Photo: Katie Ward graduated in spring 2012 from the University of Minnesota Medical School with five other CSB alumnae: Elize Johnson '06, Katie Ward '08, Sarah Eisenschenk '08, Maggie Sweeney '08, Caitlyn Kennedy '08 and Heather Berscheit Grothe '05.
I graduated from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in 2008 with a major in biology and a minor in Spanish. I was a member of the CSB Tennis Team, the Biology Club and the Spanish Club, I even studied abroad in Segovia, Spain during my junior year.
My main focus at CSB/SJU was to get admitted to medical school and become a doctor. I can't say enough about how my science professors helped me achieve this goal. Under their guidance, I was exposed to a significant amount of the information covered in the medical school curriculum as an undergraduate student at CSB/SJU. This made a huge difference in my success in medical school! In addition, I was able to undertake independent research with two of the biology professors and formed outstanding professional relationships with them that continue to this day.
When it came time to apply to medical school, the professors all took time out of their busy schedules to meet with me prior to writing my letters of recommendation-to be certain they knew everything they could about my academic record and extracurricular activities. They truly wanted to write the strongest letter possible. One of my professors even performed a mock-interview for me before the medical school interviewing process began.
My experience at CSB/SJU also helped set me apart in medical school by teaching me how to be an effective learner. As an athlete, I had to manage my time very well and prioritize my studies while keeping a balance in my life. These skills definitely helped me excel in medical school. And, because CSB/SJU stresses the importance of life balance, I made this a priority during my time in medical school where I continued to be involved in many extracurricular activities that helped keep me grounded.
I wish you the best of luck in following your dream to become a doctor. I urge you to consider CSB/SJU to help make it happen.
Katie Ward, MD
Hennepin County Medical Center
Became a doctor, May 2012
Developed lifelong friendships
with other Bennies and Johnnies
Played tennis for the Blazers