Kimberly Howrigan of Fairfield, Vermont spent USM years creating an impressive resume as a scholar and an athlete. She will graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She earned magna cum laude honors for her academics. She served as the captain of the women's basketball team and president of the USM Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which earned national honors for efforts in the community, including working with athletes from the Maine Special Olympics.
What led you to pursue your education at USM? Coming from a small town in Vermont, I wanted to branch out and get outside of my comfort zone. It was really important for me to get away and learn to be successful on my own. Portland and Gorham had a certain feel that I knew would remind me of home and come with so many opportunities.
Have you had an experience at USM that you feel changed your life or your view of the world? My experience playing on the Women's Basketball team aswell as being apart of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has provided me with so many lessons and opportunities that I am forever grateful for. These organizations taught me the importance of being resilient through times of adversity and being compassionate towards others while creating a culture of inclusion.
What are your future plans? This coming year I will be continuing my education here at USM in order to receive my MBA before furthering my career in public accounting. I hope to continue to broaden my horizons and move outside of New England but know that I'll always have a home here in Maine.
Is there anyone you'd like to thank? I want to thank my parents for their constant support and love. My sister and brothers for always pushing me to become a better person and being a constant reminder of the qualities that I strive to achieve. My coaches and the many faculty at the University that have helped me achieve feats that I didn't think were possible and providing me with opportunities to only continue to grow. My friends for being that shoulder to cry on when the times got tough.