Rising junior Katelyn Mullane is a pre-med biology major and a member of the Marching Comets from Goodrich. She has made herself known around campus for her desire to make the world a better place.
“Attending Olivet has helped me grow as a person,” Katelyn said. “To obtain a new mindset, it helped me mature, and I saw the value in a small community that is more like family.”
That mindset has helped Katelyn in all sorts of charity pursuits and work to help those in need. In December, she volunteered at All Hands and Hearts in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, to assist in relief efforts after Hurricane Maria. She was joined by her sorority sisters at Iota Kappa Omicron, the Soronian Literary Society.
“Because of Soronian, I have had many community service opportunities and service days to do little things around the community. Puerto Rico made me appreciate all the things we often take for granted, such as having running water and electricity — even a hand-me-down dresser,” Katelyn said.
Additionally, as a member of the Marching Comets, Katelyn participates in the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention every year. The walk was an initiative led by the band, specifically former drum major Abigale Smith ’20.
In addition to community service opportunities, Katelyn enjoys Greek life for the homey feeling it providers. “I joined Soronian to have a home away from home and to have many girls to call my friends and family,” Katelyn said. “Joining a Greek house was the best decision I made, and I highly encourage anyone to consider it or joining another club or organization.”
While Katelyn has enjoyed connecting with her Comet family, her sister, Kristen Mullane ‘20, is also an alumna of Olivet College, the Marching Comets and Soronian.
“I encourage people to attend Olivet because it’s a small community with close ties and everybody cares for one another,” Katelyn said. “Your professors know you by your first name, and the learning is more one-on-one rather than lecture-like. We are treated with respect and are told to embrace who we are.”
Katelyn attributes some of her success to Director of Bands Jeremy Duby.
“He has helped me grow as an individual because he treats me like an adult and always tells us that we, as a whole, are as good as we are individually. He has taught us discipline and responsibility. I always felt like I could talk to Mr. Duby, and he would listen intently and give his full attention.”
Many students experience uncertainty while transitioning from high school to college. For Katelyn, embracing one of President Steven M. Corey’s favorite mottos helped her juggle classwork, band and everywhere else she spends her time. “Olivet’s motto to ‘get comfortable with being uncomfortable’ teaches us to embrace change and to open our minds. My advice to any incoming college student is to embrace the change that you feel occurring within yourself because that change is growth,” Katelyn emphasized.
In addition to her involvement with extracurricular activities, Katelyn has been successful in the classroom. “I chose biology as a major because while growing up math and science were always my strong suits, and I already loved science as it is,” she said. “I loved watching medical shows and was passionate about the impact health care has on individuals. I wish to either be a physician assistant or pathologist.” Katelyn has already started advancing toward this goal by applying for patient contact jobs and looking for internships next summer.
During Honors Week, Katelyn was celebrated as a 2020 graduate of the ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Program. “Graduating from the ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Program was something freshman me never thought I would do. Getting accepted felt like a new door opening in my path at Olivet. Graduating from the program taught me so many things about myself and helped me with resumes and job interviews. I used to be terrified to speak publicly, but now it is easier for me, and I can do it with much more confidence because the program really teaches us to speak our mind,” Katelyn said.
Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This feature was written by rising junior Chad Enwright, Marketing and Multi-Media Student Associate. He is a resident adviser, member of the football team, chief recruitment officer for Phi Beta Lambda and a business administration major who aspires to invent and operate his own high-tech, home security and automation business.