KUWomenofDistinction

Natalie Scott (Right)

Natalie Scott (Right)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • Student Union Activities, Social Issues Asst. Coordinator, 2013-14
  • Student Senator, 2013-14
  • Child Psychology Department Research Assistant, 2013
  • KU Homecoming Steering Committee, Awards Chair, 2013
  • Honors Program Student Ambassador and Peer Mentor, 2011-13
  • Truman Scholarship Nominee, 2013
  • Miller Scholarship Hall Treasurer, 2011-12
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital Volunteer, 2012
  • Alternative Winter Break Site Leader, Fifty Forward in Nashville, TN, 2012
  • KU Core General Education Goals Committee, Social Responsibility and Ethical Behavior, Student Representative, 2011
  • Best Buddies, 2011-2012

How I became interested in my area of study:

I became interested in psychology because of its inherent presence in all of us. Every person is equipped with a brain; it astounds me how much one organ can be so similar, yet also be what makes us each so different. I view psychology as a hybrid between the study of tangible and intangible elements, that which can be seen in the brain but isn’t visible in the mind. Mental function is the basis through which you process your entire life, yet mental disorders don’t have nearly the prominence of physical ones in healthcare. This discrepancy has led me to consider graduate study and eventual practice as a clinical psychologist.

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:

I was elected to serve as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Senator for 2013-2014. This is my proudest achievement due to the coalition I was able to be a part of named Ad Astra KU. I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of many student organizations on campus, but the ideals of Ad Astra to revolutionize student representation on campus was something I’d never encountered before. The coalition started only a few months before Senate elections, but through the effort of numerous involved and intelligent students, was able to reach out to diverse populations across campus. Through effective advocacy and a dynamic plan for student governance, Ad Astra swept the 2013 election that saw record voter turnout. Though I played a small role, being a part of this collective effort to help students was immensely meaningful to my college experience.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

From my first moments of freshmen orientation, Dr. Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett served to encourage me to not be afraid of the lessons and changes that one encounters during college. I can’t count the number of times I walked into her office confused about what I wanted to do with my life and left feeling like it would turn out alright. She has accomplished an immense amount in both her field and in higher education, all with a humble attitude. To risk sounding like a child, I want to be just like her when I grow up.

Both Dr. Mary Klayder and Dr. Kala Stroup taught me to never be afraid of living in accordance with who I truly am. I became acquainted with both of them during a time in life where I was trying to please far too many people, doubting my abilities, and sacrificing my own desires in the process. Through generosity, kindness and willingness to listen, both of these women taught me that the best thing I can give the world is the good that can come from doing what I love.

Dr. Sarah Crawford-Parker demonstrates a balance and poise in life that I truly admire. Her contributions to KU and the first-year experience of so many students have left me with strong ideas of what a woman can contribute to the lives of others while never losing a sense of who she is. A constant in my life through Alternative Breaks and the Office of First-Year Experience, her encouragement has meant so much.

Finally, my mother has had a more significant impact on my life than any woman I will ever meet. She has worked tirelessly to provide the life I so often take for granted, one where I’m able to attend college and live for my dreams. A true model of strength, intelligence, and sacrifice for others, I can only ever hope to be as wonderful a woman as her.

My favorite KU memory:

My favorite memory encompasses the entirety of the two years I spent living in Miller Scholarship Hall. The scholarship halls were the lens from which I discovered KU from the first day I moved to campus. I lived with a supportive group of women, next door to the most chivalrous men at KU, and within a larger community that made me feel as though I belonged when I was away from home. The numerous late night breakfasts, conversations at dinner, and hilarious pranks that come from living in such a tight-knit group are memories I never want to forget.

When times get tough, something that helps me get through it:

…is knowing that I have too many things to be thankful for to not find comfort in being thankful for them. There will be times when absolutely everything seems difficult or impossible. There will be times when you don’t receive the position or award you thought would make a difference in your life. I’ve learned that during those times it’s important to focus on what you can do to improve today. Things do get better and other opportunities arise. The big picture will take care of itself if you’re doing what you can now to the best of your ability.

An important life lesson I have learned:

I’ve learned that it’s important to spend time focusing on others and what they need. There’s a very large difference between wanting to help people, talking about helping people, and actually helping them. In college, I’ve realized that my existence as a single person is quite meaningless if I don’t take the time to contribute to the well-being of someone else.

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…

I have a sister who is younger by eight years and I’m constantly giving her college advice! I like to let her know that she will likely face a moment where she is completely at a loss for what she wants to do in life. When that happens, I advise her to explore, to try new things, and to talk to people who inspire her. Don’t let anyone tell you what you should do, but do let them help you find where your strengths are. You’ll be a better friend, sister, partner, professional, and woman if you can contribute to the world by doing what you love.

A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:

“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

This quote is meaningful to me because it’s an accurate representation of the ebb and flow of life. There will be both good times and bad, and randomly much more of one than the other. Living isn’t meant to be a constant stream of happiness and ease. Though those moments will be there, they’ll be scattered among times of hard work, loss, and disappointment. By being aware of both and how they relate to each other, I’m able to truly appreciate the crooked path life can be.