Honors College senior, Kathryn Olsen is an Applied Psychology and Human Relations major and Art minor. She is currently in Pace’s combined degree Master’s program, pursuing her MS in Counseling. During her time in Pleasantville, Kathyrn has become a prominent member of campus life and is involved in many organizations and activities. She has been part of the Honors College since her first-year and later joined Alpha Lambda Sigma sorority, of which she is currently Vice President and Scholarship Chair. Kathryn also became involved in ASPIRE, and has worked as a Welcome Center Tour Guide and now, a Student Assistant.
During her sophomore, junior, and senior years, she acted as a Peer Leader for first-year students in the University 101 program, helping them assimilate to campus and classroom life. Kathryn is a member of many honor societies, including Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society; Gamma Sigma Alpha National Academic Greek Honor Society; and Golden Key International Honor Society. She also works with her classmates to improve campus events by participating in the Senior Week Planning Committee and the Townhouse Day Committee.
Kathryn identifies her entire first-year living in the Honors College floor of Dow Hall as her favorite Pace memory. The Montreal trip, joining her sorority, and meeting amazing fellow students made her freshman year so irreplaceable. Honors events have enhanced her Pace experience and made her closer with the Honors student community. Honors also helped her decide what career path to take in a college setting and notes that Honors advisor Professor Walther’s help was invaluable to her, answering all of her questions and concerns.
Kathryn recommends taking courses with Dr. Keegan for his straight-forward and knowledgeable teaching, which helped her learn a great deal in the four classes that she has taken with him, and Dr. Pointek’s very interesting “Abnormal Psychology” course. She advises first-year students to maintain a balance between work and play and become involved on campus. “Be committed to your school work,” she notes, “but take advantage of the many opportunities at Pace by finding what interests you. College is about the experience (almost) as much as the education so make the most of your four years!”