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I Am... Katie Hines a 2013 Graduate of Campbell County Public Schools

posted Nov 3, 2017, 7:04 AM by Amy Abell   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 7:04 AM ]

Katie Hines 2013 AHS Graduate
I graduated from AHS in 2013 and then went on to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in international relations and a double minor in religious studies and Spanish. I also graduated with a certificate in Global Education, a certificate of Peace Corps Prep, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate.  While at VCU I attended Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile spring semester 2016. I am currently working as a Global Assistant for VCU Globe. I coordinate with 13 community partners, VCU faculty and students to facilitate student completion of service-learning hours required to complete the VCU Globe program.  I coordinate transportation needs for those students and community partners. I also work as a van driver providing transportation for international students on various trips throughout Richmond and Virginia. I will be leaving for the Peace Corps on March 5th, 2018 and will be  working as a Community Economic Development volunteer in Paraguay for 27 months.  After the Peace Corps, I have considered applying for the Fulbright Fellowship to be an English Teacher’s Assistant in a foreign country. I also plan to pursue a master's program or law program for international human rights.
While in High School my Spanish classes were most influential. I loved learning about different cultures, and I have developed a love for learning languages. We weren't just learning the language, we were developing cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication. This also led me to attend the Japanese Governor's School for three weeks between my Junior and Senior years. This was an intensive program where we were immersed in the language, culture, and traditions of Japan. These experiences all helped me figure out that I wanted to see more of the world, meet people from other cultures, and learn languages. These experiences helped me learn the value of going out of my comfort zone in order to develop open-mindedness and empathy for other cultures which led me to my current path.