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When sophomore Katie Fine first came to KU, she was ready for something different. She was tired of high school and the labels that defined her. She wanted to find her own place.
Katie’s dad tried to tell her to get involved with Hillel and at first, she refused.
As her first semester flew by, Katie joined a sorority, made new friends and took classes for her elementary education major. One of her older friends finally convinced her to go on Birthright with Hillel over winter break, and from there, it was history.
“I think I realized that college has so many opportunities,” Katie said. “So I should be taking advantage of them now while I can to better myself for the future and figure out exactly what I want to do.”
After going on birthright, Katie was excited to take on a leadership role with Hillel. This year, Katie is one of KU Hillel’s Israel interns and works along side senior Tamar Cohen and junior Jacob Pellegrino.
“Hillel has helped me so much with developing my leadership skills, and I never would have became president of SSI, or president of anything, really, without it."
In her positions with SSI and Hillel, Katie will head the planning and execution of KU’s Israel week coming up this spring.
“Hillel has made me much more comfortable and confident with my abilities,” Katie said. “It hasn’t made me more Jewish or less Jewish, but it has definitely kept me in the sphere of the Jewish world.”
It’s that Jewish sphere that brings people together from every corner of KU. It’s what makes it special. To Katie, being a part of Hillel is now something she knows she’ll never regret.
“Getting involved? That’s not even a question,” Katie said. “Hillel has helped me so much with developing my leadership skills, and I never would have became president of SSI, or president of anything, really, without it.”