May 2009 Graduate
Katherine “Kat” McVeigh, of Portage, earned two degrees when she walked across the stage during the Purdue University North Central commencement of May 18. She took home Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Behavioral Science, with a concentration in Psychology.
Her ultimate goal is to continue her education so that she may someday teach at the college level.
“I believe that furthering your education. It is the most important thing that any person could do no matter what their age,” she said.
McVeigh’s advice to someone contemplating higher education is simple, “GO!” is her quick response.
Her experience at PNC has been positive. “PNC gives you an opportunity to get-one-on one help from your professors,” she said. “You get to know the people who are educating you, instead of just being another face in a classroom.”
McVeigh, however, does note that, “My first day at PNC was my first public school experience.”
She found that PNC suited her. Her grades qualified her for membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national communication honor society and Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society.
Her favorite on-campus experiences took place in the classroom, most notably, her Communication classes, particularly her Oral Interpretation classes. Each semester the Oral Interpretation classes put presentations together for the campus and community that are extremely popular.
Between her studies and work, she also found time to volunteer for The Caring Place in Valparaiso.
She was able to manage her busy schedule by setting her priorities and making sure that she gave herself time to do what was most important to her.
As she explained, “It was difficult to combine full-time work, a full schedule at school and a social life. I always put school first, work second and the fun mixes in. My family and friends understand that work and school are the most important things in my life.”
Now that she has earned her degree and has joined the esteemed ranks of Purdue University alumni, would she recommend PNC other others?
“I certainly would recommend anyone who wants a more intimate classroom setting.”