As the summer break sun starts its descent, Emory & Henry College rising senior Katie Beth Bordwine sits 300 miles away from her Saltville, Va. home reflecting on the past 12 months and the places she has been.
Bordwine has just wrapped up an internship in Richmond, Virginia working with the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo), a lobbying firm that aids in connecting counties to one another and to the state government.
The opportunity to learn more about state politics was made possible after Honors Program Director Joe Lane reached out to Beau Blevins (class of 2005), who currently serves as the director of intergovernmental affairs at VACo to see if he could find a place for her.
Her work has involved intensive research. Nearly every day, Bordwine was tasked with exploring a topic, the analysis of which she would present to VACo staff members for their evaluation and use. She also accompanied lobbyists to various appointments and even covering meetings for them throughout the capital city.
The biggest lesson that I learned is how important cooperation and collaboration amongst people from all walks of life truly is. This truth extends past the borders of Virginia. My experience within my state is a microcosm for how we should interact even on a global level.Katie Beth BordwineClass of 2016
This summer’s internship served as an encore for Bordwine’s professional experience in Virginia’s capital city. This past spring, she was named Virginia Collegiate Honors Council's Honors Scholar of the Year. As part of the recognition, she spoke at the group’s spring meeting on the topic of being a part of an honors community.
Prior to her internship, she spent 10 days studying abroad examining the three pillars of sustainability in Sweden and the Netherlands: social equality, environment and economic practices.
Her list of accomplishments on campus is just as impressive. Bordwine will graduate next spring with degrees in history, political science, and sociology. She hopes to eventually go to law school to pursue a career in advocacy.
Outside of the classroom she was elected the vice president of the Student Government Association for the upcoming school year. She also serves as the president of the Calliopean Literary Society, manager of the Lady Wasp Women's Basketball Team, supplemental instructor of a Hip Hop Transitions course for first-year students, secretary of the Pre-Law Society, president of Sigma Upsilon Nu Social Sorority and sweetheart of Beta Lambda Zeta Social Fraternity.
To top it off, Bordwine was chosen as Homecoming queen this past fall. Known for her positive and cheerful attitude, Bordwine looks forward to her senior year with excitement. Although she loves her Emory home, she now has the experiences and proof that she is prepared for whatever the world holds for her. When she came to Emory & Henry she has often asked herself if she was ready for the world and its challenges. Now, the better question might be is the world ready for the impact Bordwine is sure to bring?