Born and raised in Taunton, Massachusetts, Katie Heroux graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 2018 with a double major in history and classical studies and a concentration in peace and justice. As an undergraduate, she was the president of Habitat for Humanity’s campus chapter and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After serving with Impact America, Katie plans to continue her career working with nonprofits.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
My last semester in college I volunteered in a prison literacy program at a maximum security prison outside of Philadelphia. Working with the men in the prison, some of whom were in there for life, was a different experience than anything I had ever done before. Hearing their stories while tutoring further humanized the prison system for me. If I had the chance to participate in a similar program in the future I would definitely do it.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
During summer 2017 I traveled to Ecuador to tutor children in English. One weekend I traveled by myself to Banos. I do not speak Spanish and most people in Ecuador did not speak English. I still spent the entire weekend by myself communicating with others with minimal Spanish ability. While I was there I went on the “Swing At the End of the World” which was breathtakingly beautiful and terrifying. I also went into the Amazon rainforest where I swam in the water under a waterfall and had a mud mask. It was an incredible weekend!

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I am such an NCAA basketball fan, but only since attending Villanova. I didn’t even know the rules of a basketball game until I went to my first Villanova game my freshman year of college. Now I watch all of the March Madness games, I know all the Villanova players and most players from other teams, and I watch the NBA draft to see who did well. It doesn’t hurt that Villanova won two national championships during my four years there!