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Meet Katie Walsh: A Senior Making a Difference and Bringing “Hazard Zet Forward” Beyond Campus
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Katie and friends Brittany Blomkvest '14, Krissy May '14 and Ryan Garrity '11 attended the Pirate's Birthday last spring.
Katie Walsh
A member of the Student Alumni Association, Katie Walsh witnesses Pirate Pride across generations, as alumni and students alike give back to the University. The Seton Hall Fund sat down with Katie to talk about what it means to live the Seton Hall motto and find out what’s next for the graduating senior.

Q: How have alumni donations made a difference in your time at Seton Hall?
I am a scholarship recipient and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the generosity of others. Many students are contributing to their education themselves, which carries a large burden on both the students and their families. To have that relieved through a scholarship is a huge help.

Q: What would you say to an alumnus who wasn’t sure that their gift makes any difference?
I would tell alumni to evaluate your Pirate Pride. If you feel blessed and grateful for your experience and education, then you should feel responsible to guarantee that others are given the same opportunity. You see it every day- if students are going to class, then your donation has to be making a difference.

Q: As a student, and soon to be a young alumnus, what inspires you to give to the Seton Hall Fund?
The Seton Hall motto “Hazard Zet Forward,” is a powerful statement that has great meaning at this time. In today’s world there is an added burden due to the economy. Many students are struggling to obtain an education, and yet every day on campus, students embody the courage to proceed and determination to earn a Seton Hall degree. The University also struggles in the economy, yet it continues to provide a quality and competitive education for students, giving true meaning to the phrase “Hazard Zet Forward.” This is what inspires me to give; the notion that I can support and encourage the university to continue forward and provide a quality education, despite challenges.

Last May, Katie volunteered at an orphanage in Haiti to give the children love and care.
Katie Walsh
Q: What are your post-graduation plans?
I hope to work at the United Nations or State Department advocating for social justice through diplomacy and policy change. However, I do not want to reach that point without having the experience and knowledge of other’s realities in the world. While I am young, I want to, as they say, “get my feet dirty,” by learning from those who are experiencing social injustice to understand what practices work and do not work.

Q: What led you to pursue a career with the United Nations?
During the summer of 2010, I was an advocacy assistant at the UN, where I attended meetings at the non-governmental organization level, attended general assembly meetings, and hosted two delegations- one from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and one from Sudan. To see the genuine passion, love, and care the delegates have for what they’re representing is inspiring.

Q: Speaking of inspirations, how did your servant leadership trip to Haiti change your perspective?
It was probably the most difficult experience of my life, but I was blessed with having knowledge of the region beforehand because of my education. Still, you never understand the poverty you’re going to see. You read about it all the time, but to be there in the midst of it is completely different. Yet the pure joy, energy and faith the children have is inspiring. When you hear their stories, you realize you have the responsibility to help.

Q: In Dr. Esteban’s plans for the future of the University, which parts are you most excited to see come to fruition?
One thing Seton Hall needs to improve on is the residence halls; especially being an RA I would love to see that happen.

Katie with graduates Matthew DiCarlo '11 and Alyssa Forte '11 at Pirate Pandemonium 2011, a school spirit event put on by the Student Alumni Association.
Katie Walsh
Q: Looking back on your four years at Seton Hall, what is your best memory?
Someone told me to make a bucket list of things I wanted to do at school and to cross them off as the four years went on. One of the things was to see a Red Sox vs. Yankees game, which I did with my best friend at school who is a Yankee fan. Another was to visit New York because being from Massachusetts, I had never seen the sights. Now I’ve been to the city multiple times with my friends from school. I never would have done these things if it weren’t for the people I met at Seton Hall. Still on the list is to visit the Jersey shore and to sky dive.

Q: When you weren’t crossing off bucket list items, what did you and your friends do?
One criticism I’ve heard about Seton Hall is that students get bored on the weekends. Honestly, that’s ridiculous. There’s never a weekend that I have a free moment. I take advantage of New York City by going out to dinner or seeing concerts; SHU basketball games are always intense and fun; I visit my friends in their hometowns; and I volunteer with my friends. (Seton Hall hosts trips, offers discounted museum and show tickets, and more for students’ entertainment.)

Q: What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
Get involved, and get involved quickly. You’re going to make your closest friends through what you’re involved in, so go out on a whim and do those crazy things you’ve always wanted to do.

Donate to the Seton Hall Fund to support student programs, campus initiatives, and scholarships for exemplary students like Katie. To give online visit, or to give by phone, please call (973) 378 – 9826.

For more information please contact:
Kaitlyn Calabro
(973) 378-2654


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