Kate Saunders is twenty-two years old and a native of Tinton Falls, NJ, which is located on the Jersey shore. She points out, “Think Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.”
Kate is in the final semester of her senior year as a Nursing major. She says she chose to become a nursing major because, “I love medicine and people. Nothing can compare to the feeling of making someone’s life better, or to getting that ‘thank you’ from a patient or their family.” She plans to continue her Nursing education in the form of a Master’s degree and eventually a Ph.D. Her future goals include living in New York City and working at a renowned hospital.
At Pace, Kate serves as the secretary for the UNICEF C.H.I.L.D. Project. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, and a member of Golden Key International Honor Society. In the past, she has worked as a student assistant for civic engagement courses.
Of her major accomplishments, Kate expresses her feeling of fulfillment as one of the first in her family to go to college. She proudly states that she was “granted a full academic scholarship in order to come to Pace and study Nursing.”
Outside of Pace, she works in a pharmacy and babysits. She also tutors junior Nursing students. She says, “Free time is a rare thing for me.” But, she adds, “If gas were cheaper and I had more free time I would go home and spend time with my family. My boyfriend owns his own skateboard company named Instinct, so I love going home and seeing what he is up to: designing, promo parties, events. It is all very different from what I do, so I love being a part of it.” While at school, she likes to try new places to eat with her friends as well as staying in and putting her feet up. She says, “Nurses stand for over twelve hours a day and it’s rough on your feet.”
Kate offers the following sentiments to her fellow Honors classmates, “Relax, it all works out and stressed is desserts backwards.”