Mary Seun Oluwalowo '16

Journalism and Media Communication

Once you jump in right away, more doors keep opening up for you. St. Kate’s staff and faculty make that possible.

Interview by Katie Molnau ’17

hometowns

Lagos, Nigeria and Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

why St. Kate's?

During her college visits from 8th through 10th grade she was drawn to St. Kate’s: “I remember visiting the campus more than three times, and I liked the interactions the faculty had with students.”

For example, she sat in on a communications class with Professor Elizabeth Otto, and “it was just amazing seeing the way students responded to her and the kind of energy she brought to the room. I was like, ‘YES, I want to take this class. I want to be here and be a part of the community.’”

deciding on an area of study

She is interested in the broadcasting and production side of communications because “I want to be able to story-tell in a digital format that everyone is able to receive.”

building experience

Mary immersed herself on campus right away by landing a job with the Information Technology (IT) office. That experience inspired her to pursue IT certifications to improve her knowledge of the field.

She is very involved in many different campus clubs, including the Asian Women Association, African Student Association, Black Student Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary. She was also a resident advisor for three-and-a-half years and worked for the Community Work and Learning office as a production assistant.

today

Mary had the opportunity to study in Japan — and start a documentary — during summer 2015. She hopes to return some day to finish filming. In 8 or 10 years. Mary sees herself working as an IT specialist or communications specialist at the U.S. Embassy.

advice for new students

“Get involved! Joining a club is one of the best ways to meet people, and you will find people with similar interests as yours.”