Karen Bauer is fully cognizant of the significant role HNU has played in shaping her life. She says, "My four years at Holy Names were a turning point in my life. From the very beginning, the faculty taught me to live my life with passion and compassion. I remember that first day when an instructor threw rose petals in the air and began a discussion on creation. And the interactions I had with the University's international community led me to my profession.and my husband, Abdulaziz Almarshad, who was at HNU studying ESL." Today, Karen and her husband live in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she is an education advisor at the U.S. Embassy, explaining to international students the advantages of studying in the U.S. "As small as HNU is, it had a global impact on my life and the perspective it provided opened up the world for me. My closest friends to this day consist of friendships begun at HNU, and they span the globe, from the Bay Area to Europe to the Middle East." She continues, "My HNU experience - days filled with true learning experiences and priceless moments - framed me as an adult and continues to have an influence on my life every day."