Katherine Then '13
Catholic school in the Dominican Republic and
Charles E. Gorton High School, Yonkers, NY
Katherine Then made the decision to attend the College of Mount Saint Vincent, despite speaking English as a second language and attending school a long way from home and family. Her dream of attending an American college came true when she was 16 years old.
“When I came here, I didn’t know what I wanted to do – I just knew I had dreams of helping people, but I wasn’t sure in what way,” says Katherine.
Now a junior Psychology major with a double minor in Italian and Visual Arts, Katherine credits her relationships with faculty and staff at the College of Mount Saint Vincent to helping her give shape to those dreams.
“Once I took a Psychology class with Dr. Prout, everything changed for me. She is now not only my teacher, but also my academic advisor. She referred me to several internship programs and has opened up so many opportunities for me. It’s very comforting to know that she is there whenever I need her, and she’s been a great reality check when I talk about what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Katherine is currently a Peer Leader for freshmen, helping them get through their first year, and is secretary of the school’s Psychology Club. She is also juggling two internships, one with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a court-affiliated program designed to help foster children connect with their biological parents, and YAI, an organization committed to helping disabled young adults.
“Your college experience is what you make of it,” she says. “But here at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, the staff and professors are so great, and because it’s a small school, you really feel like you’re at home. You learn a lot – and not just academically. They teach you how to go on interviews, they help you to get great internships, they teach you about life. It’s such a comforting place to be.”