Growing up as a triplet, she was the leader among her siblings and often took care of them. O’Hara was attracted to the Whitman School for its leadership opportunities and ability to cultivate the talents of students.
“When I visited I could tell everyone was a family here and everyone cared not only about what students are doing but why they are doing it,” said Caitlin.
Since coming to the Whitman School, O’Hara has become the project leader for Team Guatemala, an Enactus project that sells products made by women in Guatemala and sends the proceeds back in the form of scholarships for their daughters. As the project leader, she has spent significant time training new members on how to run sales and hopefully, run the entire project in the future. She’s also been involved in a number of different organizations at Syracuse University such as the Women’s Club Softball Team, Global Abroad Ambassadors and the honors college.
O’Hara spent last summer interning in the audit department of PwC, a global accounting service that handles public and private clients.
“I took an accounting class and found that I just really liked accounting,” said O’Hara.
O’Hara will be returning to PWC full-time in the fall. She also hopes to one day attend law school. Through the SU Abroad program, she spent a semester in Hong Kong and had the opportunity to intern at Mayor Brown JSM in the Intellectual Property, Technology Media and Telecommunications department. While she was there she had the opportunity to conduct research for partners and associates.
“For me, it’s always been about the why. I really care about the things that I do,” said O’Hara.
O’Hara derived her work ethic from the purpose behind the activities. She wants to be remembered as someone that didn’t’ just do things for the sake of doing them but got involved because she truly cared about the effect of her work.