"Currently, there are millions of strong, capable women who have the potential to do well in college and make intellectual contributions to society, but they are stuck in lower level jobs because they do not have access to an education," Katie said. "This has repercussions for their children as well, as they are being raised by minimally educated parents who are likely to be overworked, underpaid and stressed over finances."
Now living in Fairfax, Va., Katie is currently employed at the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), a non-profit organization of which Wilson College is a member. She is a membership manager, responsible for membership dues and the tuition exchange program. "CIC provides various conferences and services to upper level administrators of private colleges," Katie said. "CIC facilitates the administration of various new programs on member campuses."
Katie plans to earn a doctorate in political science or political sociology in future years when her 10-year-old son, Gage, is older and less dependent. Her goal is to one day start an organization that helps institutions develop programs similar to Wilson’s Women with Children (WWC) program. "I was incredibly fortunate to have found the Women with Children program because it enhanced the quality of life for my son and me," Katie said. "I'd like to help expand opportunities like Women with Children to others."
She feels that the program not only gave her an academic education, but also helped improve her social skills and led to personal growth.
"The students in the Women with Children program formed a strong support network that helped me grow as a parent," said Katie.
When she arrived at Wilson, Katie planned on studying psychology to become a school counselor. "I was interested in human behavior, what causes certain types of behavior and what was involved in the thinking process," Katie said. But as she advanced in her studies, her career plans changed.
"I realized that I was drawn to the political aspects of whatever subject I was studying at the time," Katie said. She soon added sociology as her second major. "My major was very broad and didn't relate to one specific career path, but it is definitely applicable to the mission of the non-profit organization that I work for."
Katie believes her Wilson education, with its small class sizes, prepared her well for a career. “It helped me to learn to think critically, to ask questions and ask the right questions," she said.