Graduating senior profile: Senior Anna Hayes

Anna Hayes, a senior here at St. Kate’s, is preparing to walk across the stage at the graduation ceremony in a few weeks. She has great plans for the future and had a rich experience during her four years as a Katie.

Hayes’s favorite experiences in college were being on the orientation team, being a part of Relay for Life, attending the Dew Drop Bop in celebration of the end of the school year and being engaged in all of her classes and coursework.

“Overall, I just love the atmosphere here at St. Kate’s – the beautiful campus, the wonderful faculty and staff and the empowering classes have all become pivotal parts of my ‘home away from home’ for the past four years,” Hayes said.

Currently, Hayes is involved in the Nutrition and Exercise Science Club, in which she is a lead officer, the Kappa Omnicron Nu (KON) Honors Society, in which she is vice president and Colleges Against Cancer, in which she is a fundraising committee member. Over the years, she was involved in Spanish Club, Catholic Club, Public Health Club, Biology Club and the Honors Program Student Organization. She was a peer minister with Campus Ministry and is currently a science tutor in the O’Neill Center, as well as a tutor for the Math and Physics Department. Additionally, Hayes has been involved with The Wheel for the past three years as an international columnist and a copy editor.

Hayes is an Antonian Scholar and a double major in Spanish and food and nutrition: science.
“Although I am interested in nutrition, I am far more intrigued by the science behind food: What makes an egg curdle? What actually occurs when a batch of ingredients are baked in an oven? Coupled with my knack for chemistry, food and nutrition: science was the perfect major for me here at St. Kate’s,” Hayes said. “As for the Spanish major – it was actually an add-on. After I studied abroad for a semester in the Dominican Republic, I was only one class short of a Spanish major. Therefore, I went ahead and pursued a second major in Spanish.”
Hayes’s professors speak highly of her as well.

“Anna is an extremely capable and intelligent young woman. As an Antonian Honors Program Scholar, Anna’s academic record and the quality of her work in my courses has been outstanding,” Debra Sheats, who worked with Hayes and is a professor in the Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department, said.

Sheats also said that as the Kappa Omicron Nu advisor, she witnessed Hayes’s calm, cooperative style of leadership motivate other people to get involved. Sheats also feels that Hayes claimed her education, and is ready to leave St. Kate’s with preparation to lead and influence. Additionally, Hilda Kachmar, a professor in the Spanish Department who worked with Hayes, speaks highly of her.

“Anna has always distinguished herself for her ability to lead a group. Anna is the president of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honorary Society, and she conducted the induction ceremony this past April with great poise and flawless Spanish,” Kachmar said. She went on to say that Hayes is a great young lady, and is the best of her students.

As a result of being a Katie, Hayes learned to take charge of her education, to think from several diverse and unique perspectives, to question things, to have the courage to go outside of her comfort zone and to stand up for what she believes in.

“I have been given the tools to build my own future, wherever life may take me,” Hayes said.
Hayes will attend Purdue University in the fall to begin her graduate school studies. She plans on researching health-related functions of carbohydrates. She intends to earn a PhD eventually, and then to work in the food industry, but is not ruling out the possibility of working in academia at some point. She is most excited for pursuing the unknown, which she said is scary sometimes, but also very exciting.

“The unknown is what motivates us to continue achieving excellence, to try harder and to never stop learning,” Hayes said.

Kourtney can be reached at kjjohnson2@stkate.edu.

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