Katherine Larson

Degree: Bachelor’s in English

College/School: College of Arts, Sciences & Education; School of Environment, Arts & Society

Katherine Larson has always had interests in diverse areas including poetry, art, music and math. One thing that has remained constant is her love for engaging with people and helping others.

Exposed to FIU at an early age, Katherine’s father, Religious Studies Professor Eric Larson, would bring her to campus during her summer breaks. She would sit in on his world religions classes and take in the collegiate environment. Katherine knew she wanted to be a part of the FIU community and take advantage of the citizenship and service opportunities available to students. She enrolled to pursue a degree in mathematics.

As a junior, Katherine changed her major to English. In the classroom, Katherine, who is in the Honors College, excelled, earning recognition from her professors for her careful attention to detail and strong research and problem-solving skills. Katherine served as a resident assistant for three years, working with more than 200 students on their academic and personal development. Katherine also volunteered as a tutor on various subjects for the Li’l Abner Center, a community center providing educational, recreational and health services to K-12 students in Sweetwater, Fla. She was actively involved in her local church and in Campus Crusaders. Katherine also played cymbals and marimba in FIU’s Marching Band.

Katherine is graduating magna cum laude with a degree in English and a certificate in professional and public writing. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in finance. Her goal is to become a chief financial officer for a nonprofit organization.