true stories - Sydney Anderson

Sydney Anderson '20

 

I was a transfer student. People have this idea that you need to attend a four-year university to have the ultimate college experience, but it was a fantastic decision for me. I started at a community college,raised my GPA and had time to figure out what I was passionate about.What I love is speaking to people! I have this knack for public speaking and building connections. I didn't even know communication was a major. But when I transferred to St. Kate’s, I fell in love with it. It was probably the best decision I made.

For me, education was the most important thing. I wanted a school where I knew my voice would be heard. I felt at a coed college, I wouldn’t be able to speak up as much. That’s why I picked an all-women’s college. It’s not old-fashioned at all. The things they’re teaching in classes are the most forward-thinking things ever.

My transition into the university was great. I had this energy and drive to get super involved in clubs and organizations and had such a fun time. Eventually, I even became the transfer student coordinator! We have designated people who help transfer students have a seamless experience. Just because you transfer in doesn’t mean you’re getting any less opportunities, it’s just whether or not you take them.

St. Kate's student photo with pop art filer

Now I work for a tech company as a sales account manager. I wanted to sell something I knew was making an impact, where I could build on relationships. I manage about 50 accounts and I love it. It's crazy how I ended up here. I was one of the frontline interns who started at 3M during the pandemic. At the end of my internship, I had five offers from 3M in different states. Within 24 hours, they went into a hiring freeze and all offers were revoked. That sent me into kind of a spiral.

I reached out to my four closest professors. I can't even explain how cool they are. They're the most humble, amazing, awesome people. I wrote an email asking if we could put together a game plan to help me move forward. Within 15 minutes, I'm getting phone calls saying, this is what we're going to do, or I have places you can apply, or I know XY and Z person. That was the most amazing thing ever. Just knowing I have that support in my back pocket. Within two weeks I had another job. It feels good knowing I'm at the right place now.

I think a lot of what my department did was try to make our classes as real-life as possible. We never sat there and just listened to a lecture. We always had someone from another company telling us about opportunities that were available. We learned so much about negotiation and what that means. I think what set me up for success was knowing my worth before I left the university. That was probably the biggest thing they did for me.

There’s a sense of worth I feel when I talk about my St. Kate’s experience. I would give anything to that institution. I’m starting my grad program in a couple weeks and it’s going to be awesome to be back at school. I’ve missed it.

 

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