Student profile: Katie Boggs - A Passion for Giving Back
By Katie Chappell
An enthusiastic leader on campus, Katie Boggs is excited to share her love for CSUSM and leave a legacy at the University for years to come. In her role as chair of the Student Philanthropy Council, she hopes to convince all of her fellow students of the importance of giving back.
“I’m passionate about getting involved with something bigger than myself,” shared Katie. “Students may ask how their small gift can truly make a difference, but when we all work together we can change the game for a student in need.”
The Student Philanthropy Council, formerly the Senior Class Gift Campaign, is a student committee dedicated to growing the culture of giving on campus. Their mission is to raise funds for an endowed scholarship annually awarded to a deserving student.
Prepared to Succeed
There are many reasons to give back to your university, but one of Katie’s motivations is to acknowledge Cal State San Marcos for providing her with a solid launching pad to her career. A business major with an emphasis on supply chain management, last year Katie summer interned at ViaSat, a communications company based in Carlsbad. That summer internship turned into a part-time position, and in May she joined ViaSat full-time as a procurement specialist while she finishes up her final coursework toward a fall 2015 graduation. She is grateful for how the College of Business Administration at CSUSM has prepared her to take classroom concepts and apply them in the workplace, encouraging her to think outside the box to find solutions to perplexing problems.
“My classes challenged me to constantly do more than what was expected,” Katie said. “If I can use that same mindset in my workplace, I think I’ll be an effective and successful employee.”