Mary Kate is a participant in the Fall 2014 Praxis class from San Antonio, TX
With parents always encouraging me to try new things and explore, my childhood was spent participating in numerous sports, activities, and clubs. Shyness was never an option for me. Going door-to-door to sell Girl Scout cookies or campaign for a local official were annual activities in my household. Three years of speech and debate competitions also forced me to learn to think critically, argue logically, and speak to an audience without reserve. My parents allowed me to spread my wings and live in Budapest, Hungary with a missionary family for six months while I was only 16. This experience gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture and discover this world. Through my experiences door-to-door, working overseas in a library, and then later gaining employment in retail positions in the states, I recognized my passion for customer service.
Working in the business world became my goal when I realized that my entrepreneurial tendencies outweighed my other gifts. Even in elementary school, I created my own businesses pet sitting, babysitting, or house cleaning. Leading teams and accomplishing massive goals has never intimidated me, but rather spurred me on to work harder. Spending a year in high school earning minimum wage also made me learn the value of a dollar and become more responsible with money.
The main reason I chose Praxis is because I want to gain insightful, first-hand experience in the makings of a small business as well as contribute to the success of that company. I also know that not all skills can be learned through a traditional education. By taking a non-traditional route, I feel confident that my raw skills and experience that I have accumulated over my life thus far can be enhanced and cultivated through Praxis.