Caroline Ihlefeld graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2020 with a psychology major. A native of Fairfield, CT, she spent her first year after graduating working as a patient advocate at the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital while also pursuing her master’s in industrial/organizational psychology from Sacred Heart University. After she completed her master’s degree, she moved to Boston, MA and began working as a talent development coordinator at Vantage Partners, a management consulting firm.

She shared some of her favorite memories of her time at Saint Anselm College.

Were you involved in any clubs or organizations on campus? When and how did you get involved?

I was involved in a number of campus clubs and organizations, including SGA, New Student Orientation, Student Alumni Ambassadors, the College Judiciary Board, Psychology Department Ambassadors, & the College Choir. For much of these, I didn’t get involved until my sophomore or junior year- it’s never too late!

What internship/research opportunities did you participate in?

During my junior year, I did an independent study with a local clinical neuropsychologist and Dr. Kathleen Flannery, which prepared me for my senior thesis. I also participated in service learning at the Manchester Police Athletic League and interned during my senior year at Pine Haven Boys Center.

What was your favorite thing to do on campus?

My favorite thing to do on campus was attend sporting events to support classmates and friends.

Where was your favorite place to study?

My favorite place to study was in the Jean Student Center. I miss being able to go there and study, while also being surrounded by friendly and supportive faces.

What made you choose Saint Anselm College?

I chose Saint A's because when I stepped foot on campus for the first time, it felt like home. My instincts about it were 100% correct - it quickly became a home to me, and has brought me friends that are like family, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Who was your favorite professor or mentor on campus?

My mentor on campus was Dr. Kathleen Flannery, who I worked closely with on a number of projects. I would not have made it through without her! I would also be remiss to not mention Dr. Elizabeth Rickenbach, who taught both my first ever and last ever classes at Saint A's- General Psychology and Senior Internship. She saw me through many challenges, and was so positively impactful on my time at Saint Anselm College.