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Central MA College Standout: Assumption’s Kathryn Buckley

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Assumption senior Kathryn Buckley takes every chance to get involved that comes her way.

A senior at Assumption College, Kathryn Buckley is an Economics major with a concentration in Business. The Worcester resident is an intern at Private Wealth Management Group, LLC serving as a Client Services Associate. Buckley has been active in the community as a mentor with the United Way Women’s Initiative and as Co-President of Major Treble, a Women’s A Cappella Group and a member of the Assumption College Chorale. She performs at community events and organizes fundraisers. Buckley was selected for one of thirteen spots in the American Antiquarian Society Seminar and her work was published within their archives.

A Conversation with Kathryn Buckley

SW: What is the career that you envision?

KB: I am an economics major with a concentration in business. This has allowed me to discover that I want to go into the financial field. I like numbers, analyzing, and helping people.

SW: What made you choose Assumption?

KB: I wanted a school that felt like a community—friendly students, helpful professors, and plenty of ways to get involved. The professors here take the time to get to know you as a person and want to help you in any way they can. There is something for everyone to be involved in, and these groups are always welcoming more members. Assumption has opened so many doors for me, and transferring here at the beginning of my sophomore year was the best decision I could have made.

SW: What has been your most memorable class or program at school?

KB: Assumption has a program known as the Fortin & Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilizations Program, in which I have taken many classes. Every spring they offer a class with a travel component at a low cost for students to take part in. The Netherlands was our location and it was breathtaking. We spent 10 days traveling to Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Amsterdam exploring the history, art, and architecture of these locations. Bruges was my favorite, by far, with its medieval feel and quaint atmosphere. This spring the location is Paris, and I am ecstatic to be going on this trip as well.

SW: What leadership roles have you taken on campus?

KB: At Assumption, we have a student run all-female a capella group known as Major Treble. I am lucky enough to be Co-President this year. We sing at community events on and off campus. The most memorable was just last year, when we organized a benefit for the Boston Marathon because we wanted to support and give back. We look forward to doing another benefit this spring and are in the process of deciding who the charity will be.

SW: How have you been involved in within the community?

KB: During my sophomore year, I started volunteering with the United Way Women’s Initiative as a mentor. They host an event called the Dollar Scholar Program, in which they teach young women the importance of managing their money. This year I have become a member of the Membership Cultivation and Education Committee, and we generate community awareness for the Women’s Initiative. I have met some very inspirational women through this program and love spending time with young women to help them prepare for their futures.

SW: What is one thing you have learned since becoming a college student?

KB: I have learned the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity that comes along. It is a chance to meet new people, try something new, or get involved in something you might not have the chance to otherwise. An example of this for me was just last year. I was selected to participate in a semester-long seminar at the American Antiquarian Society utilizing original documents to do research. I even presented my work at Assumption’s Undergraduate Symposium. College is the time for that, so I try to say yes to opportunities no matter how out of my comfort zone it may be.

SW: Where do you go to eat when you leave campus?

KB: Worcester has so many good places worth eating at and visiting. I work downtown and often run across the street to Spoodles Deli for a Caesar wrap. When grabbing dinner, I like West Side Steak and BBQ. I always get the buffalo and BBQ chicken fingers with french fries. I also love coffee and Boston Donuts is one of my favorites because it has dozens of delicious flavors. I usually get a large iced Reeses coffee.

SW: What or who has had the greatest influence on you to date? Why?

KB: My parents have been my greatest influence since day one. They have worked hard to give my siblings and I every opportunity to succeed. They are always supportive in what we want to do and cheering us on at any event we are involved in.

SW: What would someone be surprised to learn about you?

KB: I am a golfer. Freshman year at Notre Dame Academy my Dad told me if I made the team, he would buy me a new set of clubs. To his surprise, I made the team. Senior year, playing at the number one spot, I helped my team to finish in the top 5 at the MIAA Team States. Now I will be entering my 3rd season as Assistant Coach of the NDA Team alongside my high school coach.


Central MA College Standout is a weekly feature that profiles college and university students in Central MA. Join us every Tuesday for a look at the careers and lifestyles of today’s local college student. If you have suggestions for a profile, email [email protected].

Susan D. Wagner is president of Susan Wagner PR, a boutique public relations firm invested in meeting client's goals with integrity and creativity.


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