Jordyn Arndt '11

French, International Business and Economics, concentration in Women’s Studies

St. Kate’s prepares students to make a difference. I learned to think broadly, especially about social and economic issues.

Hometown

Farmington, Minnesota

Why St. Kate's?

"I was not initially interested in a women’s college, at least not until I toured St. Kate’s. I fell in love with the campus. My guide did an amazing job of emphasizing the women’s leadership and social-justice aspects of the school. The minute I left campus, I decided I wanted to go to St. Kate’s."

Building Experience

Jordyn pursued study abroad semesters in Senegal and Morocco, as well as J-terms in Egypt and India. “As a child, I avidly read about foreign places and cultures, and this interest was strengthened during my time at St. Kate’s.”

In 2011, she participated in the Education Without Borders conference in Dubai. She was one of 36 student presenters chosen worldwide and awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to share her undergrad research on “International Trade and Women’s Work in Morocco: An Analysis of the Causes, Consequences and Reactions.” Jordyn later expanded on that research as a Fulbright scholar.

“I first applied for the Fulbright scholarship when I was a senior at St. Kate’s. I wasn’t selected, but I applied again with a different project the following year. The good news came in spring 2012 when I was wrapping up my teaching contract in Reunion, an island off the coast of Madagascar.”

Rabat, the capital of Morocco, was home from September 2012 to June 2013. During that time, she worked with the Solidarity Center to interview and document the struggles of women workers in the clothing manufacturing industry.

Jordyn was also a Rhodes finalist—an enormous achievement!

Today

Jordyn is currently a full-time graduate student at Johns Hopkins, pursuing American foreign policy and international economics.

Prior to that, she spent three years in Singapore working as a research analyst with Accenture and, later, the government affairs manager at the American Chamber of Commerce. She also served as secretary of a professional women’s association and volunteered for UN Women.