Meet the Interns: Mary Kate

This summer two new interns have joined our Community Engagement team. In addition to their contributions to our social media presence, they will be serving as On-Site Coordinators for the Institute. If you are heading to the national session of the Institute that begins on July 21, you’ll have the chance to meet Mary Kate in real life. For now, we hope you enjoy getting to know more about her here – and be sure to check back tomorrow to meet our other intern, Sundas.

Leadershape headshot 1Hi everybody! My name is Mary Kate Kaufman and I am a senior pursuing a degree in Marketing and International Business and Bowling Green State University. I go by Mary Kate and MK and I am the middle child in my family. My older brother Jake just graduated from North Central College (Woo Hoo) and my younger sister Kelli is a junior in high school. I also have a dog named Wrigley who is a mutt and my roommate has a mini goldendoodle named Finn who I am a proud dog aunt at BGSU!

At school I am involved in the Center for Student Leadership, Delta Zeta, University Dance Alliance, Order of Omega, Dance Marathon, and serve as an off-campus commuter mentor. In the Center for Student Leadership, I am a Student Leadership Assistant or SLA. As an SLA I get to work on an incredible team of grad and undergrad students, and we create leadership programs for clubs and organizations and facilitate. I am also a Global Ambassador for Delta Zeta’s nationals and I get to go to alumni chapters and collegiate chapters and teach them about our national service project the Painted Turtle Camp and share about my experience as a cabin counselor.

When I am not participating in my clubs and organizations or going to class, I enjoy spending time outside with friends. I love to hammock, hike, read, volunteer, and find new places to eat with unique foods and flavors. What makes me MK is my support systems of amazing friends and family who are constantly challenging me to be the best version of myself. I would not be the person I am today if it was not for the communities I have been fortunate enough to live in and the opportunities I have had.

How did you get connected to LeaderShape?
I got connected to LeaderShape through my job as a Student Leadership Assistant. The office was planning it and my boss had the opportunity to go when she was in college and serve as an On-Site Coordinator for the Institute and she had nothing but positive reviews.

What is something from your involvement with LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
Something I have learned from LeaderShape that I continuously apply in my life is that it is okay to fail and to have a positive approach on them. By seeing failures as being “fascinating” it has allowed me to not overthink things that have happened and be able to reflect and learn how to improve. I have always been super self-critical on myself and making failures into positive learning experiences has given me a new outlook on life

If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
If I had the opportunity to speak to everyone in the world at the same time I would say be kind to everyone you meet because we do not know how long we have on this world and make the most of every interaction, experience because the world is a lot smaller than it appears.

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