Vivienne Namujuzi ’11

Vivienne Namujuzi ’15

Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
Double major: Social Work and Psychology

Why St. Kate’s: I first heard of St. Kate’s when I was looking for colleges at the U.S. embassy in Uganda. The advisor suggested I pick St. Kate’s because it was “a nice college.” That was great advice from her. When I looked up the University online, I saw that it had a scholarship program and the best package for international students that I had seen. St. Kate’s also offered a friendship family program to support students coming from another country.

A home to international students: I did not have problems fitting in, and I have made some awesome friends. Additionally, my friendship family really helped me fit into this new culture. St. Kate’s has made the United States feel like home to me.

On-campus activities: I am secretary of the St. Catherine International Students Organization, and I'm also a peer mentor in the Office of Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS).

Following my passion at St. Kate’s: I have always loved singing, and I was glad to see that I could keep singing at St. Kate’s. The choir director contacted me even before I arrived in the United States and asked me to audition for the choir if I was interested. I'm glad I did because now I’m developing my voice, and I’m learning how to read music and to play some piano.

Future plans: I plan on getting a master’s degree and Ph.D. in social work or psychology after I graduate from St. Kate’s. After that, I will be able to start private practice back in my country.

— interview and photo by Julie Sawadogo '13