Grace Evans

Expected Graduation: Spring 2024

Major: Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Studies

What’s your major and your expected graduation?
Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Studies. My expected graduation is Spring 2024.

What are your hobbies/interests?
I like to go to the beaches in Duluth and look for agates. Hiking is also one of my favorite things to do, cooking for my friends and exploring all the cute coffee shops Duluth has to offer.

Why did you choose UMD for college?
My decision to come to Duluth wasn’t necessarily what I really wanted, but I had a choice between Duluth and two other schools. At the time, I didn’t believe in God, but I know that He was working in abundance because I couldn’t afford St. Marys in Winona and Hamline in Saint Paul, and I just didn’t enjoy the campus tour. Duluth I never got to tour either, so I came into college blindly, and all I knew was I loved the lake and visiting Duluth growing up.

What is your favorite part about being a part of the BulldogCatholic community?
I love the BulldogCatholic community because authentic love and joy are abundant in everyone you encounter. When I first started to come around to Newman, I was an atheist, and after coming to a handful of events, I had experienced so much joy and love that I began to question myself and what I believed. Never in my life had I experienced that kind of love and joy, so I knew its source was not of this world. You are loved in abundance in this community.

Why should someone come to a Bulldog Catholic event?
If you desire a community on fire for the Lord, any Bulldog Catholic event would be perfect to experience that. If you desire genuine friendship or to grow your relationship with the Lord, Bulldog Catholic events would be ideal to fulfill that. The goal of any Newman event is to make you feel seen, known, and loved, so as a community, we desire to grow and welcome everyone. Coming to any Bulldog Catholic event will grant you the opportunity to experience the Lord’s presence within the community, but you will also experience so much joy because, as a community, we want you to be there.

What would you tell a high school senior looking for the right college?
Pros and cons, choose where you feel at home, do what you feel is right in your heart make sure you go where they have your programs money is a factor, but it should always be the determining factor.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned while in college?
Get involved and find a community. When you go to school, seeking community to have a life outside school is essential. Between class, homework, studying, and exams. Finding a community that supports you in everything and a community that allows you to unwind and be yourself can genuinely change your experience at school. 

Who is your favorite Saint and quote from them?
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.” Pope Saint John Paul II

What has been your favorite memory in college?
My favorite memory so far was Easter Vigil this year. I was baptized, received into the church, and received holy communion. It was an incredible experience, almost indescribable.

What’s the most useless talent you have?
I can wiggle my nose like a bunny rabbit.