STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Katharina (Kat) Stobbs (’13) takes full advanta by Melissa Lombard These are a few of her K at Stobbs was connected to the garnet and gold long before she set foot on campus. Her mother Alison (Brewer) Stobbs (’81) and her aunt, Suzanne (Brewer) Harding (’79), are Allisonians and Kat grew up visiting her mother’s best friend Janet (Tuttle) Matthews (’80) and her family. Kat came to Mount Allison all the way from Penrith, U.K., and could not be happier with the experience. “What is nice about what I’ve done here is I have been able to try a bit of everything,” she says. In her first three years at Mount Allison, Stobbs sat on various Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) committees, volunteered for the Relay for Life, was an assistant don at Windsor Hall, brought back the field hockey club, and performed in The Vagina Monologues.  This year she was a white shirt in the Orientation committee, secretary for MASU, and worked as assistant stage manager for Black Tie Productions’ The Full Monty and the Ascars — an annual gala event that celebrates student life at Mount Allison. She took on the position of the Layton Fisher Intern in Philanthropy in Mount Allison’s alumni office, where she helped prepare students for life after university through the Public Relations Expertise Program (PREP) and worked with grad class officers to organize and plan activities around Convocation. She also helped plan alumni events and acted as a liaison with the alumni board. “The job has done so much for me that I can’t even pin down one thing,” she says. “I learned something from every single experience that I will take with me.” Stobbs’ starring role this year, however, was as Maria in the Garnet and Gold Musical Theatre Society’s production of The Sound of Music. This was her first ever major role in a theatre production. “I realized that in my entire four years I have never felt happier and more alive than when I was involved in the show,” she says. Through this experience Stobbs has discovered that musical theatre really is one of her favourite things and she hopes it will be a part of her future. “It would have to be divine intervention, but I am not as afraid to give it a shot anymore and see what happens,” she says. Stobbs was elected as the Class of 2013’s valedictorian — an honour she says was the perfect way to end her Mount Allison journey. “We have all achieved so much together and Convocation was really a testament to all the hard work we have put in over the years.” Although she does not know what is next for her, she is looking forward to the many possibilities ahead. “I don’t have a distinct vision of what I want to do, but I now know about all the new things I am interested in. I’m going to apply for everything that interests me and see what comes back. It is slightly terrifying, but liberating at the same time,” she says. 8 / Summer 2013 / RECORD