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Catherine McGovern has flourished in and out of the classroom at Union Catholic

In our latest installment of Feature Friday, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic senior Catherine McGovern.
McGovern, who lives in Westfield, is an Honor Roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, a Student Ambassador, a member of the Student Council, and is on the swim team at UC.
Here is our Q and A with McGovern -
You do such a great job representing UC! What does it mean to you to represent the school as a Student Ambassador and what’s the best thing about being an Ambassador?
Thank you! Being a Student Ambassador is meaningful to me because one of my first impressions of UC was the community and the Student Ambassadors who were so involved at the admissions events. It’s crazy to think that I could now have that same lasting impression on prospective students and their families. The best thing about being an Ambassador is getting the opportunity to give back to UC. I love interacting with prospective students and telling them about what a great school UC is. 
You are such a well-rounded student at UC. Can you list everything else you are involved in at UC besides being an Ambassador (clubs etc)?
Besides being a Student Ambassador, I’m a Media Representative for Student Council, an Executive Member of the Service Club, member of the Connection Crew, and I swim on the Varsity team. 
Can you list all the awards/honors you have received at UC? Honor Roll, academic awards etc?
I’m made First Honors every marking period my four years at UC. I’ve also been inducted into the National Honor Society and the World Language Honor Society for French. I’ve also been awarded the Eldon M. Hammeke Scholarship, and the Sister M. Eloise Claire Kays, RSM Endowed Scholarship. 
Can you explain how the balance between academics, and extracurricular activities has helped you become a better student, and how important it is to be involved in different things?
In order to become a well-rounded person you need a mixture of everything and not just focus on one thing. Having a mixture of both academics and extra circulars in your life gives you an education that is filled with learning both in and outside of the classroom containing socialization, a sense of community, and intellectual instruction. 
What do you love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?
What I love most about being a student at Union Catholic is the family atmosphere. The students, teachers, and administration really care about the students and their success. It’s a really supportive community that I know I will be a part of even after I leave UC. 
Why and how did you decide that UC was the place for you to be? What was it about UC that made you want to be a student here?
I decided that UC was the place for me because it was a co-ed, catholic environment focused on the needs of the students with a family-centered atmosphere. I visited other schools and nothing compared to the way I felt at UC. I wanted to be a student at UC because I knew that the education I would receive would be in a nurturing environment filled with catholic school values paired with technology. 
What kind of advice would you give to younger students who are considering attending UC? Why should they come to UC and what will UC give them that they won’t be able to find at other schools?
UC is a once in a lifetime experience to be a part of a forever family! You should come to UC to be a part of our diverse student body where the opportunities for you to get involved and find your niche are endless. 
What specifically can you point to as the things that you’ve benefited from the most from your experience as a student at UC?
I’ve benefited a lot from the electives that UC has to offer. Without the option of the electives, I would have never known what field I wanted to go into for college. I took Developmental Psychology with Mrs. Rossi junior year for her famous egg baby project, but I came out of the class wanting to continue studying Psychology in the future. 
I’ve also benefited from the various clubs and athletics UC has to offer because they gave me really great friends and new experiences I never thought I would have. 
How about the future, Catherine? What schools are you looking at right now to continue your academic career?
I’m still waiting to hear back from some schools but my top three right now are Marist College, Salve Regina University, and Villanova. 
What would you like to major in? What type of career would you like to pursue? 
I want to major in Psychology, however, I’m not 100% sure what specific career I want to go into, but I know I want to help those who struggle with mental illness and/or traumatic events. 
What is something about yourself that most people don’t know? Maybe a hidden talent or hobby?
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved taking videos of things I want to remember and editing them together with music to make the memories more magical.
Favorite thing to do in your spare time?  
I’m attempting to learn how to cook! I also love watching movies with my younger brother, Patrick. 
Favorite class and teacher at UC?
French 4H with Madame Ciringione 
Favorite UC Moments?
Walking out at the Pep Rally for the first time and being chosen to be part of the Ambassador program
Favorite UC Event?
Open Houses
Favorite UC Core Value and why?
Community because our communities shape how we live our lives and raise us to who we are meant to be. 
Life Motto:
You have to take every day, one step at a time in order to achieve your goals.
One word to describe your UC experience?
Share one tip for members of the Class of 2024?
Make sure you get as involved as you can and savor every moment!
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