Henry Gathje ’25 is both a nursing student and a Cardinal catcher
Henry Gathje ’25 hopes one day to work as a travel nurse in underserved and impoverished communities; it’s his dream to improve lives. Until then, he’s proving that it’s possible to be both a nursing student and be fully immersed in student activities — like serving as a catcher for the Cardinal baseball team.
“Being in the nursing cohort and on the baseball team provides me with a strong sense of purpose and belonging,” he said. “They both help me manage my time in order to create a healthy balance between academics and athletics. My baseball team highly emphasizes the importance of being a good person, being a great teammate, caring, and working extremely hard. These adopted values translate into any professional career — especially nursing.”
Gathje came to Saint Mary’s to experience the best of both worlds, participating in college life to its fullest while working toward his dream career of being a nurse — from Day One on campus. That’s something that sets Saint Mary’s apart from the competition.
He is one of 30 current nursing students in Winona. Next fall between 60-80 students will be enrolled in the growing program.
Learn more about Saint Mary’s undergraduate nursing degree program at: smumn.edu/nursing.