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Where are they now? Kate Brown (MAUHS)

Hometown, current residence, age: I grew up in Bristol. I am 24 years old. My current town of residence is Cambridge, Mass.
Family: My mom, Betsy Meinhardt, and my dad, Kevin Brown, are still living in Bristol. My older brother, Connor, Mount Abe class of 2008, just completed his second year of medical school at Columbia University in New York City. Before that he completed a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia.
What I am up to: This May I completed my master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in the Higher Education program. My coursework focused on topics like college access, equity and inclusion in higher education and education policy. I also worked in the program’s admissions office, focusing on marketing and recruitment.
I am working as an alumni advisor for the Campus Kitchens Project, a national organization that works to alleviate food insecurity, find sustainable solutions to poverty and hunger and reduce food waste.
I volunteered with the Campus Kitchens Project for all four years of college, eventually acting as president my senior year. Recently, the national organization reached out to former leaders to help advise other chapters throughout the country. It has been wonderful to remain involved with such a fantastic organization.
I help manage four different chapters of Campus Kitchens across the United States.
How I got to where I am now: After Mount Abe, I attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, majoring in government, with a double minor in education and African studies. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2015.
While at St. Lawrence, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Kenya.
I first developed my passion for the field of higher education as an undergraduate, working as an admission ambassador in the admissions office for three years. I found that I loved working with prospective students and families, and decided to go into the field of college admissions after graduation.
I worked for two years as an admissions counselor at a small liberal arts school outside of Cleveland and eventually decided to enroll in graduate school.
Adults to whom I can attribute my current success:My parents. They have been so incredibly supportive over the years and I definitely would not be where I am today without them. I also feel so lucky to have had such amazing teachers throughout my educational career, from high school to graduate school.
How my Vermont roots have influenced who I am today:Growing up in Vermont made me appreciate the importance of having a strong community. I am so grateful to have come from a community that supported me and my classmates. Vermont is also the reason for my love of hiking and the outdoors.
And I will never use fake maple syrup.
My memories of high school: Some of my favorite memories from high school are the Fall Musical, singing in Sweet Transition and playing softball. Taking AP history with Mr. Ross and American studies with Mr. Desorda and Ms. Stultz-Backus were also definite high points as well.
My advice for this year’s crop of graduating seniors: Be open to new people, places and experiences. Though it can be scary or uncomfortable to try new things, some of my favorite moments have come from pushing myself to try something new. Have an open mind and be accepting of those who are different from you.

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