Being an international student, Vivienne's experience in deciding to come to St. Kate's was unique. "I first heard of St. Kate’s when I was looking for colleges at the U.S. embassy in Uganda. The advisor suggested I pick St. Kate’s because it was “a nice college.” That was great advice from her. When I looked up the University online, I saw that it had a scholarship program and the best package for international students that I had seen. St. Kate’s also offered a friendship family program to support students coming from another country."
Once arriving to St. Kate's "I did not have problems fitting in, and I have made some awesome friends. Additionally, my friendship family really helped me fit into this new culture. St. Kate’s has made the United States feel like home to me."
Around campus, "I am secretary of the St. Catherine International Students Organization, and I'm also a peer mentor in the Office of Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS)."
She was also able to continue with her love of singing while attending St. Kate's. "The choir director contacted me even before I arrived in the United States and asked me to audition for the choir if I was interested. I'm glad I did because now I’m developing my voice, and I’m learning how to read music and to play some piano."
In the future, "I plan on getting a master’s degree and Ph.D. in social work or psychology after I graduate from St. Kate’s. After that, I will be able to start private practice back in my country."
— Interview and photo by Julie Sawadogo '13