North Central College - Naperville, IL
Physical Education major

Before transferring from large universities, Katie focused on swimming alone and had no idea what she wanted to do. “But North Central balances academics and athletics so perfectly and helps you focus on what you will do for life,” she says.

Katie has discovered she wants to teach physical education. “I’ve always been active and had a passion for keeping kids healthy and fit.” She added minors in secondary education and wellness with a health endorsement.

A member of North Central’s swim team, she partnered with her coach to start a noncompetitive program that teaches swim techniques and conditioning. She also volunteers her time to coach swim teams at a Naperville high school and is head coach at a neighborhood swim club during summers.

“I struggled at my first two schools but I’m doing great here. It makes a difference being at a school where you’re supported and happy.”