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Buccaneer Spotlight - John Kato

March 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

John Kato: Class of 2007

Sport(s): Men’s SoccerJohn Kato

Chicago, Illinois – Northridge Preparatory High School (Niles, IL)

Major: Economics

Minor: Mathematics

How did you find out about Beloit? Did you know a lot about Beloit when you first visited campus?

I first heard about Beloit my junior year in high school when Tim Schmiechen recruited me.  I knew very little except that Beloit was a small liberal arts school in Wisconsin.

We are focusing a lot on Liberal Arts in Practice at Beloit; so as part of what you practice(d) name one aspect that you took away(will take) from being a Beloit student-athlete that you use in your everyday life.

As a student athlete at Beloit, I learned the importance of team work, discipline, time management, communication, sacrifice, determination and competitive drive.  These are skills that I use on a daily basis to be a successful US Treasury bond trader. 

What (if any) accolades did you receive (Academically/Athletically) while being a student-athlete?

I graduated Summa cum Laude and I was academic All Conference all four years.

If you could name one class or professor (mentor) that really meant something to you while at Beloit, who or what would that be?

Quantitative Methods and Management because it taught me critical thinking skills and to keep things simple and concise. Every experience and interaction I had at Beloit was genuine and real. I felt the faculty and administration really cared that I succeeded after college.

 Name one of the most rewarding experiences you took part in while at Beloit College

Beating St. Norberts in soccer my senior year.  At that time they were the best in the conference and they had won the conference the past several years.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Name a career goal/aspiration you strive for.

Ideally I would like to be in the same career except trading more products for bigger size and more successful than now.  I like that every day is different than the day before and the financial markets always push and challenge you.  

In ONE word I would sum up Beloit College as – “PERSONAL