Fall 2020 New Student Orientation — First-Year Students

College for Women students at opening celebration
Orientation Details

This program will be a mix of in-person and virtual sessions. The in-person sessions will include check in and "Claiming Your St. Kate's Education" on Tuesday afternoon. The remainder of the sessions will be virtual.

Any student who is unable to attend in person should complete this form so the Orientation staff can ensure that you have everything you need to participate. Students will receive specific details about coming to campus for check in and "Claiming Your St. Kate's Education," as well as joining the live sessions in August.

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. 

Details are still being finalized for the timing of the program. Please hold these dates and make sure to check your email regularly for an update on Orientation. This page will also be updated once timing is finalized.

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.

Orientation Check-In

Details are still being finalized for the timing of orientation check in and the move in process for the residence halls. Please make sure to check your email regularly for an update from the Orientation team. This page will also be updated once timing is finalized.

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

Hometown: Swanville, MN

High School: Swanville Public High School

Major/Minor: Nursing

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?
I was a building representative for the Residence Hall Association

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Yes- I work at Pumphouse Creamery which is a little ice cream shop on Chicago Ave.

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
I’d say the opening ceremony because it’s a time that all of the campus is able to get together and celebrate yet another year. It was comforting as a first-year to be able to see everyone else who is in the same boat as me and know that we are all backed up by the faculty and staff. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I haven’t yet, but I’d love to be able to go into any kind of animal. That way I could fly, swim, slither, anything!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it's where you really form good friendships and get a feel for campus. My favorite memory was the candle lighting ceremony and the walk back to the ballroom with the lining of people clapping. It’s something I’ll forever remember. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite spot to hangout would definitely be Dew Drop. It gives you a natural calming while studying. However, I’d say the Pulse during the winter. 
What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
I wish I would’ve known that it’s okay to seek help when you’re not doing good in a class. I thought it would be humiliating to me, but I sought help from my academic advisor right away. It happens to more people- use your resources!
Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I’d have to go with Pam from The Office, I like to be a bit more reserved and get the work done while at work. However, I still love to laugh and have fun when the timing is right!

Hometown: St Paul, MN

High School: Harding Senior High School

Major/Minor: Pre-Nursing

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
I am a general member of the Asian Women Association (AWA) but as of 2020-21, I am the co-chair of the club and I am excited about this new role!

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
On-campus, I am a lifeguard as well as the front desk receptionist at the Butler Center. Off-campus, I am a lifeguard for the City of Saint Paul as well as a tutor in the homework center at Rondo Library.

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition is late-night breakfast during finals week. It’s a great way to start off finals by de-stressing before studying hard for exams!

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
A superpower I would want is teleportation because if I want to go somewhere, I wouldn’t have to wait and just be there when I want!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
Orientation is a great way to connect and meet with other students. I think that my favorite memory from orientation was the Orientation closing ceremony. I loved how we had our own candles to celebrate ourselves starting anew and moving onto bigger and great things in life. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite place to hang out on campus is definitely the dining hall (as weird as it sounds). It’s a place where I can hang out with friends, be loud, and study!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
If you’re interested in something- club, sport, and anything else that is happening on campus- find information about it, gather some friends, and go!

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
Karen Smith from Mean Girls, although I am not a mean girl I relate to her because I am an airhead. I blank out from time-to-time and I’m kind of slow sometimes!

Hometown: St Paul, MN

High School: Cretin-Derham High School

Major/Minor: Deciding

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?
Telefund Caller, Resident Senator on Student Senate, MIPS, Philanthropy Club member, and Latinx Student Association member

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Telefund Caller on Telefund

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
The patio party!

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I would say that my superpower is resilience. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
My favorite memory from orientation is that I met some of the best people in my group and we have stayed friends since. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
The MIPS office is my favorite, and otherwise, I love getting my work done in the little booths inside the Pulse. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
It may be nerve-racking to branch out and talk to people but it is super important to get adjusted to a new school. I came in with no friends with my high school and it helped a lot to talk to every person I met!

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I feel like I relate to Spongebob in the way that he always likes to be helpful and is understanding. 

Hometown: Oakdale, MN

High School: Tartan

Major/Minor: Exercise Science

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Scholarship Chair for Lambda Sigma Tau

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Usher at the O’Shaughnessy

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Dew Drop Bop and the Late Night Breakfast

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
My super power would be reaching for more than one moon and landing on all of them. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it gives first-year students the opportunity to meet new friends and get acclimated to campus life before they start classes. My favorite memory from my orientation was going to Highland for dinner with my orientation group, and overall just bonding with them. It made us a lot closer and bond even more in TRW throughout our first semester at St Kate’s. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite places to hang out on campus are definitely the pond and the library basement. The pond is a nice place to go on a nice day and for some much-needed peace and quiet. The library basement is a great place to study. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
Just know that you are not alone and that everything will be okay. Get involved with clubs on campus and ask questions. Also, pro tip: if you find yourself really struggling to meet friends and find people a few weeks into the school year, join Lambda Sigma Tau! I wish I would’ve had realistic expectations, not unrealistic. Not everything will go as planned and that’s absolutely okay because college is a learning experience!

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I relate to Gabriella from High School Musical because she is very smart, positive, and works hard to get what she wants, and that’s how I describe myself. 

Hometown: Montgomery, MN

High School: Tri-City United

Major/Minor: Public Health, Pre-Occupational Therapy

Year: Junior 

What campus activities are you involved in?
Swing Dance Club

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Admissions and Info Center

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition would be getting together with my friends during the Monday of finals week to play board games and hit up the late-night breakfast. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
My superpower would have to be changing a negative situation to a positive one. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it is the start of a new chapter in an individual's life. My favorite memory would have to be the candlelight ceremony. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite place to hang out on campus would have to be Dew Drop Pond. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
My advice I would give to incoming students would be to put yourself out there and find your true self. College is a great opportunity to be the person you have always wanted to become. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec because she is always optimistic and wanting to help people!

Hometown: Saint Francis, MN

High School: Insight School of Minnesota

Major/Minor: Double major in psychology and philosophy

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Lambda Sigma Tau (Educator), Residence Hall Association (National Communications Coordinator)

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
I work in the information center as a building coordinator and information assistant. I also work in the Student Center and Activities office as an office assistant. 

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Dew Drop Bop

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I wish I had a superpower! If I could choose a superpower, it would have to be having a photographic/eidetic memory. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because you get to meet new people who will attend St Kate’s and introduce them to this great campus and people here. My favorite memory from orientation is meeting new friends in my orientation group and still being great friends to this day! 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
The Pulse and the downstairs library area. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
I would say to be open to more options in classes and join as many student organizations so you can explore and be a part of this campus. I wish I would have known about more resources on campus as we need all that we can get!

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I would relate to Mulan, as she fights for what she wants and empowers women to challenge the norms of double standards. 

Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe

High School: St Lukes

Major/Minor: Economics and Finance with a minor in statistics

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?
Senate Chair, Lead team, Information center Assistant, SCISO (International Education Week Chair)

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Information Center and Development

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Events that happen through the semester, especially Dew Drop Bop

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
My superpower is “Everything”

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it is welcoming. Many students enrolling and coming to campus as new students will have a sense of welcoming provided on orientation. That's why I appreciate Orientation. My favorite memory is playing games in the Butler center where the lead team facilitated the games. It was fun.

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
MIPS Office

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
I would say utilize the people on campus you meet like advisors, professors, and mentors. They are the resources you need and also know that there are always people you can talk to when it gets hard. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
Elena in Vampire Diaries because she is caring, empathic, and I believe I am too. 

Hometown: Oshkosh, WI

High School: Oshkosh West High School

Major/Minor: Accounting with minor in English

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Women’s Choir and Femme Vocale

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Butler Center - Front Desk Receptionist, Lifeguard; Patina Highland Park

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Orientation Closing Ceremony

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I can fall asleep anywhere. Cdc 3rd floor? Check. Pulse Lounge? More than once. JDA? Once, but never again.

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love the eager eyes of new students and their excitement for free food. I loved getting to know my TRW class before the class began, it was nice to see familiar faces on the first day of classes.

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
Dew Drop Lounge; the sunsets to see are phenomenal.

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
Always reach out to your professors, the relationships that you build with them and your fellow students will provide you with endless opportunities in the St. Kate's community. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
Sometimes I feel like Alice, falling down the rabbit hole but other times I feel like the White Rabbit, leading young girls around and telling them that we're running late!

Hometown: Winona, MN

High School: Cotter High School

Major/Minor: Respiratory Care

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?
I am in the track team, and next semester I plan to be involved in Katie Buddies and the Respiratory Care Club

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
I currently work as a University Events Office Assistant and I also help out with the Set Up Crew and as Event Tech

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition is when the first-year students are officially inducted as first-year students on the last night of orientation. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
If I could have a super-power, it would be to cook just like a professional. I love to cook, but sometimes it doesn’t turn out how I’d like. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I loved orientation when I was a first-year student because I was able to connect with people more closely in a safe and supported environment and I also had two of the best orientation leaders! My favorite memory from orientation is meeting my now best friend! We are always there for each other and act like we’ve known each other forever!

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret about St Kate’s?
My favorite place to hangout is for sure the library! A secret that I have the first-hand experience is the ghost on the second floor of St Mary’s Hall. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
The advice I would give to incoming students would be prepared to go outside of your comfort zone and participate as much as possible. I wish I would not have been as reserved as I was, because it took me longer to talk to people who are now some of my best friends. Really get to know the people in your orientation group, they are great. I guarantee it! 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I can relate to the character Leslie Knope on the TV show Parks and Recreation because just like her, I love getting to know people and I am passionate about everything I do!

Hometown: St Anthony, MN

High School: St Anthony Village High School

Major/Minor: Nursing

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Muslim Student Association, Nurses of Color, and Student Nurses Association

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
I work at the library on campus and at a hospital off-campus

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Dew Drop Bop

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
Positivity!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it’s an opportunity to meet new people and make lifelong friends. My favorite memory would have to be the closing ceremony. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
MIPS or Center for Women

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
It’s okay to be afraid and have doubts. You will find your path and you will grow so much throughout your time in college. There are so many people standing behind you and supporting you. I wish I knew what resources were available to me and how helpful they really are. Utilize those resources and take advantage of them. 
 

Hometown: St Paul, MN

High School: Como park

Major/Minor: Public Health 

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?
St Kate’s swim and dive team for 3 years and public health club

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
St Kate’s info center and St Kate’s pool lifeguard

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition is Dew Drop Bop. All students and faculty come out to celebrate the end of another year and just get to have a good time, with good food and good people.

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
My superpower is being able to eat an entire pizza from the Pulse cafe on campus without fail.

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
Orientation brings people together and that’s really why I love it. My favorite memory from Orientation is when I was a first-year, hearing the spoken word written for St Kate’s orientation. It gives a first glimpse at what you might expect to find at St Kate’s and the important issues we talk about in our core classes. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite place to hang out on campus is definitely by Dew Drop Pond when it is nice out. It is so pretty and it’s just very peaceful. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
My advice is that college is about exploring who you are and learning about things you are passionate about. That being said, don’t be afraid to change paths along the way. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I think someone I really relate to is Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. Arya is brave in the face of change and will do anything for her family and friends.

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

High School: Jesuit High School

Major/Minor: Sonography

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
I am the co-president of the social dance club, I work as a dining intern for Sodexo, and am a part of Cru. I also love attending yoga and Zumba classes in the Butler Center. 

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
SCA office assistance and dining service intern with Sodexo

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
I love the Dew Drop Bop at the end of the year. It’s a way for all of us to celebrate and have fun before leaving for the summer. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I would love to be able to read minds. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it’s an opportunity to learn what St Kate’s is about in addition to meeting new people. My favorite memory was going to Noodles and Co with my orientation group. I loved getting to know everyone. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
The Dew Drop pond area is beautiful, especially in the early fall/late spring. My friends and I love to go hammocking on the hill. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
I would say definitely go to the activities fair. This helps you find clubs that you may be interested in. Get involved so that you feel more at home!

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I can relate to Belle because I love to read and learn about the world. 

Hometown: South St Paul, MN

High School: STEP Academy

Major/Minor: Nursing

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?
MIPS, MSA, NOC, and SNA

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
On-campus, I work at the Information Center as an Information Center Assistant and Building Coordinator. Off-campus, I work as a Direct Support Professional

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Dew Drop Bop

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I think my superpower would be to understand others. I often get told that I have a calming and understanding personality when others are in need of help. This is one of my favorite compliments others give me. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love all the new people you get to meet! My favorite memory from my orientation is the different activities I got to do and see everything the school has to offer. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
MIPS is my favorite place to hang out on campus. Everyone there is so welcoming and nice.

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
I know it's nerve-racking becoming a new student but everyone here is so kind and sweet. There is never a “dumb” question so do not hesitate to ask!

Hometown: Bloomington, MN

High School: Bloomington Kennedy High School

Major/Minor: Social work with a minor in Social Services Management

Year: Sophomore

What campus activities are you involved in?
Latina Student Association, Commuter Senator on Student Senate and Philanthropy Club

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
St Kate’s Library

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!

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
My superpower is staying crazy organized with a lot of color coding and nice handwriting. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
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!

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
I love hanging out at The Pulse with my friends while drinking Starbucks!
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 (real or cartoon) that you 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!

Hometown: Maplewood, MN

High School: North High School

Major/Minor: Nursing

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Student Center and Activities Assistant and a returning First- Year OL

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Both! Off-campus I work at Nursing Home as a CNA and I also work at the VA Minneapolis Hospital as a Student Nurse Technician. 

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
I love the first day of school celebration that we have each year! We come together as a school to celebrate the new school year with a picnic. And the best part is the free ice cream!

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I’ve been told I have a good eye. I’m always the first to notice things and I’m a photographer so I find all the best angles!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I felt more welcomed and comfortable at St Kate’s after going through my own Orientation and I want to make the new students feel like that too. My favorite memory is when we had dinner with the Sisters of St Joseph and I ended up winning a St Kate’s blanket. As an orientation leader from last year, I had such a fun time leading a group and helping them adjust to life at St. Kate’s. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
Dew Drop Pond is my favorite place on campus! You can go there to do homework, hang out with friends, or even a place to just think!

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 and get outside your comfort zone. When I first started school, I thought I would have all these new friends right away, but honestly, it can take time to be friends with different people and that’s ok. I didn’t become close to people until months into the year. I guarantee that by the end of the year, you will find friends who mean the world to you. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
Winnie the Pooh because I’m a good friend and I like to eat!

Hometown: Blaine, MN

High School: Irondale High School

Major/Minor: Political Science

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Student Senate President

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
On-campus: Summer of surprises and off-campus at Capitol Pathways (Greater Twin Cities United Way/Policy Intern)

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition is the opening ceremony at the beginning of the year and the Dew Drop Bop at the end of the academic year. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I would say my superpower is being positive. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it is the best time to meet other students and leaders on campus. I had so much fun at orientation because not only do you get time to meet other students but you also do fun activities. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite place on campus is the library and the MIPS office
What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
My advice for incoming students is to be open to meet new people, go to events on campus, and try something new. This is the best way to have fun and make new friends!

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
The character I relate to is Mabel from Gravity Falls because she is always positive and has a great sense of humor!:)

Hometown: Arden Hills, MN

High School: Mounds View High School

Major/Minor: Women’s studies with an Economics minor

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Public relations chair for Spanish club

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
I’m the Twin Cities Coordinator for SEEK

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite tradition is Late Night Breakfast! There’s nothing like procrastinating your finals assignments with your best friends. Also, breakfast food is the best food. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I’m a plant whisperer. Like Disney Princess level ability to keep plants alive. Ask me for plant advice!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because there’s a special energy on campus. Everyone is excited for the school year and ready to jump in head-first! My favorite memory is walking into Highland for dinner at Panera. We also stopped at Target and Menchies!

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
I love the pulse, the energy is perfect for studying. Grab a drink and sit in one of the booths by the wall. Also, if you bring your own cup you get a discount on your drink!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
It’s okay if you don’t make friends at first. It’s a weird time of transition and I promise everyone feels the same way. I didn’t really start connecting with people until the end of my first semester. Also, ask your OLs questions!

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
Leslie Knope! But with healthier boundaries. I relate to how much she cares for her friends. I also love how she has a strong moral code and stands up for what is right. I also just love waffles!

Hometown: Pine City, MN

High School: Pine City High School

Major/Minor: Communication Studies with a minor in coaching

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Communications club, intramural volleyball, and I help out the Tennis team when they need me.

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
On-campus, I work for UES set up crew as a Lead, Seek Special Event Coordinator and Gameworker

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition is probably either the fun show we put in for Orientation week and Dew Drop Bop!!

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
If I had a superpower, my superpower would be the ability to tell if someone was having a rough time and immediately knowing what to do to help them!!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it is a great way to show new students the St Kate’s community and atmosphere and how it is a home away from home! My favorite memory from my orientation was our night to explore highland. It started down pouring so we all ran back to St Mary’s and ordered our own food and hung out in the basement talking, doing crafts, and watching a movie. It was super fun and was a great way to get to know my other orientation group members and other orientation groups!!

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite place to hang out on campus when it is nice out is by Dew Drop pond in my hammock, but if the snow is on the ground, I like hanging out on the 3rd floor of the CDC or in my dorm room. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
My advice for an incoming student would be to ask for help whenever you need it, even if you are a bit hesitant or scared. Everyone at St Kate’s wants to see you succeed so if you have a question on an assignment or about financial aid, just ask and they will be more than happy to help you figure it out. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
A character I can relate to is Dory from Finding Dory. I relate to Dory because even though Dory is super forgetful and isn’t very confident in her memory skills, she still makes her way back to her parents and helps her friends. I have some disabilities that make remembering things hard for me as well as focusing on stuff but I don’t let that stop me from accomplishing my goals!

Hometown: Braham, MN

High School: Braham Area High School

Major/Minor: Applied Science in Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Sorority Lambda Sigma Tau, Kappa Omicron Nu, Nutrition and Exercise Science Club, Katie Buddies

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Yes, St Kate’s Dining Hall

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition is Dew Drop Bop. It is an end of the year celebration for students and alumni of St Kate’s. There are food trucks, rides, games, prizes, and lots of opportunities to have fun. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I would say my superpower is being kind to anyone and everyone I meet. You never know what is going on in someone’s life; a simple smile or “hello” could go a long way. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it serves as a great transition for starting the college experience. Orientation is an excellent opportunity to make friends, see the campus, learn about resources on and off-campus, and ask questions about St. Kate’s. I met one of my best friends during my first-year orientation, and we are currently roommates. I was also able to learn about the mission and values of St Kate’s. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite place to hang out on campus is by the dining tables in the CDC. It makes me feel so alive. People go there to eat, hang out with friends, study, attend a SEEK event, and more. Whenever passing this area, I see many of my friends. I find it to be a nice place to get a break from the classroom and catch up with others. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
My advice to incoming students is not to be afraid to put yourself out there. At first, college may seem very frightening, but it is important to remember that everyone is new at it. Go to orientation, talk to new people, ask questions, try something new, and be yourself. During the first month of school, there is an activity fair that I would recommend going to. It is a great way to meet new people and become involved on-campus. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I relate to Julia Braverman from the TV show, Parenthood. She is very responsible, competitive, powerful, and smart. She faces many challenges as she juggles her family and work life. 

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN

High School: Maple Grove Senior High 

Major/Minor: International Studies with minors in economics and french

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Lambda Sigma Taus (educator chair) and MIPS

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Telefund on campus

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
The candle ceremony at orientation and Dew Drop Bop. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
My superpower would be that I am highly intuitive so I am really aligned with other’s emotions so I can instantly feel when there is something off about someone or if they are happy, etc. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it is a nice period in time between move in and classes to really connect with my peers and the incoming freshmen and orientation to me also are the first true insight students receive into what life will be like for them during their time and watching how they slowly realize that they are finally in college and the autonomy that comes with that is truly exciting. My favorite memory would be the candle ceremony and the clapping ceremony because it was the first time that I had ever felt truly welcome in a school setting and at that moment, I knew I was where I was meant to be. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite place to hang out on campus is the Rauenhorst-Morrison lounge by the fireplace. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
I wish I would have used the career development center a lot more during my freshman year. They are an incredible resource and the people that work there are phenomenal so I would say students should definitely stop by as much as possible as well as use the library and visit the archives! I would say then to really make use of the resources that St Kate’s has to offer from the gym to the counseling centers because they truly are highly beneficial. With this pandemic, I realized how much I took them for granted and that the resources such as Handshake are truly unique and abundant and should be made use of. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I relate to Jess Mariano from Gilmore Girls because he overcame multiple obstacles in his life including his own self-perception of himself and his capabilities and made something of himself in the end and became a person that was highly respected. He was loved as well as he openly loved and embraced life contrary to before where he had a very James Dean sort of reckless and impulsive attitude. In the end, he became someone very stable and reliable and content. I think the message his character sent is that it is never too late to redeem yourself and that you can achieve any heights you aspire to resonated with me profoundly. Also, his sense of humor is very similar to me.

Hometown: Menomonie, WI

High School: Menomonie Senior High School

Major/Minor: Nursing

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Residence Hall Association

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Admissions ambassador, first-year OL, desk receptionist in the residence halls, and a certified nursing assistant in a nursing home back home

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
I think my favorite St Kate’s tradition would be Dew Drop Bop. It is so fun to celebrate the end of the school year with everyone. All the activities, food and prizes are great!

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I have not discovered my superpower but if I could choose any superpower,  it would be to have a photographic memory!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because we are welcoming the first years to such a wonderful campus, and making sure that they are aware of every resource possible. My favorite memory from Orientation was meeting all of my new classmates. Two of my current roommates and a lot of my close friends were actually in my orientation group!!

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
In a hammock down by Dew Drop! It is such a gorgeous view whichever way you are facing. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
Get involved! There are so many opportunities on campus to get involved and meet new people. Also, try and get out of your comfort zone and reach out to as many people as possible. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I would say that I relate to the character, Joy, from Inside Out. Joy is the yellow emotion and my favorite color is yellow! She is always happy and full of energy and I am typically full of energy (once I get coffee in my system) and happy. The last reason why I relate to Joy is that my middle name is actually Joy!

Hometown: Forest Lake, MN

High School: Forest Lake High School

Major/Minor: Sonography

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
On-campus jobs: Usher at the O’Shaughnessy, Information Center Assistant, Building Coordinator, and Orientation Leader

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
On-campus as an Usher at the O’Shaughnessy, Information Center Assistant, Building Coordinator, and Orientation Leader. Off-campus I work at the Lino Lakes YMCA.

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Dew Drop Bop

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
If I had a superpower, it would be the ability to remember people’s birthdays.

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it made me feel so much more comfortable with the school and I was able to meet people who are now some of my closest friends. My favorite memory of Orientation was walking to a restaurant with my group.

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
Dew Drop Pond

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
My advice to incoming students is to never stop meeting new people. One of the best parts about college is making new friends and there are so many awesome people on campus to get to know.

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
Rapunzel from Tangled. I relate to her because she loves to explore and is constantly trying to feel free. The song “When Will My Life Begin” spoke to me too. 

Hometown: Hutchinson, MN

High School: Hutchinson High School

Major/Minor: Communication studies and English with a minor in psychology

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Women’s choir, Antonian honors program, The Wheel, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, 2018 O’Shaughnessy Scholar 

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
O’Shaughnessy Theatre (usher), Career Development Center (student worker), and The Wheel (multimedia journalist)

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition is Dew Drop Bop! Being a Katie has its perks- prize drawings, games, and free food! I love to celebrate the end of the academic year with my best friends!

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
My superpower is empathy. I always feel for other people, especially when they are going through tough times, and I always do everything that I can to make it a little bit easier for them. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because it is a wonderful place to make strong connections with peers right off the bat. My favorite memory from orientation was the closing ceremony. This is where I really felt right at home at St Kate’s. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
I think my favorite place to hang out or study is the Dew Drop Lounge. I am very excited that they added a little cafe area to it as well!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
I think that it is important to remember to find the balance between trying to do everything at once and not getting connected at all. Go to the activities fair and just look out for one or two clubs that you might want to join, but don’t overwhelm yourself with activities. Plus, join the choir! It is my favorite class/club at St Kate’s. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I relate to Belle from Beauty and the Beast because I love reading, singing, and dancing. Plus, I need to remind myself sometimes that it is okay to be different because beauty is really found inside a person. 

Hometown: Saudi Arabia

High School: International student

Major/Minor: Respiratory Care

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
SCISSOR president, ASU president, MSA Treasurer, Senate Administrative Affairs, and MIPS Peer Mentor Program

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Respiratory Care lab assistant

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
International night

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I think my superpower, for now, will be the ability to encourage others. 

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I always enjoy meeting new students.

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
My favorite place to hang out on campus is in the MIPS Office.

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
Do not overthink it and enjoy your first year. Be involved and make friends.

Hometown: Louisville, KY

High School: Helena High School

Major/Minor: Art History with a minor in Studio Art

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?
SEEK Team (Team Development) and PRIDE (PR Chair)

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Yes, SEEK Team

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Taking photos with the class flags at the start of each year as well as seeing all the different nation’s flags on the grass! I think it is a great reminder of the diversity on our campus. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I can draw a perfect circle! (which I think is pretty super!)

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I think it’s a great way to get to know campus and to meet people who are in the same boat. I really enjoyed getting to know my orientation leaders and knowing that I had that relationship to start out my college career. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
I love the new Dew Drop Lounge. It has a beautiful view of the West Side of campus and is a great place to study or hang out with friends. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
Definitely take advantage of the free events and programs that are held on and off-campus! It can be a great way to get to know people as well as being an opportunity to explore the Twin Cities if you don’t live nearby. I didn’t get off campus much my first year and I really wish that I had gotten out to explore the area more at that time. 

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I relate to Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender. I can definitely be stubborn and sarcastic at times, but I’m very loyal to my close friends and always try to cheer people up and lighten the mood when I can. 

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

High School: Roosevelt High School

Major/Minor: Social work with a minor in Native American Studies

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Latinx Association (public relations), Senate (class rep), Social work Club (Vice President), and SEEK

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
On-campus: student ambassador
Off-campus: MN children museum and College Nannies/tutors

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition is the opening ceremony because it is the start of the new school year and we are welcomed back by staff and faculty. 

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
My superpower is compassion to others

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
Meeting new people and making connections. Also, the last day of orientation because we have surprises for incoming students. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
Dew Drop Lounge

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
Be yourself. I know you will be nervous, excited, etc, but be yourself and that’s how you meet new people

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
Scooby-Doo because he loves to eat just like me. He is a great friend and funny just like me too. 

Hometown: Princeton, MN

High School: Princeton High School

Major/Minor: Accounting with a minor in Marketing

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?
LST, Sales team, SCA, Info Desk and Accounting tutor

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Yes, Front desks

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Dew Drop Bop

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
I wish I could teleport!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
Getting connected to others and St Kate’s. My favorite part is the sister’s picnic!

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
Hammocking by Dew Drop!

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially OL’s. That’s what they are there for!

Hometown: Hudson, WI

High School: Hudson High School

Major/Minor: Public Health with a minor in Forensic science through ACTC

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
CRU bible study leader, public health club member

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
Lifeguard at the St Paul Jewish Community Center and Pharmacy Technician with CVS

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
My favorite St Kate’s tradition is Popcorn Fridays! It is such a nice break in the day but also a great reward for finishing the week!

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
If being the “mom” friend is a superpower, that’s mine! I love taking care of my friends and being there whenever they need me!

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love getting to know people and being able to say hi to a familiar face once classes started. My orientation leaders were amazing, and never hesitated to help me out!

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
I love hammocking down by Dew Drop and studying on the 2nd floor of Fontbonne with the big windows and tall ceilings. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
If you need help, just ask. There are so many resources on campus (that you are paying for) and people are always willing to help, so just ask! Everyone needs help at some point!

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
Amy Santiago from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I’m super crazy about organizing, a little nerdy, but hardworking. And I know how to have fun and let loose every once in a while. 

Hometown: Lakeville, MN

High School: Lakeville South

Major/Minor: Nursing

Year: Junior

What campus activities are you involved in?
Student Nurses Association

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
2 jobs on-campus at the Information Center and the Health and Wellness Clinic

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
Dew Drop Bop

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
Helping others

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love getting to meet other students. My favorite memory is when we walked down to Chipotle for dinner. 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
Library

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
Don’t be afraid to get involved on campus, I wish I would have attended more events my first year since they are a great way to get to know people. 

Hometown: Eagan, MN

High School: Eastview High School

Major/Minor: Public Health 

Year: Senior

What campus activities are you involved in?
AWA C-Chair, Public Health club, Senate, MIPS

Do you work anywhere on or off-campus? 
On-campus at the Information Center and University Events

What is your favorite St Kate’s tradition?
First day of school activities

Have you discovered your superpower? If not, what would it be?
Being positive and bubbly

Why do you love orientation? What is your favorite part?
I love orientation because you get to meet new people who will attend St Kate’s and introduce them to this great campus and people here. My favorite memory from orientation is meeting new friends in my orientation group and still being great friends to this day! 

Favorite place on campus or best-kept secret?
The pulse and the downstairs library area. 

What advice would you give to incoming students? Is there anything you wish you would have known about?
I would say to be open to more options in classes and join as many student organizations so you can explore and be a part of this campus. I wish I would have known about more resources on campus as we need all that we can get!

Name a character (real or cartoon) that you relate to and why?
I would relate to Mulan, as she fights for what she wants and empowers women to challenge the norms of double standards.