Mimi Le '17

Business Administration, College for Adults

You get practical skills at St. Kate’s, and you’ll develop your own style as a leader, a manager or whatever you decide to become.

Interview and Photo by Kristen Wunderlich

Hometown

Lakeville, Minnesota

Why St. Kate's?

“I tried out a few other colleges before enrolling at St. Kate’s, but none of them were the right fit. When I applied here, the support I received from the admission counselors showed me that I was entering a community of people who would go above and beyond to help me succeed.”

Deciding on an Area of Study

A self-described “forever entrepreneur,” Mimi always knew she wanted to study business. At 17, she even started one of her own, crocheting custom-made iPod sleeves.

Building Experience

In January 2017, Mimi spent three weeks studying abroad in Chile. The local struggle for sustainable economic practices cemented her three interests — business, sustainability and social justice — and served as an example of how she could combine them to help others.

Today

Mimi’s administration skills are being put to good use at Zen Box Izakaya in Minneapolis. She's responsible for overseeing all service-oriented operations, including preparing the restaurant to receive customers and staff training.

“I’ve been a manager for years now, but I still don’t know everything. My current job is a chance to apply the principles I learned at St. Kate’s to a real-world environment where I can continue to learn and grow.”

Advice for Students

“Trust your gut and if it feels right, go for it. You are the person who creates your own path.”