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First Post (I promise the creativitiy of my titles will exponentially increase)!

Hello to everyone reading this! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Katherine Stein, but very, very few people address me as Katherine and those who do typically are trying to be different or special. Most people call me KT, which is short for Katherine Therese. I wish that my middle name started with any of the 25 other letters because as you may have gathered, KT sounds awfully similar to Katie. While I understand the ambiguity (this is one of my favorite words, take note) of my name, it irks me when people do not take a slight pause and stress the “T” when speaking of or with me. This is an intentional segway into my first comment about heading off to Oxford: I have no clue what name I will introduce myself as. I will come back to this in the future. For the purposes of organization, and keeping myself from sprouting off into absurd tangents, I will break myself down into paragraphs!

A quick glimpse:

Disclaimer: I am very, very good at talking about myself. I think it is a talent that many have but few have mastered. Here goes.

My entire life, I have been a people person. I love talking to people, observing them, arguing with them, loving them, learning from them, teaching them, helping them, and the list goes on and on. This is probably the root of my outgoing, slightly obnoxious, and of course hilarious personality. I’m excited to try it out on the British. I have two brothers who I love more than anything in the world. My older brother, Matt, just graduated from Ranger School. Rangers lead the way! My younger brother, Tim, is a freshman soccer player at Curry College.


Oh yeah, the Oxford thing!

I am attending Worcester College, Oxford University for the entire academic year. I am not coming home at all, and want to hit up at least 20 countries on those breaks. I love:

-the beach



-golden retriever puppies




-pretending I can rap


-Minar (Indian food near Hamilton)

I dislike:

-the fact that this sounds like an Eharmony profile

-rude people at restaurants

-people who don’t say how they feel

-broken relationships


I am a junior English major and Philosophy minor at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. If you haven’t heard of Hamilton, educate yourself. Tis a grand ol’ time. I spent my freshman year at George Washington University in the heart of Washington, DC. While I loved the city and do miss it, I could not stand GWU for many reasons. Let’s just say I knew after my third day of classes that I needed to bounce from the city. My freshman year was a stressful and confusing time in my life, and I went through periods of feeling completely lost and disconnected from myself, to intense nostalgia for previous times, to glimpses of the so-called light at the end of the tunnel, to terrible heartbreak. I look back on that time and am glad I went through it because I learned a lot about myself and have never been as happy as I am now! After a very long, tedious, and stressful process, I decided to transfer to Hamilton. If there is one thing you should know about me, it is that I am constantly obsessing over improving myself, so Hamilton is the best place for me. I had a few other options, but Hamilton’s open curriculum, writing, reading, and speaking intensive attitude towards academics and activities drew me in. The school represents everything I love about myself. Our motto is “Know Thyself.” At Hamilton, I study very hard and can typically be found doing three things: Reading, writing, or laughing. However, I do a few things besides studying and laughing.

Things I do besides studying and laughing at Hamilton:

Mock Trial: I am obsessed with mockin’. My best friends at Hamilton all mock it like it’s hot. We spend an absurd amount of time together and our Chuggie’s parties can get a tad out of hand. I’ll leave it at that. Hamilton Mock Trial finished 48th in the country this year. We ROCK. Shoutout to TSR (Oxford alum!).

COOP Service: Through Hamilton’s service initiative, eight members of each incoming class are chosen to complete internships at non-profit organizations throughout the Utica area (depleting city 15 minutes away from Hamilton’s campus). I interned at the Salvation Army headquarters. Over the course of my internship, I ran the after-school program for youth to keep kids off the streets, helped to re-organize the budget, ran the red-kettle Christmas campaign, and did small everyday tasks such as serving people food at the soup kitchen and carrying food from the pantry to people’s homes. It was an absolutely incredible experience that deeply effected my future relationships with people and revealed to me the stark contrast between my life and those less fortunate than me.

Pre-Law Society: I am the Vice-President of the newly founded Pre-Law Society at Hamilton. If you couldn’t tell, I want to attend law school immediately after graduation (Stanford baby), so this position is very important to me. We are dedicated to helping prepare undergraduate students for law school and are working on an undergraduate law review!

Working out: I’ll just say it so that those who know me are reading this will be satisfied: I am obsessed with working out and eating well. I grew up playing very competitive basketball, so being healthy has always just been a part of my life. Over the past year, I have dedicated myself to working out as hard as I can and eating as well as I can every single day. I LOVE kickboxing ( Chelsea SHOUTOUT), yoga, running, the INSANITY! workout, walking my dog, walking back and forth to the fridge, swimming, etc. I LOVE to cook good food and am seriously depressed that I can’t bring my food processor overseas.

Writing tutor: This is informal, but I probably read and edit at least five of my friend’s papers a week. As I have said, I love to write, and I do so obsessively. I write five drafts of every paper. This may be a problem at Oxford as I am expected to write 30 pages every two weeks.

Therapist: People come to me with their problems. I fix them.

Music: Saving the best for last! I am a HUGE fan of music. Anyone who knows me knows that I spend the majority of my free time (that I’m not laughing) downloading and listening to music. A few Hamilton homies and I set up a blog, Tapesand808s, where we review (mostly) rap and hip-hop albums, tracks, and mixtapes. If you want a taste of my music taste, you can listen to the tape “Section80” by Kendrick Lamar (my favorite current rapper, everything he touches is gold) or the track “Pyramids” by Frank Ocean off of his recent masterpiece “Channel Orange.”

My Summer:

This summer, I worked 7 days a week for 15 weeks. It was….exhausting. But not really. I am one of those people who lives to GO, GO, GO! People thought I was crazy, I thought I was brilliant. I made SO much money that I will spend next year as I parade around Europe. My time was split well between interning at Hachette Book Group, one of the big six publishing firms in the heart of Midtown, Manhattan, and nannying in Rye, NY and Westhampton, NY.

Working on Park Ave was definitely….interesting? I’m not really sure what to call it. My desire to live and work in California slightly faded because I loved New York so much. I still studied for the LSAT on the train and spent the majority of my nights dreaming/stressing about going to Stanford Law. Anyways, the constant hustle and bustle of that huge city perfectly suited my high energy and driven spirit. It seeped into my soul the same way the sweat seeped into my pores when I, reluctantly, rode the subway.

At Hachette, I was a legal and contracts intern, which may sound boring. Oh contrare, my friends. My department was some top-notch fun. They were all SUCH homies in a big way. Andrea, my British boss, gave me some excellent tips for Oxford. I just kicked it and laughed (surprise surprise) with them most days between all the work I always had to do. I loved my days and got to take a picture of David Foster Wallace’s signature. Monday through Friday, I lived the life of a busy college intern who pretended to be grown up and living a real life when in reality I am still clueless about how the world works.

Friday night through Sunday night was a completely different story. Monday through Friday, I lived outside of NYC in Rye, NY (35 min train ride) with a fun and exciting family who I nannied for. Since the kids are in camp during the week, Amy (the Momma), told me I had the week off. Enter internship at Hachette. Come Friday night, we traveled to their amazing beach house in Westhampton. The Hamptons was a different world. The family has three boys (I KNOW). Ben is 8, Jack is 7, Sam is 4. They were a handful, let me tell you. I grew very close to them and already miss them so much. I LOVE KIDS. Facetime is a wonderful invention, Apple!

That’s about all you need to know for now. Now to get to the Oxford thing.

I have wanted to go to Oxford for a VERY long time. I just never thought I would actually be doing it! EEK! I can’t wait. I will be studying English Literature and Philosophy. I really want to row, join a few clubs, and go to many, many pubs. British wit is probably my favorite type of humor, so that will be fun(ny). I have not done much to prepare, so my travel over there should be either a really stressful disaster or a hilarious disaster. I just got home from Westhampton three days ago, and I am leaving tomorrow to visit Hamilton and my best friend in NYC for a week. I still have to get my tattoo and go to the doctor before I leave. Prepare for an entire year in England? Nah. Just see where the world takes you, KT.

For those interested, this is a blog that I have been keeping since June. It is an inspirational blog that has a lot of my favorite quotes and beautiful images. I will be keeping that blog while I keep this one, but this is where I will be writing and posting images and videos!



leilockheart:Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller


One Response to “First Post (I promise the creativitiy of my titles will exponentially increase)!”

  1. Jordan Sweigart Says:

    I am going to Worcester too! So excited! See you there!

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