Bear Pause: Katie Grudnowski Goldstein '04

Katie Grudnowski Goldstein class of 2004 Bear Pause

Katie Grudnowski Goldstein ’04 is a social worker who loves playing outside and having dessert. Katie married her high school sweetheart, Nick Goldstein ’04, and has two “wonderfully quirky” children, Steven and Charlotte. 

Q: What is the most surprising thing about you?
A: I asked for help from my kids on this one and they said that I’m surprisingly goofy, silly and super weird. 

Q: What book has influenced you greatly? How?
A: “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn. I read this book in a particularly profound sociology class at Macalester, and it provided a spark to continue studying how systems, privilege and bias affect both society and its individuals.

Q: What are your three favorite smells?
A: Frasier fir, eucalyptus and a wood burning fireplace

Q: What is your earliest childhood memory?
A: Whenever we left my grandparents’ house in Chicago to drive back to Minnesota, my grandfather would always stand outside his house waving goodbye until we had driven far enough away that we couldn’t see him anymore.

Q: If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you spend it?
A: I would spend it being outside on a lake or in the mountains.

Q: What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
A: Coffee! My kids are really early risers.

Q: When was the last time you were nervous?
A: I’m nervous right now! I’m generally a nervous person to begin with, but between current events, a pandemic and having to navigate on-campus/distance learning challenges this school year, I’ve been nervous a lot.

Q: What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
A: A U2 concert at the University of Minnesota. It was outdoors, it rained for most of it, and I went with great friends.

Q: What's your favorite family tradition?
A: We celebrate everything! Even for small holidays and gatherings, party hats, balloons, desserts, handmade banners, family and special surprises are incorporated into the day.

Q: What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
A: I’ve had some really weird types of fish. I love going to sushi restaurants when traveling and ordering whatever the chef recommends that day. That has led to some of the best meals of my life, but also some of the weirdest.