Alumna Abby Steketee: Combining Tenacity With Compassion

Alumna Abby Steketee: Combining Tenacity With Compassion

Abby SteketeeIllustration by Bruce Morser

Abby Meadema Steketee (BS03) never expected Northwestern University to lead her to the Olympic trials in swimming.

Steketee, after all, was a rower on the crew team during her undergraduate years. And she was convinced her future involved journalism. 

But Steketee's experience with her fellow rowers, including Kat Wunderink (BS01), her coaches and her professors showed her that “commitment to excellence doesn’t require sacrificing personal care or collegiality.” Inspired by their ability to be both demanding and supportive, Steketee decided she wanted to have the same effect on others.

Steketee transferred to the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) where she majored in human development and psychological services, with the hope of building stronger connections with people as an educator. She’s now passing along what she learned at SESP in her role as the current head coach for Northwestern women’s swimming and diving program.

“My experience in SESP reflects what Maya Angelou wrote: “People will forget what you said…but people will never forget how you made them feel,” she wrote in the current issue of Northwestern Magazine. “My professors and teammates inspired me, and that’s what I hope to do for others as head coach of Northwestern women’s swimming and diving.”

Read about Steketee's Northwestern Direction in her own words in "Combining Tenacity with Compassion" in the current issue of Northwestern Magazine.  

Learn more about the human development and psychological services concentration in the School of Education and Social Policy.

By Northwestern Magazine
Last Modified: 3/7/17