One long look into her deep brown eyes,or just listening to the way she tells a story,and you know Kim McBurrows is going places. Sure,the 20-year old junior from Falls Church,Va.,is like so many others you may meet in the street,but probe deeper and you’ll find that underneath the cool exterior lies an extremely hard-working,and yet comically witted young woman with one thing on her mind: success.
Whether it is earning her bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Hampton University (May 2003),attending law school,becoming Editor-in-Chief of the Hampton Script,or just relaxing with friends,Kim is always determined to make the most of whatever situation in which she finds herself.
Born the youngest of three and the only daughter to Ted and Debi McBurrows,Kim was already the shining star in her family. She had always maintained excellent grades throughout her schooling,as well as led an active extracurricular life.
She began writing at the age of seven,starting with a scattering of poems and short stories. Having been read by one of Kim’s teachers,her poetry was then published in several school publications and eventually led to her being accepted into the advanced classes at her high school.
Along with being a member of the girls’ basketball team,concert choir,and FBLA,to name a few,Kim decided that she wanted to join The Raiders’ Digest,her high school newspaper. It was here that Kim developed a love for journalism. Her stories and hard work made her a page editor within her first year on the staff.
Once Kim began as a staff writer for the Hampton Script,she knew that one day she would like to join the staff as an editor and eventually work for a national newspaper after college. Kim joined the editors’ staff in her junior year,working as a sports editor. She organized press passes for her staff,and wrote several stories for her section,as well as the campus and entertainment sections.
Once Kim had proven herself,she was named Editor-in-Chief for her senior year. This year she plans to concentrate on more innovative stories that focus on student issues and concerns.
This summer,along with working at the Scripps Howard Foundation News Wire,she has already begun planning the Script’s calendar and events for her staff.
Following her senior year,Kim wants to attend law school. At a very early age,her father,who is an attorney,instilled in her the idea that in this day and age,everyone will always be in need of a good attorney. Kim,along with some of her fellow HU graduates who plan to start their own magazine,figured that she too will be in need of one for her magazine and that paying for one just seems like an obsolete concept. Instead she will attend law school and center her attention on corporate and libel law,so that she can represent her own company.
In the meantime,Kim looks forward to her promising future with a serious face and a devilish grin. She’s proven herself this far; she plans to make it all the way.
Stories by Kim McBurrows - Spring 2002
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