Katie Tomer, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science. When she enrolled at USM, the Massachusetts native had already worked as a ballet dancer in the US and abroad and taught English in Thailand. She came here because of a health sciences minor. “I have a passion for alternative medicines and that was extremely appealing to me." Her horizons grew when she and a classmate traveled to a global youth leadership conference in New Delhi, India. “It’s something that really helped me to grow, not only as a student but as a person, to see myself in a different light. Maybe I could contribute something to society in a meaningful way.” She has led free yoga and meditation classes at the campus Recovery Oriented Campus Center. Off campus, Tomer, a Native American, has worked for three years with Maine-Wabanaki REACH to go into the state’s prisons. She has facilitated healing circles for over 60 inmates. She serves as the executive assistant for Make Shift Coffee House and Good Group Decisions in Brunswick. Her immediate plans include graduate school. She has applied to the Muskie School’s Policy, Planning and Management Program. Her longer term goals are broader. “If you said I was hoping for ‘World Peace,’ you wouldn’t be far off,” she said.
USM Public Affairs / Photo and video by Alan Bennett / Interview by Daniel Hartill