Q: What service activities and organizations are you a part of at RMU?
A: I’m a member of American Humantics, which is an organization that prepares students for careers in the non-profit sector. I’m also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I’ve participated in the Youth Service Opportunities Project and the Alternative Spring Break program in Washington D.C. helping the homeless, among other great organizations.
Q: Has someone changed your life?
A: Absolutely. Randon Willard, who was the community and volunteer services coordinator in the office of student civic engagement at Robert Morris. He’s the kind of person who inspires you to reach your full potential by helping people.
I went on an alternative spring break where Randon was the chaperone. I was the site leader and therefore, spent a lot of time talking to him. He understands the aspects of college that aren’t the greatest. He helped me understand where I wanted to go in life. All the service opportunities he’s provided for me, they are great opportunities. I really want to thank him.
Q: How have you changed someone else’s life?
A: During alternative spring break last year we went to D.C. and worked with the homeless. I met a man named Glenn who sat at our table. Glenn was a college graduate, now he’s homeless—all because some things went wrong in life. He said we made a difference in his life just because we sat with him and cared what he had to say.
I recall one time in particular, during a service visit to a nursing home, a 93-year-old woman told me she’d pray for me. “I’m going to get there [to heaven] first and I’ll put in a good word for you.” Those words of appreciation made me feel good.
Q: Why did you decide to come to Robert Morris?
A: It’s simple. Because it’s small, and there is a greater opportunity for students to make an /impact.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about Robert Morris?
A: I’ve had the time of my life here because I’m involved in stuff and I have made the world’s greatest friends. You have to take the initiative to have fun.
After being featured in RMU's "Change A Life" campaign, Kate worked at the Allegheny County Jail for the Foundation of HOPE before moving to the State Correctional Institution (SCI) – Pittsburgh as a drug and alcohol counselor. She's also pursuing a master's in professional counseling at Carlow University, as well as other drug and alcohol certifications.
"My long-term career goals are to be a counselor either in the Department of Corrections or in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare Systems," says Kate.
She also volunteers as an instructor on the HOPE for Prisoners program in the Allegheny County Jail.
Kate says she enjoyed being featured in the Change A Life campaign.
"I think it's good to show universities are made up of more than just a football team, a basketball team, a particular major, or Greek life. The campaign showed that Robert Morris is a well-rounded university of academics, athletics, and community service.
"Everyone has a place at RMU," she adds. "A place where they can make a difference—on the field, on the court, in the classroom, or even in a soup kitchen."