Recent St. Catherine University graduate Abshiro Tobe is dedicated to her family — and health care. As one of ten kids, Tobe is the third to graduate from college in her family so far. Tobe majored in respiratory therapy and received the WCA Foundation Scholarship this past year. “I was inspired to be a respiratory therapist because my little brother has asthma, and my oldest brother is a respiratory therapist.”
St. Catherine University was a natural choice for Tobe because her top priorities were an all-women college and proximity to her home. “My favorite part of St. Kate’s is the small community feel. Everybody is really nice and you could get help anywhere.” Tobe spends most of her time committed to her field of study — working for the past two years at Hennepin County Medical Center as a respiratory assistant earned her a full-time position after graduating this past May. Tobe was also a member of the Muslim Student Association, the Respiratory Care Club and Katie’s Entrepreneurship Club.
Tobe attributes her academic and extra-curricular success to St. Kate’s and financial aid. “The WCA Foundation Scholarship allowed me to work less outside of school and focus on my studies. Because of aid, I didn’t have to take out a ton of loans, and that lifted a heavy burden. St. Kate’s has great counselors, too.” As a recent grad, Tobe lives in Minneapolis with her family, works full time, and is fulfilling her dreams as a respiratory therapist assistant. Next, she says, is graduate school.