We are pleased to spotlight Katlin (Kat) Whitmoyer our new Community Research Intern
Tell us about yourself. Where were born? How old are you? How many siblings do you have?
KW: I was born in Hamilton, NY and grew up just outside of Rome, NY. I am twenty-one years old and have one sister who is twenty-two.
Why did you decide to attend St. John Fisher College?
KW: I decided to go to Fisher initially as a pre-pharmacy student given their high passing rates and beautiful campus … four majors and thousands of conversations later, I will be graduating in May with my Bachelors in Psychology (minors in English, Sustainability, and Women & Gender Studies). Fisher promoted a “family atmosphere,” which is debatable. SJFC has been an amazing stepping stone filed with plenty of opportunities for growth and get out into the community.
What is your current major and why did you choose this path?
KW: My current major is Psychology. Initially, I was a pre-pharmacy student… then a biology major… then an English… and then I came to psych. I had always wanted to help people. I wanted a job the made a difference in people’s lives. I found my way to Psychology by combing my love of brain science with human apathy and activism.
What do you plan to do post graduation?
KW: Post graduation, I plan on taking a gap year or two in order to save up money. Then I’m packing my bag and joining the Peace Corps to help kids in underprivileged societies. After a two year commitment, I plan to pursue my Masters in Clinical Social Work to counsel at risk youth.
How do you stay healthy and well?
KW: I love doing yoga when I have extra time in the morning or going for a run in the afternoon. I’ve also been a vegetarian for almost five years. Taking dance classes with my friends is also something I love to do!
What made you interested in working at 540WMain Communiversity?
KW: I met Calvin Eaton during a sustainability course I was taking on the SJFC campus. I was inspired by his person centered approach to creating sustainable efforts. The goals of 540 West Main including providing useful classes for no cost to community align with my goals of better the welfare of others.
What do you hope to bring to 540WMain through this internship experience?
KW: I hope to bring useful insight into what the Susan B Anthony district community members want and need from a community center in order to improve quality of life.
What is do you like most about living/attending school in Rochester?
KW: I love the immense opportunities for getting involved in your community and getting outdoors. There’s trails all around Rochester making it easy to forget the noise of the city for a moment.
What do you like least about living/attending school in Rochester?
KW: I don’t like seeing the immense disparity between communities and the ignorance of some members of my campus community. It’s shocking to see such drastic changes from neighborhood to neighborhood.
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of being a full-time college student?
KW: For me, the most challenging aspect was learning how to juggle 18 credit hours and a 40-50 hour work schedule to pay the bills. It’s been a rewarding challenging but a difficult one.
What is your greatest fear? How do you plan to overcome that fear?
KW: My greatest fear is not seizing every possible opportunity to better myself. I’ve been working on not making excuse to avoid tasks/events.
540WMain is rooted in antiracism, diversity and inclusion how do you feel about working with an organization where these ideals are at the core of everything that happens?
KW: Four the last four years I’ve been an executive-board member for the Fisher Feminist Alliance. We often partner with and support the other diversity clubs on campus such as Black Student Union, Sustained Dialogue, Latino Student Union, Sexuality and Gender awareness club, and the Asian Student Union. As a student leader on campus, I promote awareness around identity issues and hate nationally and locally.
What is it that inspires you as a young professional?
KW: I’m inspired by many of professors who do so much for their students as well as helping their community. They’ve showed me it’s never okay to be silent in situations of injustice.
What are you most excited about for this internship?
KW: I’m excited to get involved with Rochester community! Supporting individuals to provide better opportunities.
If you could go back in time what would you tell your freshman self?
KW: I’d tell myself it was completely okay to change my mind about the future. If something isn’t making you happy now, it’s not going to make you happy for the next forty to fifty years of your career. Explore new things and take the random class that sounds interesting. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself or others no matter the situation.
If you could wish for a super power what power would you wish for and why?
KW: I’d love to be able to teleport anywhere. I can always use an extra fifteen minutes of sleep instead of travel time!
Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
KW: I have two cats that I’m completely obsessed with