Coming from a small town in northern Minnesota, Hannah experienced “almost no diversity.” But she was fascinated by other cultures. “This came from my love of reading and exploring other worlds through books and stories,” she says.
So, attending a university with a good study abroad program was a key factor for her when it came time to decide on a college. “Some people thought I was crazy to move to the Twin Cities, but I chose St. Kate’s because of the great financial aid, opportunities to study abroad and the shared programs with other private colleges in the Twin Cities.”
St. Kate's offers students more than 400 study abroad programs. Hannah took advantage of this. “I was fortunate to study abroad three times during my time at St. Kate’s,” she notes.
Hannah completed a semester-long community work experience in South Africa, a J-term Global Search for Justice course in India, and a semester focused on community development and the Swahili language in Tanzania.
When she’s not abroad, Hannah was actively involved with St. Kate’s Orientation Leadership Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes club, CRU Bible Study group and St. Catherine International Student Organization.
I intend to work with nonprofits around the world, and in Minnesota, that are people centered with a focus on education and the arts. Many children, especially girls, do not even get the opportunity to attend school. I would like to be a part of the movement that closes the education gap.