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.


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