Katherine Honold Righi graduated from Washington College in 2008 with a BA in history and a minor in earth and planetary science.
She was actively involved with many groups on campus. During her senior year Katherine served as editor-in-chief of The Elm. After graduation she lived and worked in Cork, Ireland, for a year. Currently Katherine is living in the New York City area and works in the consulting industry. She is also completing a Masters in counseling psychology.
A firm believer in giving back to the community, Katherine is involved in many volunteer organizations including New Jersey Needs You, is a founding adult advisor of Summit Venture Scouts, and, of course, volunteers for Washington College in several capacities.
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Fall 2010 Update
After getting married in October 2009, my husband, Brandon, and I moved to Ireland for a year long Work-Holiday. We’re riding out the recession working in Cork and traveling throughout Europe. I’m currently working in a ladies golf shop, and also doing office work for Eurostyle, one of Europe’s largest designers and distributors of golf clothing. Since living in Ireland, I’ve gotten involved doing volunteer work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and have joined the Cork Backpackers Club. I plan to return to the United States for good in November of 2010 and look forward to reuniting with college friends and classmates.
- Major: History
- Minor: Earth and Planetary Science
- Editor-in-Chief: The Elm
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- Omicron Delta Kappa
- Cater Society of Junior Fellows
- Class of 2008 Class Council
- Admissions Tour Guide
Story Of Revolution, Fall 2007
From teaching and technical writing to majoring in history and editing the student newspaper, Katherine Honold’s time at Washington College took her out of her comfort zone but exceeded her expectations.
“I didn’t know anyone before I came,” she remembered, “but the freshman experience here jumpstarts your college career.”
Katherine quickly developed close friendships with classmates who contributed to her personal development. The editor-in-chief of The Elm during her senior year, Katherine first became involved with the paper after a friend invited her to tag along to a general interest meeting; now, she’s considering careers in journalism or environmental writing.
“This school really allows students to become independent, to take their own path and come into their own,” she said.
During the fall of her junior year, Katherine’s path took her across the Atlantic to a semester-long study abroad program in Ireland.
“It definitely changed my life, just to go someplace completely foreign. I had never been exposed to that culture before. It’s really great to find out that you can manage on your own,” Katherine said.
At the University College Cork, Katherine, who completed her senior capstone on the relationship of church and state in Ireland, studied the conflict between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and met with members of Parliament in the Republic and in Belfast to get both sides of the story.
Though conflict has bitterly divided Ireland for years, Katherine remembers her time there as fun and exciting.
“The people are so welcoming and friendly, and the program is great too because you’re not just going to Washington College in Ireland. You attend another university and are immersed in the culture.”
Still, Katherine was happy to return to her friends and classes in Chestertown. “At University College Cork, there were 14,000 students. Here, you’re so much more integral to the community,” she said. “You’re able to accomplish a lot and be recognized for it because it’s a small school and your professors encourage you to get involved, and there are so many things to get involved with here.”
Though she packed so much into her four short years, Katherine said, “It really flew by.”