Get to Know Kate Shea - Distinguished Young Woman of Montana 2013


Name: Kate Shea

Age: 18, but only for 12 more days!
Hometown:Helena, Montana
College: University of Montana
Major: Journalism
What is your favorite food: Calamari. I know it’s a little weird, but I really love fried squid.
What is your favorite TV show: Doctor Who, it’s an absolute must for sci-fi and fantasy fans and it’s the oldest running program in television history.
What is your favorite movie: Beauty and the Beast
What is your favorite quote: “I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.” – Marilyn Monroe.
What is your most hated household chore: Washing dishes, I cannot handle wet food particles. Just talking about grosses me out.
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Hang on, give me time to think. Just a minute, I think I need more time on this question. You know what, I think I should probably hydrate before answering this question. Let me come back to it. Can I give you the answer tomorrow? Procrastinate.
Paper OR plastic? Paper, you can’t beat biodegradable and what else are you going to use to cover your high school textbooks with?
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Glass half-full definitely. In the immortal words of Monty Python: Always look on the Brightside of life!
Introvert OR extrovert? Introvert. Big Parties? Terrifying. Give me a mug of cocoa and a Netflix marathon anytime.
Cats OR Dogs? Is this even a question? Dogs! They aren’t called a Distinguished Young Woman’s best friend for nothing, right? At least I’m pretty sure that’s how that saying goes. Honestly, leaving my dogs has been the hardest part about going to college, I still have my mom put them on the phone sometimes.
Morning person OR night person? I’m a total night owl. I’d much rather stay up until 5 a.m than wake up at 5 a.m.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you absolutely need for survival? A wi-fi connection, fresh water, and a How To Guide on how to build a raft.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional with whom would it be? Emma Stone. Just think about it: Emma has made out with Ryan Gosling in multiple movies and in real life she is dating Spider-man.
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? For an anxious person like myself, all of those people telling me how difficult college was going to be were really not helping. I wish somebody told me that I was going to get through it. Millions of people graduate from college every year, if they could do it why can’t you? It’s an adjustment, but like all adjustments it just takes some time to get used to.
Sum yourself up in three words. Sarcastic. Empathetic. Progressive.
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? I’m still thinking journalism, but in light of the recent government shut down I could really see going into politics. I’ve really grown to be passionate about politics over the past couple of years, especially after having interned for Montana’s Senator Tester. There are so many people who just aren’t getting a voice in Washington, particularly the impoverished and minorities. I would be honored to give them that voice.
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience.  When I competed at the state level, I grew to be great friends with two lovely ladies: Megan Lewis, the Distinguished Young Woman of Cut Bank, and Johanna Nagy, the Distinguished Young Woman of Phillips County. At the end of the week we didn’t want it all to end. Luckily, we heard plenty of stories about the Has-Been program from one of the former Distinguished Young Women of Montana. We decided that if the national program could have Has-Beens so could we. Megan and Johanna returned to Cut Bank to spend the entire week helping me mentor the girls and it was amazing to reconnect with them. Even after a year apart, it was like nothing had changed. I am so lucky to have forged such lasting friendships through this program. 

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