Kate Krueger, originally from a small farming community in central Illinois, was drawn to Saint Louis University from the start. Though her original image of a Catholic university was of "some sort of ivy-shrouded paradise where everyone sat around discussing philosophy in suits and ties, drinking their coffee black," she found that she was particularly attracted by SLU's commitment to social justice and to finding ways to improve the lives of some of society's most marginalized people. Awarded a Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship, Kate went on the earn a triple major in Political Science, International Studies, and Italian Studies, with a certificate in Foreign Service. As part of her undergraduate work, Kate wrote an honors thesis on "Regionalism, Populism, and the Rise of the Europe's New Right: A Case Study of Italy's Lega Nord," and presented her findings at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. She was selected outstanding student in the Political Science department in 2010.
Kate says that what made her experience at SLU so remarkable was "the outstanding quality and character of the professors I had over four years. I cherish the relationships I've formed with those professors that I have gotten to know and even more, the ability I've had to draw and synthesize resources and guidance from multiple departments to tailor my education to my exact interests." She adds, "The experiences I've had at this university have snowballed into a set of opportunities and achievements that I never could have imagined on my own."
Kate spent a semester abroad studying in Rome and volunteering at a refugee center. She followed that up with a State Department internship in the political section of the US Embassy in Rome. During that internship, Kate assisted with logistical planning for a G8 conference, compiled press briefings, conducted original research, and attended a variety of meetings with Italian and American government officials. Back in St. Louis, she volunteered at the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma. The Political Science department sent her to the Student Conference on United States Affairs at West Point. She served as president of the Italian club and Awareness Director of the SLU chapter of Keep a Child Alive, which she also helped found.
Kate plans to earn a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a focus on how international immigration affects politics in Mediterranean countries. She is confident that her years at SLU have prepared her to continue a stimulating and rewarding process of education and self-discovery.