had a different tradition of seeing through a Zoom call!

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • I haven't really meet anyone, but shoutout to Vanessa! She noticed that I was in all our virtual classes and we became awesome friends and study buddies to each other! She has made me feel welcome when she didn't even know me and it really made me be grateful to be apart of this community! 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My superpower would being be able to teleport because I simply want to travel everywhere in the States and the World!!!

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • My favorite place is the Dew Drop Pond. Through my limited time on campus, I've always really like that place. It's so calm, beautiful, and refreshing! 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • My orientation was through a Zoom call...it was really nice that all the people were welcoming and interactive! 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Growth is very much individualized and comparison is never an accurate measurement of competence!  Be yourself, make a good amount of friends, be involved in class...and ask QUESTIONS to your professors--they are here to teach you and help you! Be resourceful on campus, explore opportunities and build relationships with professors and other instructors:))

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Mushu from Mulan! I'm very outgoing and energetic personality! I can also be funny at times!  

Name: Sydney Glampe

Hometown: Hudson, WI

High School: Hudson High School

Major/Minor: Public Health/Forensic Science

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • CRU Bible Study treasurer, Public Health Club member, Wednesday night zumba regular

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • CVS Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician and immunizer and the St. Paul Jewish Community Center as a lifeguard.

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Late night breakfast is a great way to hang out with friends and relieve stress before finals!

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • May Thao-Schuck in the Career Development office has always been there to help me and reach out around campus to get me information I may need.

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • I would love to be able to breathe underwater. I was a swimmer growing up and I can hold my breath for a while, but breathing underwater would be really cool! 

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's?  

  • Dew Drop Lounge with the views of the Minneapolis skyline, Fontbonne Hall 2nd floor, or hammocking by Dew Drop Pond are some of my favorite places to be on campus!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • Orientation is a great way to discover the campus and the people you'll be seeing around for the next 4 years. You have the opportunity to meet new friends and learn about some of the traditions at St. Kate's, plus your orientation leaders are familiar faces you can wave or say hi to when you might not know anyone else!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. So many people at St. Kate's are here to help you or provide you with resources to help you succeed, you just have to ask! 

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Amy Santiago from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She is organized, passionate, and knows how to have fun! We both get a bit over the top with our organization habits, but that's what we love to do.

Name: Yuan Casas

Hometown: Cebu (Philippines) and Saint Paul

High School: Community of Peace Academy

Major/Minor: Women and International Development

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?

  • 1. OAKS: Co-President, 2. SCISO: Vice-President, 3. MIPS: Peer Mentor

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 

  • Yes! I am one of the Sustainability Coordinator on campus and I also work at the Info Desk

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?

  • Drew Drop Fair

Name someone you met at St. Kate's that has had a positive impact on your life & why.

  • My friends, Kim Munoz and Amal Warsame have made a big and positive impact because they have provided comfort, support, laughs, and life lesson. 

Have you discovered your super power? If not, what would your super power be? (What is defined as a super power is up to your interpretation/imagination)

  • My super power would be teleportation because I don't drive (I may not drive ever 😬) and with teleportation I can go to any places at anytime. I want to not be able to pay for transportation

Favorite place to hang out on campus? Or the best kept secret about St. Kate's? 

  • Dew Drop Lounge Balcony, MIPS office, and Drew Drop Pond 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite memory from your Orientation?

  • I enjoyed getting to know my classmates and I enjoyed going out to eat at Ford Parkway

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about? 

  • My advice for the incoming students is to prioritize oneself and to love oneself

Name a character (cartoon or real) that you can relate to and why?

  • Hmmm, that's a good question. I really don't have one because I like living my own reality show. I am currently figuring out my own identity and my growth.