Mel Gerten '11

Accounting and Financial Economics

My St. Kate’s education is the best investment I have made in my future. It has equipped me with the skills to be successful in graduate school or a full-time career.

Hometown

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Deciding on an Area of Study

What surprised Mel about St. Kate's was “How small the classes were. In high school I was used to classes of 30 students. Most of my classes at St. Kate’s had 15 people or fewer. I got the one-on-one attention that I needed from the professors, and I felt engaged in my education.”

She also enjoyed the all-women and liberal arts aspects of St. Kate's learning environment. “It helped me to understand my strengths as a female leader. Ultimately, it gave me the confidence to take on leadership roles either in class or in a career. Studying the liberal arts had improved my critical thinking skills. My philosophy and theology coursework helped me understand the complexity of ethics and how important they are in everyday life, as well as in the business world."

Mel decided to pursue Accounting and Financial Economics degrees because, “The business and accounting professors prepare you for life. They give you the tools you need to choose a career path and to be successful.”

All of St. Kate's resources helped make her experience even better. “The financial aid office helped me get the most funding available. A financial aid counselor made sure I was getting the maximum funding available based on my FAFSA. My St. Kate’s education is the best investment I have made in my future. It has equipped me with the skills to be successful in graduate school or a full-time career.”

Building Experience

Outside of regular classes, Mel was a varsity hockey goalie, as well as a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Rookie and Honorable Mention teams as a first-year student. At the time, she had the school record for the most saves in a season.

She also sought out an internship with the help from the career development office. "They have interview preparation materials and career counselors. St. Kate’s also hosts a large career fair each year.”