Odilia 'Odi' Mentari '17

Biochemistry

St. Kate’s is a very safe and welcoming place that respects diversity.

Hometown

Jakarta, Indonesia

Why St. Kate's?

Odi chanced upon St. Kate’s at a university fair in Jakarta during her senior year in high school. “The international admission staff was wonderful — and I decided to apply because I wanted to challenge myself by living abroad and learning about people who come from different backgrounds.”

Deciding on an Area of Study

“I’ve always excelled in the sciences and loved both aspects of biology and chemistry. But it was my experiences at St. Kate’s that made me realize I wanted to help people by working in the lab — and seeing how diseases work in the human body and developing medicine in order to combat those diseases.”

Building Experience

Odi was invited to present at the 2017 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis. Her collaboration with chemistry professor Annalisa Jordan, through St. Kate’s Summer Scholars program, raised her critical-thinking skills to a whole new level.

“I’ve learned to communicate more effectively and make professional connections with others. I’m also more confident in presenting and speaking in public, especially to an audience that doesn’t have a background or has very little background in chemistry.”

Odi further honed her leadership skills and “broke out of [her] shell” as president of the St. Catherine International Student Organization (SCISCO) and Southeast Asian Student Association (SEASA), co-secretary of the Chemistry Club and international senator in Student Senate. In her senior year, she earned a Thomas More Award for outstanding loyalty and service to St. Kate’s.

Today

Odi plans to work as a lab technician or a medical scribe upon graduation, then she’s off to grad school to pursue a Ph.D. in pathology or toxicology.

Advice for Students

“St. Kate’s will prepare you for many aspects of life, be it work or grad school. You will leave empowered!”