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Katie Aikins - SIFE USA

Katie Aikins
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The teachers here care. I don’t think I would have had the same experience somewhere else."
~ Katie Aikins, senior management major and president of Students in Free Enterprise

Senior management major Katie Aikins enrolled at Pittsburg State four years ago with the hope that there would be many opportunities to use her natural abilities as a student leader.

As it turns out, she was exactly right.

“I’ve heard people from the area say they looked at other schools because they wanted to experience something different, but I’ve learned you have just as many opportunities here than you would at a large school,” she said. “The teachers here care. I don’t think I would have had the same experience somewhere else.”

Aikins, of Pittsburg, has served for the past two years as president of PSU’s Students In Free Enterprise chapter, an award-winning international organization that hones students’ business and presentation skills. Each year, the group takes part in regional, and often national, SIFE competitions.

For Aikins, who has recently guided the chapter through some significant changes to the volunteer work it does in order to align with new standards, the experience is leading to bigger opportunities than she originally thought. In February she will join an exclusive group of SIFE chapter leaders from across the nation at the SIFE USA Partner Summit in New York City.

The summit, which brings potential SIFE business sponsors together to meet with students and hear from other sponsoring companies (such as Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club), is a chance for future professionals like Aikins to do some priceless networking.

“It’s a great experience to be able to meet with some of these top representatives,” she said. “I’m looking forward to having those discussions and hearing from them about how they got where they are.”