Mai Chue Moua '12

Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Psychology

I picked St. Kate’s because of its strong liberal arts foundation and vision to teach students about being ethical leaders in their community. The strong support system I encountered — from the Admission office to staff across campus — made me feel that I could thrive at St. Kate’s and grow on a spiritual, intellectual and social level.

hometown

Minneapolis, Minnesota

deciding on an area of study

Many aspects of St. Kate's drew Mai Chue to the institution. This included "its strong liberal arts foundation and vision to teach students about being ethical leaders in their community. The strong support system I encountered — from the Admission office to staff across campus — made me feel that I could thrive at St. Kate’s and grow on a spiritual, intellectual and social level.”

She decided to pursue degrees in Sociology and Psychology. “I hope to one day become a social worker or guidance counselor at a school. I have met so many people who have wanted to help me simply because they wanted to. It is also my hope that one day, I can pay forward the kindness and support that I have received during difficult times. Through my degrees, I hope to be both a resource and guide for others.”

building experience

“I was really surprised by the different student opportunities that St. Kate’s provides beyond academics. It is because of those opportunities that I have been able to get where I am today.”

“I was a...member of a non-chartered student organization known as Hmong Daughters of St. Kate’s. Through this group, I...helped to address the importance of culture and cultural identity with St. Kate’s students, as well as collaborate with other students in bringing about the SHOPE program. This outreach program was developed by a St. Kate’s student through a Phillips Scholarship. It addresses awareness and self identity amongst Hmong American women who are living with a developmental disability.”

“In fall 2010, I worked with the St. Paul Domestic Abuse and Intervention Project as an intern. I loved it and learned many things, from communications to crisis management. Even though I want to eventually work in education, I took the opportunities available during my junior year to explore other areas of interest to broaden my horizons.”

today

Mai Chue aims to pursue more education in the future, specifically a "masters in social work or possibly a clinical license in social work...I am also looking at various options to study abroad and learn about other cultures and social work structures in other countries.”

If you’re considering St. Kate’s, she suggested, “Come with an open mind and open heart to learn because your education really starts by looking within yourself first.”