Katherine Fetter Stitch

Class Year: 

2004
Hometown: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA

Language: 

Chinese (Mandarin)

While she was born just outside of Philadelphia, Katie took a circuitous path to Penn: She went to boarding school in Concord, New Hampshire and spent a year of high school living with a Chinese family in Beijing.  After her experiences abroad, she knew she wanted to spend more time learning Chinese and living in Asia, so Huntsman was a natural fit.  Once on campus, Katie played squash for Penn and served on the Wharton Dean's Undergraduate Advisory Board, which she co-chaired during her senior year.  She loved how being at a university of Penn's size enabled her to make friends through so many different channels: Huntsman, Wharton, sports teams and other extracurricular activities.  Through a friendship with an expatriate in Beijing, Katie secured an internship for herself and two Huntsman classmates at an international public relations and marketing agency while in China for her semester abroad.  The internship gave her the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects, including conferences on the Chinese economy and a media conference for international media leaders and foreign dignitaries.  Katie thoroughly enjoyed both of her Beijing experiences and also gained a lot from a six day sojourn in Tibet with some of her Huntsman classmates. 

Katie's experiences in China continued to impact her life even after she returned to the United States.  Her Huntsman thesis dealt with the 2008 Beijing Olympics and she is still in close touch with her Chinese host family.  While in Beijing, Katie ran her first half-marathon and since then, she has participated in several more long-distance road races, including the 2008 New York City Marathon.  Upon graduating from Penn, Katie worked as an investment banking analyst before moving to the buy-side.  She has spent the last three years working for a private equity firm in New York.