• Alexa Lee

    Alexa Lee

    Class of 2017
    Esko, MN

    Alexa's Bio:
    I was born and raised in the Twin Ports area and am the youngest of five kids. I always wait until the last minute to do really important things (bad habit). In my spare time I love to dance and was on the Dance Team here at CSS.

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

Attending a Catholic College as a Non-Catholic

The College of St. Scholastica is a Private, Catholic college that has a chapel and Sisters on campus. Does that mean you have to be Catholic to go there? Absolutely not! In fact, the majority of faculty, staff, and students do not identify as Catholic. I personally do not practice Catholicism, but I still chose this school. Why? Well, for starters, CSS is open to all race, sexuality, genders, religions, and any other identifying constructions. I felt this when I was on my tour during my senior year of high school. Everybody smiled at me, people held open the doors, and I just got a good feeling in my gut. As I started classes, that feeling remained as my professors learned my name and gave me a personalized CSS experience – no one started shoving a religion in a my face and forced me to believe something I didn’t want to. While there is a chapel on campus, students are not required to attend Mass, but the church is always very welcoming. Students are required to take a religion credit, but there is a wide variety of classes to take from Intro to Catholicism, Into to the Bible, or Women in Religion to name a few. Some religion classes involve learning mostly about history and culture. There are people who are Jewish, Atheist, Lutheran and other religions that attend Scholastica. The school does follow their five Benedictine Values: Community, Respect, Hospitality, Stewardship, and Love of Learning. These values are incorporated in every-day life at CSS, but following these values help you become a better person, and everyone can always do that. I love CSS because it has been the right fit for me and it became my home. The fact that it is a Catholic college was daunting at first, but people can still find their place here regardless of their religion. I know I sure did!

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