Oct 5

Student Spotlight – Katie Melind ’19

Loves About Brebeuf

I love that Brebeuf is all about being reflective. For example, in community service class, we were not allowed to just get the 30 hours done and call it a day. We had to fill out journal entries about our experiences with marginalized communities and link their struggles to public policy issues. At Brebeuf, everything has a deeper meaning or purpose. We are encouraged to look beneath the surface of what we are learning, and I am really grateful to have made a habit of that.

Future Plans

I would like to live in an urban environment, hopefully working in the field of sustainable business or environmental policy. I am applying to five schools, all in large cities, with Loyola University of Chicago being my favorite. Long term, I would like to have a few dogs, an electric car, and a stationery store.

Teams & Co-Curriculars

Co-President of Conservation Club
Leader in Social Justice Club
Student Athletic Leadership Team
National Honor Society Officer
Varsity Crew
Chicago Immersion Trip 2018
New Orleans Habitat for Humanity Trip 2017

Random Facts

A few years ago, both of my parents were moving and one of them was renovating our new home, so I had five houses all at once.
I have been vegetarian for almost three years.
I love buying and borrowing books, but I only end up reading about 15% of them. I guess I’m more of a collector than a reader.
When playing The Voting Game with my friends, I was voted the person they would hire to plan their weddings.

What is your current favorite show or series on tv, Netflix, etc?

Recently I’ve been loving Arrested Development and Portlandia.
My current favorites vary week to week, but my all time favorite tv show is Gilmore Girls.

The best part of being a senior is….

The fact that it is normal to talk about college. I have always loved talking about being independent, thinking about my future dorm room, and classes. This year it is normal to obsess over college…the past three years, not so much. Also, leaving school to get bagels and coffee with my friends is great.

Tell us about the bottle cap collecting project you are spearheading….

With the help of Ms. Russell (librarian) and my co-president Niels Casperson ’19, Conservation Club is looking to collect 250 pounds of plastic bottle caps and lids which will be melted down and made into a bench! We will be dedicating the bench to Padre (Fr. George Menke, S.J.).
Parents, teachers, and students, please bring in caps and lids from home! We would greatly appreciate your contribution to the project.

Where would you travel if time and money weren’t an issue?

I would make the 4,153 mile journey to Amsterdam, Netherlands. They are leading the world in sustainability efforts and environmental architecture. Also, the homes and buildings there are beautiful.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Golden hour.

When something I’m learning in school really ‘clicks’ in my head.

A nice breeze.

When someone does something really thoughtful for me like sending me a song they think I would enjoy or a funny tweet.