Katie McCormick

Autumn, with its crisp air and vibrant colors, is junior Pre-K – 8/Special Education major Katie McCormick’s favorite season. She loves watching the leaves change on campus and always looks forward to Fall Fest, the annual Geneva event featuring a pig roast, corn maze and photo booth.

Katie lived in Clarke Hall with other freshman women during her first year of college. Reflecting on the way that this prepared her for the following years, Katie said, “You get to know the face of Geneva better, because Clarke community is very tight.”

Katie chose Geneva because of the unique degree she sought. After exploring the website, she discovered that Geneva was the only school where she could earn a B.A. in Pre-K-8/Special Education in just four years.

Katie is eager to start impacting children right away. For the last three summers, she ran a daycare through Blair County Christian School near her home in Duncansville, PA. She volunteers as a leader at her church’s youth group, and during the school year, she serves as a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program on Geneva’s campus.

That’s not all that keeps Katie busy during the week. She also works on campus in the Brig Snack Shop and facilitates outdoor adventures through Pisgah, Geneva’s outdoor education program. Pisgah has always been a part of Katie’s college experience. “When I wasn’t working for them, I was volunteering,” she said. “We want people grow closer to each other, to God and to creation. I’ve grown a lot in it spiritually.”

One of the best parts of college for Katie is class time with professors. Teaching of Reading with Dr. Aiken is Katie’s most memorable class to date. “The way Dr. Aiken taught was very hands-on and thought-
provoking,” Katie said.

Before she graduates, Katie hopes to act in one of Geneva’s theater productions and perhaps perform in My Generation Night, the largest student performance of the year.

Following graduation, she plans to become a teacher. “I think it would be really cool to go overseas to a missionary school or run my own pre-school,” said Katie.

Drawing from her classes, paid work and volunteer experience at Geneva, Katie is on the right track for her dream career.

-Holly Vizino ’15