Adopting two homeless kittens ignited Kim’s passion for animals, influenced her education at GMC, and carved a path towards her future.
During the summer after her freshman year at Green Mountain College, Kim and her friend adopted two kittens from a house in Wells, Vermont. “The house was in really poor condition, as were the animals,” states Kim. To their sorrow, both cats eventually had to be destroyed. The experience ignited Kimberly’s passion for animals and their well-being, inevitably influencing her education at GMC, and carving a path towards her future.
In 2010 Kim began collaborating with College on creating a new academic minor. “I had public policy with prof. Sam Edwards and he brought up the minor of animal law,” she said.
“We [Kim and another student colleague] started lobbying outside the cafeteria, getting signatures, proposing surveys,” Kim said. Soon after, a volunteer group of faculty committed to bringing animal studies as a discipline to GMC was in development. Kim and her student colleagues began putting together a sampling of classes based on programs at the Lewis and Clark Law School and Michigan State University, and helped the committee document student support for the animal studies minor, a key step in getting the minor approved.
In addition to her double major, (environmental studies and philosophy), and creating another minor at Green Mountain College, Kim has had an exciting life in athletics, playing on the GMC soccer team since her freshman year.