I have always been just Kate. My name is not short for Katherine or Katelyn. My parents joke that they worried about me spelling my name in kindergarten, so they gave me a simple name to make it easier.
I grew up in Smithton, a small town located in southern Illinois. My family consists of my parents and my little sister, Abby. (My sister’s name is just Abby, too.) We also have a few additional members of the family – a yellow lab and two cats.
I attended Freeburg Community High School and became very involved with school activities. I played softball for twelve years before I discovered my passion for running, which led to my participation in cross-country and track during high school. I was also involved in Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Against Violence Everywhere/ Students Against Destructive Decisions, Art Club, and Literary Club. Outside of high school, I was the vice president of the Leo Club, an organization geared toward community service.
Both of my parents are MU alumni, so choosing to become a tiger seemed obvious. I am now a freshman enjoying my second semester at Mizzou. I am interested in becoming a science and agricultural journalist because the program offers the opportunity to further my writing. I am planning to follow the food and wine track because food, and the science behind it, is a topic that fascinates me. My goal is to earn a minor in food science as well.
I am excited to write for the CAFNR Corner Post because I’ve never written for a news publication before beginning college. It will be a new experience, and I hope the reporting will expand my abilities as a writer.