Kate (Gardner) Pietrovito, BS
Hometown: Originally from East Bridgewater, Mass., I now reside in Worcester.
Degree earned at WPI: BS in Professional Writing; minor in Biology and International Studies
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I actually chose WPI for the combined veterinary degree with Tufts. I had worked for a couple of years as a technician at an animal hospital, but as fate would have it, I developed a cat allergy and reconsidered my career path. I found Technical, Scientific, and Professional Communication (TSPC), now Professional Writing, by reading the course catalog front to back. I met shortly after with the head of the program and never looked back—I knew it was a great fit for me.
How did your studies and experiences at WPI prepare you for graduate school?
My graduate school pathway was truly just an extension of my academic experience at WPI—I attended to provide myself a leg up in the future when I was looking to further my career. WPI prepared me well with a focus on group work, communication, and a well-rounded curriculum.
Present job title and employer:
Senior Specialist, shortly to be manager, in Medical Affairs at Hologic
How do you feel your experiences at WPI prepared you for working in your field?
I loved that the writing program allowed me to break the mold and find something that really fit my personal strengths. The faculty members were very hands-on in developing skills and finding the niche that will allow a student to blaze a trail in the work force.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepared you for facing real-world challenges in the workplace?
I work in a cross-functional role (touching clinical affairs, R&D, product marketing, and medical education), and my experience working in teams and communicating effectively has been very beneficial.
Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
- Alpha Gamma Delta
- Interstate 8 (all female a capella)
- Crimson Key (tour guide)
I am still so grateful to have found the Professional Writing program and that I was able to thrive in that unique circumstance.