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San Domenico School News & Events

#FacesOfSD: Co-Director of College Counseling, Katie May

Katie May serves as our Co-Director of College Counseling. After graduating from Kenyon College in (very rural) Gambier, Ohio, Katie moved back to her native Boston to pursue her Masters in School Counseling at Suffolk University. While in graduate school, Katie also worked in the undergraduate admissions office at Suffolk, sparking a passion for access and equity in the college admissions process. Upon completing her masters, Katie moved to Washington, DC and served as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the George Washington University. After three years and reading nearly 5,000 applications, Katie was ready to work with high school students more directly and made the jump from the east to the west coast to join the SD community. Outside of school, you can find Katie eating and hiking her way through the Bay Area and petting every dog she meets on the streets of Berkeley.

"My favorite part of being a member of the San Domenico community is how welcoming and inviting everyone is. As a newbie to the West Coast, I felt immediately embraced by this wonderful group of people."

Hometown: Wellesley, MA

Why did you choose to work at San Domenico?

During my interview process at SD, it became clear to me that SD was a community that encouraged students to be themselves. As someone who is responsible for guiding students through a vulnerable process that requires significant self-reflection, I was looking for a school that celebrated and valued every unique path a student could choose to take. I’m grateful to work in an environment that doesn’t treat high school simply as a means to college, but rather an enriching and important experience in and of itself.
 
What activities do you participate in at SD?

In addition to my role in college counseling, I’m also the faculty moderator for San Domenico’s Queer Student Union. It’s a wonderful way to meet and get to know students outside the framework of my traditional job.
 
What is your favorite annual event at SD?

This is a tough one, but if I had to choose I think the Upper School musical. I am not particularly musically or theatrically inclined (the understatement of the year), so I find myself constantly impressed with people who can sing, dance, or act - let alone do all three at the same time. The musical also typically falls just after the first major college deadlines, so is always a nice opportunity to unplug and witness the talents of our student body.
 
Do you have any hidden talents?

Does being able to fall asleep almost anywhere count?
 
What is a favorite city you’ve visited, and why is it special to you?

In college, I spent six months studying in Cape Town, South Africa, and have been itching to go back ever since. As a history major, I couldn’t have asked for a better or more fascinating city and country to learn about firsthand. Geographically, Cape Town reminds me of the Bay Area in many ways, which is maybe why settling into life here has felt so comfortable. You get the best of the ocean and the mountains, sprawling vineyards and a vibrant metropolitan center, all within about an hour’s radius of downtown.
 
When do you feel joyful?

Unexpectedly spotting a cute dog does the trick.
 
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?

Anything by David Sedaris. His collections of essays and short stories are definitely the most worn and re-read on my bookshelf. He is one of my favorite authors and never fails to make me laugh out loud - which would probably be helpfully distracting if stuck on an island.