Kate Burns: A philosophy of advocacy

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Kate Burns says getting involved in student government was the best decision she’s made. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Kate Burns is proof that students in every major can find success at Missouri S&T.

The senior from Wentzville, Mo., is a double major in philosophy and economics, which may explain why she enjoys reading the works of Plato and David Hume. But she loves techie stuff and sports as much as books. She plays video games and Frisbee golf, cheers on the Miners football team, and was a member of her high school’s FIRST Robotics team. Plus: “My favorite color is Kelly green, and I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else for school,” she says.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Burns served as vice president for external affairs on Missouri S&T’s Student Council and vice chair for the Intercampus Student Council, which represents student governance interests for all four University of Missouri campuses. Getting involved in student government was “the best decision I’ve ever made,” says Burns. “It’s showed me that I really believe in being an advocate for our students.”

No matter what degree you’re studying, having a strong foundation in STEM will help you in your career,” says Kate Burns.

As recognition of that passion, Burns was named S&T’s Student Advocate of the Year for 2011-2012 by the division of student affairs.

Even as a philosophy major, she appreciates Missouri S&T’s emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the so-called STEM majors.

“Advancing STEM education is the most important thing we can do right now as a nation,” Burns says. “No matter what degree you’re studying, having a strong foundation in STEM will help you in your career, because chances are you’ll be working with people with technical backgrounds.”

After graduation, she plans to pursue a law degree and eventually become an advocate for sexual assault victims.

By Andrew Careaga

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