Don’t be fooled. My name may be in the title, but Cath in College would be nothing without these folks…

You’ve probably been recognizing some recurring faces in the videos and photos of the CiC universe. To get you into the jam as quickly as possible, here’s a quick ‘n’ dirty cheat-sheet for learning the names, faces, and personalities of some of the most common CiC characters.

Here are some of the people you’ll probably see around, in the order of who I’d save first in a zoonotic apocalypse! (Jk it’s alphabetical)


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Cath calls him: Cookie

Hometown: Minnesota. The whole state.

Major: Biology

Description: Allan is a Biology major on the pre-med track, co-captain of the Men’s Ultimate frisbee team, and the big brother to three awesome little siblings. He also has zero percent body fat. Junior year, Allan staffed in a four-class dorm called Roble. His residents loved him so much, they made an Instagram just for his butt. Allan is known for his eclectic slang vocabulary, which includes words like “bop” and “biddie,” though he now claims he’s moving away from singular words and towards catchphrases like “there are worse tragedies” and “you win some, you lose most.”

Known by CiC fans as: “F*cking savage.”

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Cath calls him: Benji buns

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Major: Earth Systems Engineering with an Urban focus

Description: Benji is the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, man-bunned beauty from the Bible belt. (Gold star for alliteration, thx.) He has a tattoo of the Tennessee state flag on his right shoulder blade, speaks Japanese proficiently, and is rarely ever wearing more than a pair of boxers and crocs. (I swear I’m not making any of this up.) He likes cuddling, hanging out with his awesome friends from home, and giving Thomas sh*t for not going to the gym with him. Benji is on record for having the hangout room 4 years in a row, living with Allan freshman year, Thomas sophomore year, Conner junior year, and Thomas again senior year.

Known by CiC fans as: “Literally so adorable and has the cutest lil smile,” and a “human golden retriever.”

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Cath calls her: Cal

Hometown: Denver, CO

Major: Management Science and Engineering

Description: Calli is everyone’s girl crush– and for good reason! She’s a tall, athletic, quick-witted, laid-back, self-assured badass. Calli is on the Stanford Women’s Golf team and helped them win the national championship her freshman year. Calli’s eating habits have been detailed by the likes of Golfweek and CiC readers like you. Calli lived with Cath, Shannon, and Slim in the Octopussy suite sophomore year, and lived with Shannon in a (sh*tty) one-room double junior year. Sorry, guys. “You win some, you lose most.” – Allan.

Known by CiC fans as: “Super chill. The type of girl who would be down for anything, from going to a party to watching the entire Harry Potter marathon.”

Cath (That’s me!)

Name: Catherine Goetze, written as Götze when I feel like it

Hometown: Barrington, IL

Major: Science, Technology, and Society with a focus in Media and Communication

Description: The creator and owner of Cath in College, holla. I lived with Calli, Shannon, and Slim on West campus sophomore year, and freshman year I lived with Allan, Benji, Conner, Chris, Raj, Michelle, Thomas, and Shannon in our freshman dorm, Larkin. Junior year I staffed as an RA in an all-frosh dorm called Cedro. Now, I staff in a house on the upper row called Pluto. On campus, I’m involved with Stanford Women in Business, and twice a week I waitress at a restaurant in downtown Palo Alto. I’m passionate about keeping it real online, the responsibility of the mass media (and those who work with them,) and traveling the globe. Click here for a run-down on why I do this blog thing.

Known by CiC fans as: “Friendly and motivated. Kinda like a butterfly,” and “the Beyonce of the college world.


Cath calls him: Christopher

Hometown: Denver, CO

Major: Mathematical and Computational Science

Description: Known for his proclivity to flail his limbs when the beat drops, Chris likes to spend his time reading New York Times articles and listening to very loud music on his very big speakers. (Sometimes simultaneously.) Chris lived in Larkin along with most of us freshman year, and was roommates with Conner sophomore year. Chris is a tour guide at the Stanford Visitors Center, and if you’re coming to visit Stanford you should definitely call in advance and find out when he’s touring just so you can meet him. (I don’t know if you can do that but it’s worth a shot, I guess.)

Known by CiC fans as: “A goofy, intelligent guy,” “Chill + smart,” and possessing an “aura of nerdy cool.”


Cath calls him: Bear

Hometown: Sugarland, TX

Major: Computer Science

Description: Conner–WITH AN ‘E’–is a native Texan, but has worked and lived for the past three summers in Tokyo, New York, and Palo Alto. He likes breakfast tacos, YouTube videos, and any book by John Green. Conner is a CS106 TA and is involved in Kids with Dreams, a student group that orchestrates extracurricular activities for local children with disabilities. Again, that’s ConnEr. With an ‘e’.

Known by CiC fans as: “Inexplicably cute and smart.”


Cath calls her: Gabriela

Hometown: Woodstock, MD

(Double!) Major: International relations and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Also pursuing a Masters in Earth Systems. (Yes, you read that right.)

Description: Gabriela is the hippie friend you always wondered what it would be like to have. Called “Gabby” by some, but her full name by Cath, she’s woke, she’s passionate, and she WILL pee on the side of the road if there isn’t a bathroom around. On top of being the first to get the party started on the dancefloor, she’s highly observant, compassionate, and sharp as a blade. She’ll toss deep, world-flipping questions your way, and won’t even blink when you throw one back. And as ~chilllll~ as she is, there’s one thing she has ZERO tolerance for: Tardiness.

Known by CiC fans as: “A gorgeous model.”


Cath calls him: JoJo

Hometown: Morristown, NJ

Major: Physics

Description: The man your mother always hoped you’d marry, Joey is the sweet, honest, down-to-earth guy you’ll find lugging around huge lacrosse bags with those mitts he calls hands. (Seriously, they’re like dinner plates.) Joey’s always down to attend mass with Cath (and Chris, when he wakes up on time)– and he’s always down for an adventure. Like the time Cath kidnapped everyone to go to Half Moon Bay at midnight! Joey loves visor sunglasses, having a six pack, dabbing ironically, and living with Raj. (They might actually be in love. TBD.)

Known by CiC fans as: “All-American,” “That boi fine,” and “A living legend.”

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Cath calls her: Mich

Hometown: Waco, TX

Major: Economics

Description: Known by the masses as “Party Michelle”, Lil Mama Mich is the all-hailed queen of any celebratory gathering. She may be petite, but her liver can probably handle twice as much as the rest of us combined. Sophomore year, she took the cake for the most ironic leadership position as Risk Management Chair for her sorority, Alpha Phi. Gotta love it.

Known by CiC fans as: “The girl who parties a lot and acts all silly but is ‘actually’ pretty smart.”

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Cath calls him: Raj Paj

Hometown: The D

Major: Mathematics

Description: Also known as Dirty Acid Prince Raj, Raj has been dubbed the quiet sexy one of the CiC cast. Many are (rightfully) attracted to his introverted demeanor contrasted against his inclination to party quite hard— That, and of course his devilishly handsome looks. Raj is the only person to ever have a post written purely about him on Cath in College for the SAKE of having a post written purely about him. You can read it HERE.

Known by CiC fans as: “Quieter than the others but only because he values his words and chooses them wisely, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t gregarious with his friends, especially once you get to know him. He also seems loyal, hardworking and a lot of fun. Also, he is under appreciated.” #directquote

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Cath calls her: Shan or Tito

Hometown: ???

Major: Science, Technology and Society

Description: By far the best traveled of the bunch, Shannon has lived in every corner of the world, including France, Switzerland, South Africa, Indonesia, and some random islands in the Pacific ocean nobody’s ever heard of. (Hence the absence of a “hometown.”) As a result of her worldly upbringing, Shannon speaks French and German fluently in addition to English. She is a member of the French national women’s golf team, and along with Calli, is also a member of the Stanford Women’s golf team. Shannon was my OG college roomie– we shared a small one-room double in Larkin our freshman year 🙂

Known by CiC fans as: “Super sassy and I love it” and “most likely to be ID’d when she’s 30.” Probably.


Cath calls her: Slim

Hometown: Minnesota. The whole state, just like Allan.

Major: Urban Studies (and a History minor!)

Description: You can call her Slim, you can call her Sungmoon, just don’t FOR ANY REASON call her Slippers. Well-traveled by choice as opposed to circumstance, Slim has traveled the expanses of the globe in her own right, spontaneously swooping up cheap plane tickets when she can and sometimes bringing me along with her. Slim enjoys taking beautiful photographs and watching all of the Harry Potter movies on repeat. She lived in the Octopussy suite for the majority of sophomore year until she moved to Florence, Italy to study abroad spring quarter. Slim then spent a quarter studying in New York. She’s probably bartending in Paris or something right now.

Known by CiC fans as: “Thick.”

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Cath calls him: TJ

Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA, AKA “The hood”

Major: Computer Science

Description: A lover of all the most generic, sh*ttiest pop music, Thomas kicked off his Stanford career in a 2 quarter-long wager in which he had to call Benji “Big Poppa,” lest he were willing to face the dire consequence of a mean, one-foot slap across the face, served up by young Benjamin himself. This anecdote isn’t super relevant to conveying Thomas’s personality, I just think it’s funny. Thomas was the honorary 3rd roommate in Benji and Allan’s room our freshman year, and lived with Benji for the majority of sophomore year before studying abroad in Madrid. Junior year, he staffed as an RCC (Resident Computer Consultant) in Trancos. He had a sign next to his door that read, “Did you try Googling it?”

Known by CiC fans as: “Like a taller, darker haired, more masculine Justin Bieber.”

Team CiC

Cath in College is lucky enough to have a team that reaches far beyond just Cath. These awesome folks help with everything from marketing to content to production. 


Anushka is from a small city in northern India called Chandigarh. She is currently a freshman at USC pursuing a double major in International Relations and Economics. Anushka enjoys good quotes, the ocean, Italian food, EDM, dancing and waffles. She is fluent in six languages (English, Hindi, French, Tamil, Marathi and Punjabi) and hopes to double that number over the next five years.  She is so excited to be a part of the CiC team and cannot wait to learn from this wonderful community!


Claire is a freshman at Harvard College. She is originally from Chicago, IL, and she loves her city more than anything. At Harvard, she has no idea what she wants to study, but she is both physically active on the club swim team and figuratively active in the comedy scene as a writer for On Harvard Time and Satire V. She is a camp counselor, a Chacos lover, a big fan of candy corn and grape candy, and an even bigger fan of Chris Martin. Her catchphrase is “zoinks”, she adores memes, and her favorite online community is CiC!


Dylan is a freshman at Stanford University. He grew up in Vail, CO, where he loved to play soccer, hike, and snowboard. He is undecided on what he wants to study, but is potentially interested in environmental studies, math, or computer science. He is fascinated by storytelling, especially in film and podcasts. Dylan took a gap year before college and backpacked around the world. In his free time, he enjoys being outside, climbing trees, practicing handstands, watching CiC, eating sweet potatoes, and making movies.


Always on the go, Michelle is a senior in high school who lives life down to the minute. Whether it’s debating the transition of chivalry in modern culture or doing pilates with friends, she’s always down for anything. Michelle spent her last summer investigating macaron “deploy failure”, writing agendas as cookbook recipes, and sharing cheese platters with executives. She’s enthusiastic to work with Cath and the CiC team, and would love to share a pizza with them all one day!


A Literature major at UC San Diego, Rachel Seo began writing at the age of seven, scribbling with glittery gel pens on sheets and sheets of lined notebook paper. Much to the relief of trees and tree-huggers everywhere, she learned how to type and now pounds out blog posts, novels, and random ideas on her trusty Macbook. In her spare time, she binge-watches CiC videos and has watched Crystal Blog #1 at least five times all the way through.


(Line Producer, Intern Mama)

Victoria is a freshman at UC Berkeley where she studies Society & Environment and scours the Bay Area for the best boba tea. She enjoys singing in the shower, crying over fictional characters and shocking unsuspecting company with her ability to inhale Wendy’s Triple Baconators. She is very excited to be on the CiC team and can’t wait to listen to every beautiful, wonderful, chaotic, provoking, exquisitely enigmatic perspective of the world that the CiC community has to offer.

And now last, but certainly not least… YOU!

The Cath in College Admit Weekend Hangout 2017! (Class of 2021)

What makes the Cath in College community so special are the tens of thousands of Dear Readers that contribute to it. Made up of curious, kind, and motivated people all over the world, the CiC community has grown to be without a doubt the best part of the CiC experience. Together, we ask questions, think big, give advice, take advice, share perspectives, and share laughs. Know this, DR: whether you’re a CiC veteran or a newbie to the community, you are always welcome here. So I hope you decide to join. I promise it’s just as fun as it looks 🙂

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