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Career Connections

Kathryn Kerrigan

Here's the story

At six feet tall, Kathryn “Katie” Kerrigan was the ideal height to play basketball for Lake Forest College. But with her size 11 feet, she often had trouble finding fashionable shoes that fit, especially for formal occasions. She found that many of her basketball teammates experienced similar problems.

Meanwhile, as a politics and history double major, she was inspired by several professors who were passionate about the subjects that they taught. From them, she learned that if you truly believe in what you do chances are you will do it well, and it could be fun and rewarding. Professor of History Steven Rosswurm, in particular, also instilled life skills. “Anything rewarding requires sweat equity,” she says. “He taught me that I have to work for anything and everything.”