Kat Nguyen '14

July 22, 2013

Hometown: Okemos, Mich.

High School: Okemos High School in Mich. and Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La.

Major: Biology-Chemistry

Kat won second place as an SJC junior for her Chemistry presentation, "Isolation of Fructose," in the competition for a NIPSCO scholarship at SJC's 2013 Undergraduate Colloquium (10th Anniversary).

I like smaller colleges where they are less intimidating and people know other classmates.

What was it like to transfer to SJC?

The transfer was super easy. I barely had to do anything because everyone in the Registrar's Office helped me out and all of my credits transferred, which made the transition go smoothly. I wasn't sure how the credits would transfer for the Core classes, but the Registrar used what I had and applied it to the Core requirements—that way I was in the correct junior Core classes. It was stressful enough transferring to a different state, and SJC really made my life less stressful.

The environment is incredibly friendly—both students and staff/faculty. Since the College is smaller than a traditional university, I've gotten to see familiar faces, and I am getting to know students wherever I go on campus. The environment is also comfortable. I can walk around campus and feel safe, but never lost. The biggest thing for me is the fact that they provide free printing. With the amount of classes I have to take, it's nice that I can just print off all my notes, online homework, and any other graded papers. Also, between classes, I like to hang out on the couches in the Library or the Core Building. Since I commute to school, having a place to relax definitely helps since I can't go back to a dorm room, and having a good library helps me get my work done away from home.

Are you getting financial aid?

Yes, I got a scholarship for $10,000 for being a transfer student with a 4.0 GPA.

The Core Program will definitely help with my world knowledge...it expands my mind.

Why did you choose SJC? 

I chose SJC because of family. I could have chosen to go to Purdue because I live closer to their campus, but I like smaller colleges where they are less intimidating and people know other classmates. Also, class sizes are not ridiculously large where there are 300 students per class and the professor doesn't recognize you.

What are your plans for the future or what career plans do you have?

I plan on attending medical school and obtaining a MD/PhD combined degree. I want to become a surgeon (I have not decided on an area yet) and give back to my undergraduate school.

How do you feel about the Core Program?

Core is a good curriculum because it teaches students general information from science to foreign countries. It makes students more well rounded and makes the students converse on a different level for their future.

Core is like the quick overview of some of my classes. Then my classes go into more depth. So, yes, it does help with my other classes because instead of being bombarded with all this information at once in classes, Core eases you into it.

Core will definitely help with my world knowledge. Being a science major, all I know is science, and I like learning about foreign countries and ethics. It doesn't give me tunnel vision—it expands my mind.

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.