BlavinScholars.org: What degree(s) will you be receiving this spring?
Katherine: I will be receiving a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice
BlavinScholars.org: What awards or honors have you received?
Katherine: I have been on the Dean’s List
BlavinScholars.org: What is your major and what inspired you to pursue that particular major?
Katherine: My major is Psychology and I was inspired by the idea that I could help someone and the fact that I find people fascinating
BlavinScholars.org: What’s your short-term goal for after graduation?
Katherine: I’ll be getting my first apartment and going to Graduate School here at Northern Arizona University pursuing my Masters in Counseling- Student Affairs
BlavinScholars.org: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Katherine: I hope to be working somewhere within a university, helping First Generation student populations make their way through college.
BlavinScholars.org: How have you grown as a person since first entering college?
Katherine: I’ve become more confident in myself and my abilities. I have become more forward and willing to advocate for myself and others.
BlavinScholars.org: What excites you most about your future?
Katherine: The possibility of making a difference in someone’s life.
BlavinScholars.org: What advice about higher education and life, in general, would you give to high school kids in the foster care system?
Katherine: Fake it ’til you make it! This has been my number one rule for a while now. We all go through a point in our lives where we feel like an impostor and that we don’t belong. We all at some point are feeling like we have no confidence. Fake it until it becomes who you are. It worked for me.
BlavinScholars.org: What advice would you offer to incoming Blavin Scholars?
Katherine: Network and open yourself up a bit. Being a Blavin Scholar has given me opportunities to do thinks that I’ve never thought I’d do.
BlavinScholars.org: What’s your biggest takeaway from your experience as a Blavin Scholar?
Katherine: Shoot for the stars, the only one holding you back is you.