Meet Katharine Bigott'10
Class Agent and lover of all things Beloit
Name: Katharine Bigott
Class Year: 2010
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Occupation: MBA/MA Candidate at The Wharton School and The Lauder Institute
What's on your bucket list? Visiting all seven continents. I've already traveled extensively through North America, Europe, and Africa. Asia is up next and I am going to eventually get to Antarctica one way or another!
What can't you live without? To-Do Lists! I am always scribbling all kinds of different lists on random pieces of paper – everything from what I need to accomplish that day to books I want to read and things I need from the grocery store.
What is your proudest moment? When I received a phone call that I had been admitted to the MBA program at the Wharton School. At Beloit, my studies in international development instilled in me a desire to improve quality of life for people in developing countries. Pursuing an MBA will enable me to take the next step to build a career focused on social impact in emerging markets and improve quality of life for people around the world.
Favorite meal? Macaroni and Cheese.
Why do you volunteer to be a Class Agent? Volunteering as a class agent is a way for me to give back to a school that has given me so much. From amazing professors to my experiences in music, athletics, and study abroad, I couldn't imagine better preparation for life and career than Beloit. Serving as a class agent enables me to continue my love affair with Beloit College while ensuring that future students will have access to the same amazing opportunities that I did.
How long have you been volunteering for Beloit? Nearly eight years! In addition to my four years as a class agent, I started volunteering as a Tour Guide for Gold Key during my first year. Now, I serve as a Class Agent, work with current students on their resumes, and shamelessly promote Beloit to every high school student I meet.
What else do you volunteer for (at Beloit or elsewhere)? Through my previous job at Deloitte Consulting, I've been very involved with Junior Achievement, a non-profit that delivers programs fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills to children. Each year, I organize the delivery of Junior Achievement curriculum to over 270 students in grades K-8 on Deloitte's annual "Impact Day" of community service.
Why do you support Beloit financially? I support Beloit so that future students will have access to the same opportunities that I did. As a student, I was lucky enough to receive generous academic and music scholarships that made it possible for me to attend Beloit. While it can be difficult for young alumni to give back, even modest contributions can make a big difference!
What is your favorite memory of Beloit? Enjoying long Sunday morning brunches at Commons. With only one dining hall, you were bound to run into your friends and linger over coffee all afternoon to avoid the inevitable Sunday afternoon trek to the library.
Favorite campus hangout? The turtle mounds, of course! The mounds are such an iconic piece of Beloit and make our landscape so unique. Spending an afternoon reading on the turtle mounds is a quintessential Beloit experience.
What about Beloit gets you excited (today)? Even while time moves forward, the best parts about Beloit stay the same. On a recent walk around campus, I was amazed to that the students look the same and that many campus rhythms and traditions remain unchanged. Despite time marching on, there are always new first-year students who are falling in love with Beloit for the very first time. Being able to make Beloit special for them keeps me connected with how special Beloit is to me.
What advice would you give to new Class Agents just starting out? Be enthusiastic, excited, and energetic! Being a Class Agent is a fantastic way to help your peers stay connected with each other and with an incredibly memorable and meaningful period of their lives.