Sometimes the best thing about college is that it brings you places you never expected to go. When Katherine Day arrived at UConn, she planned to study business, but before long discovered her passion for another field entirely: landscape architecture. Not only did she love the subject and the work, but found the department a home away from home, alongside her peers and professors.
After graduation, she’s pursuing that passion to a position with a civil engineering firm, but will always be able to draw on her memories and experiences at UConn – and come back for plenty of Dairy Bar ice cream.
Why did you choose UConn?
I chose UConn because I was looking for a school not too far from home that offered a variety of majors and extracurriculars. UConn promotes a great sense of community and I knew I made the right decision during my first semester here.
What’s your major and why did you choose it?
I started UConn thinking I wanted to be a business major and soon found out it was not for me. Through a general education course, I found landscape architecture. I studied abroad for 3 weeks with the landscape architecture program coordinator and an adjunct professor and created a strong interest in the profession. I then switched my major and love what I do now.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will be working at a civil engineering firm called BL Companies in Meriden. My position will be Landscape Specialist. I interned there last summer and I am excited to start full-time after I graduate.
What activities were you involved with as a student?
As a student, I was actively involved in the UConn Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. As a senior, I was the Vice President and I was able to help other students learn more about our major as well as coordinate events and speakers for all of us as major to come together.
How has UConn prepared you for the next chapter in life?
UConn has prepared me for the next chapter in my life by providing me with the best education and faculty I could ask for. I feel ready to start my career and I am grateful for my experiences at UConn.
What’s one thing that surprised you about UConn?
One thing that surprised me bout UConn was the sense of belonging. I feel important and cared about by my professors and student peers. In such a small major, you get close to everyone and the landscape architecture department really feels like a family.
Any advice for incoming first-year students?
My advice for first year students is to find balance in life. It is important to be a great student and focus on school, but also take time for yourself and enjoy your years in college.
What’s one thing every student should do during their time at UConn?
One thing every student at UConn should do during their time here is explore the campus. There is definitely a lot of hidden gems and even great study spots to visit.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor at UConn is Mariana Fragomeni. She was my advisor, as well as one of my professors for a few semesters. She knows how to connect with her students and gave me great career advice for my future.
What’s one thing that will always make you think of UConn?
Ice Cream! The Dairy Bar will be missed!