Monica Ten-Kate leads a pretty normal life for a college girl. She’s a 21-year-old junior at Penn State who juggles family, dating, college life, and a job. What sets her apart, however, is what exactly that job entails. As we'll see on Monica the Medium, Monica Ten-Kate is, well, a medium.
The reality series premieres Tuesday night on ABC family and will follow the life of this college student/medium. Trailers for Monica the Medium show its star hanging with friends, going to parties, and getting turned down for a date when the guy finds out she’s a medium. She also seems to become overcome, with what we find out she calls “Spirit,” and gives strangers emotional pieces of advice and information from beyond — even at parties.
In addition to Monica’s studies, she also runs a business connecting people with lost loved ones. She performs these readings in person and over Skype, and this business has lead to Monica The Medium. According to ABC Family's series description, “Monica uses her gift of communicating with Spirit to bring through details, facts, names, memories and more, to validate the connection to people’s loved ones on the Other Side and to deliver healing messages they may have.”
So, we know Monica’s a medium. But what else is there to this Penn State student? Here are eight things to know about her before tuning in to the series premiere on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
1. She Grew Up In Northern Virginia With 3 Sisters
She’s part of a big, Catholic family, according to her ABC Family bio.
2. Her Mom Allegedly Thinks Monica’s Gift Is Scary
Monica’s sister Vanessa claimed on camera that their mother thinks Monica’s gift “[is]
something like, scary, bad.” Hopefully we'll get to hear from the Ten-Kates' matriarch herself this season.
3. She’s A Communications Major
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that's Monica's major at Penn State, which is fitting, since she also communicates with the dead.
4. She Has An Adorable Dog, Luna
5. She Is Close With Her College Roommates
6. She Loves To Travel
But still gets homesick sometimes, just like the rest of us.
7. Her Favorite Shows Are Grey’s Anatomy & Pretty Little Liars
They're listed in her ABC Family bio and hey, Monica the Medium and PLL are both on the network — crossover anyone?
8. Monica Suppressed Her Gifts Until High School
But then started her
successful business in college, according to ABC Family. And now she's turned that successful business into a very promising reality TV show.
Images: Donald Rager, Eric McCandless/ABC Family