Zachary Klemer

Graduation: Fall 2017

Major: Finance

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

“I enjoy hiking, anything out on the water, and reading.”

What is your least favorite trend?

“I dislike excessive bumper stickers, I’ve seen cars with 20+ stickers on them. No one can read all of those, I feel like we need a new law limiting bumper stickers to a max of 4 per car.”

What is your favorite view in Duluth?

“I really like the view from the end of the pier at night when the hillside is glowing from the city lights.”

What do you like about the community at Newman?

“The community of Newman is incredible, I honestly believed they were too happy before I became Catholic. Now I’m one of them, and I can honestly say the happiness and joy is genuine. I think the reason why the community is so phenomenal is because we all have the same goal of getting to heaven and becoming saints. Also, we have all been through hardships, and we all remember the difference that one friend or family member made in helping us get through it, and we all want to pay that compassion forward to whoever needs it next.”

Why should other students at UMD come to an event? 

“Well you’ve got pretty decent odds there will be free food, so that’s always a plus. The people there are kind and welcoming, and honestly Catholicism has a lot of misconceptions surrounding it. So any one who is curious should take that chance to hear it from someone rather than a computer screen. And you’ll probably come out of it with a new friend or the very least a great conversation.”

What advice would you give Catholic high school seniors who are anxious about college next year? 

“I would say what helped me the most was the people I surrounded myself with. If I hadn’t had such great friends and my family I’m not sure if I would have made it. So find good friends that have good lifestyles, and remember that you’re worth doesn’t come from a piece of paper so don’t let it control all your life decisions.”