Student Spotlight: Katie LarsonBy Hannah Bunch on January 12, 2018
Katie Larson just graduated December 2017. Community Outreach and Leadership Development wanted to highlight Katie for her hard work and dedication while at Drury. Larson graduated with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Her involvement on campus included Zeta Tau Alpha, Cru, and Enactus. Outside of Drury she works at YMCA teaching before school and after school programs at Sequiota elementary and Bowerman elementary.
Katie believes serving is a chance to empower others and promote harmony and equality for all. Larson states, “I remember someone once told me that ‘though your skills are yours, your job is to use them for others.’ If everyone has their realization, our community will be stronger and more skilled than ever.”
How does your involvement at Drury as well in the community help shape you as a person and a leader?
“I have learned things in the classroom, and even heard from professionals in a specific field, but it wasn't until I was able to dive in and experience these things for myself that I truly understood. The classroom is great to learn about concepts, but getting involved in the community has given me the opportunity to apply them. It has been these experiences, full of new people, new challenges, and new ideas, that has helped shape me into the leader and person that I am today.”
What is the most rewarding experience you have had while attending Drury?
“Choosing one is so hard! I would have to choose my Summit Leadership experiences as one of the most influential experiences that I've had at Drury. I loved being able to choose my community partner based on shared passions and interests with my friends and group members. Though we undoubtedly faced our fair share of challenges and obstacles, these helped me grow and learn to develop new skills. Overall, it was amazing to see a goal become a plan, a plan turn into actions, and actions making a difference in the lives of the senior citizens that we worked with.”
Why do you feel it is important to lead and serve within our community?
“Serving and leading are not tasks but opportunities. It's an opportunity to pursue interests that you are passionate about, meet new people, apply what you know, learn the things you don't know and help others in the community who need it.”
What advice/encouragement can you give to Drury students to become more engaged in their community and Drury through service and leadership?
“You have no idea what you will get involved with today that will change the rest of your life. Take the first step, get a group of friends or go by yourself, sign up for something on a whim, and show up. If you have an open mind, you will get more out than you put in. Focus on what you can give instead of what you can get.
My biggest piece of advice would be to "be all there." Don't just show up and be a body; be engaged. Talk with as many people as you can. Make light of the labor-intensive work. Enjoy what you are doing and realize that it may impact someone else's life forever. Don't take that lightly.”
From Community Outreach and Leadership Development, we want to thank Katie for her dedication to Drury and the Springfield Community. We wish Katie the best of luck in her future!