of the first things you’ll realize about Katie is her
friendly, quiet confidence.
Sitting in the lobby of New Hampshire Hall on a Friday afternoon,
not a single person passing by that doesn’t
say hi to her, smile at her, or ask her how she’s doing.
Katie is obviously an active student member and has a presence
in the lives of her Outdoor Education classmates.
This senior Psychology minor almost didn’t
attend college. During her senior year of high school she grew
disinterested in class and became eager to start something
new outside the academic world. College was something she just
want to do. She contemplated getting involved with NOLS (National
Outdoor Leadership School) or Americorps instead. It wasn’t
until her mom told her about the
Outdoor Education (OE) major at UNH that Katie decided to send
in her one and only college application. Not only did she get
accepted early, but she also received a scholarship.
To say Katie’s engaged with her academics
is an understatement. For 13 straight summers, Katie has participated
as a camper or worked at Camp Takodah in Richmond, NH. Last
summer as the Leadership Development Guide, she has helped
shape the camp into what it is today by developing protocols
for staff training on the ropes course. Last semester she did
a practicum at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH working with
youth programs and environmental education. Currently, Katie
is a teaching assistant at the Browne Center for the OE Challenge
Course Management class, which she took sophomore year. She
has also been the
teaching assistant for Rock Climbing and Water-Based Experience
Canoeing. Some day she hopes to work full-time doing something
similar and “loves the idea of teaching the teachers.”
Katie is a student that completely immerses herself
in her education. She will fondly remember the conversations
she’s had with friends about a class lecture once she
leaves UNH. She reminisces about walking from class to the
residence hall discussing a subject and continuing it for hours.
During her time studying in the OE major, Katie has discovered
strong interests in the social and moral development of children
and educational and teaching philosophies. There are areas
she hopes to pursue in the future.
When asked about an influential faculty or staff
member at UNH that has affected her college career, it is a
answer for Katie. Laurie Gullion is her advisor, teacher, mentor,
and friend. “Laurie is pretty much my idol. I’m
able to relate to her on a personal level and a student/pupil
level. She’s an amazing teacher and facilitator, and
learn from the intensity she brings into every situation.” Katie
also recognizes Deb Sugarman and Jay Miller as
other OE faculty who have made a lasting impression on her.
OE and academics are not the only things Katie
is involved with at UNH. She’s been an active member
of UNH Alliance (UNH’s GLBTQQIAF student organization)
for four years, holding the DiversitySupport Coalition Representative
position last semester. Katie also co-planned the annual Drag
Ball last fall. This spring she performed in the Vagina Monologues.
Katie also has a very unique talent. “One
of my goals is to break the Guinness Book of World Records
for hoola hooping.” A few years ago she
picked one up and has been hooked ever since. Katie can hoola
hoop with 23 hoops. She can dance, run, and play Frisbee while
hoola hooping. She’s even made
her own hoop. Now all she has to do is hoola hoop for 92 hours
straight. With her
determination, passion, and abilities, it’s in the bag.