Kaitlyn McFarlane

Major: Secondary Education and Social Studies

Hometown: Secaucus, N.J.

What makes Caldwell University unique or special?

Caldwell’s small campus and tightly woven community make it unique. It is a wonderful experience to walk around campus and feel appreciated, noticed and taken care of. It is rare in a college setting that faculty and staff know your face and your name even if you have never had them in class. At Caldwell, the students are not just numbers, but important people who are always the first priority for the faculty and staff.

What lessons have you learned at Caldwell University?

At Caldwell University I have learned to respect God, respect myself and respect the people around me. Caldwell has instilled strong, Catholic values throughout my education, and these values are something that I can take with me and use for the rest of my life. Caldwell University has also provided me with confidence in myself and my abilities to succeed in anything I put my mind to. Because of the supportive faculty and staff, I am leaving Caldwell with a sense of being able to take on the world. I owe my future success to so many people at Caldwell University. Finally, Caldwell’s tight community has taught me to always respect the people around me. It has been a pleasure to walk around Caldwell’s campus for the last four years and feel loved. I intend to carry on my faith in others and the joy I find when meeting new people that has been instilled in me at Caldwell University.

 What are your career goals and how has Caldwell University prepared you for them?

Caldwell University has given me all of the tools to become a successful and enlightening teacher. My career goals are to be a high school social studies teacher and eventually come back to Caldwell for my master’s degree. The Education Division at Caldwell University has shared with me so many gifts and talents that I cannot possibly be more appreciative. Not only have they given me the intellectual and behavioral tools to be a great teacher, but the Education Division staff and faculty have given me the confidence and security of knowing that I will make a positive difference in my students’ lives.

 What was your biggest achievement at Caldwell University?

My two biggest achievements at Caldwell University were, first, being named the Peggy Harris Education Scholarship recipient as well as the Secondary Education Department Outstanding Achievement Award recipient. It is an honor for me to be recognized by the department that means so much to me and has shared me with so many gifts. My second biggest achievement at Caldwell University was being named a Caldwell University Scholar. I take pride in having this title and being recognized as a Caldwell Scholar. I plan to take the values instilled in me through being a Caldwell University Scholar and apply them to the rest of my life and career.

 What activities were you involved in at Caldwell University?

  • Active in campus ministry: organized, coordinated, and participated in many Midnight Run trips to New York City to feed and clothe the homeless; Long Beach Island retreat speaker; attended alternative spring break in Kentucky to build homes for the poor; assisted Students for Life group
  • Took part Caldwell University Day of Service by volunteering at a battered women’s shelter in Jersey City, N.J.
  • Attended Preaching in Action conference, Dominican College
  • Served as freshman orientation leader; peer leader; freshman class peer mentor (2010); Caldwell University Judicial Board commuter representative
  • Caldwell University Cougars softball pitcher, 2008-2009


  • Secondary Education Department Outstanding Achievement Award recipient
  • Peggy Harris Education Scholarship recipient
  • Caldwell University Scholar
  • Alpha Chi Honors Society member
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society member
  • Fava Scholarship recipient
  • Kappa Delta Epsilon member – Education Honors Society
  • Sigma Alpha Pi member
  • Kappa Gamma Pi member
  • Sigma Tau Delta member
  • Fall 2008-Spring 2012, Caldwell University dean’s list
  • Nominated for “Who’s Who Among American College and University Students”