- Katrina Parsons, graduate
- Atlanta Girls School
Katrina Parsons is no stranger to the spotlight. While her passion is acting, she is a leading lady both on and off the stage, earning several awards in theater, foreign language, science and writing.
Her interest in the performing arts began in elementary school after she danced in several ballet recitals. Having grown fond of performing on stage, the Atlanta Girls School graduate decided to enroll in a drama class instead of continuing with ballet. Soon, drama became her favorite class.
“It gave me a chance to express myself during the [school] day and break out from the stress in all my other classes,” she said.
Last year, she was the only member of her class to garner roles in all of her school’s drama productions, including “Steel Magnolias,” “Quilters” and “Antigone.”
When she wasn’t on stage, she honed her linguistic skills in both French and Spanish class.
“I was just fascinated that there were multiple ways to ask for the same thing or object,” said Parsons. “Language is a part of interacting.
While she is a beginner in Spanish, Parsons has been learning French since she was 8, when she and her family relocated to Metz, France, to follow her father’s job. Though she only lived in France for three months, Parsons continued to study French after returning to the U.S.
In addition to developing an interest in language, Parsons discovered her love for travel. At just 18 years old, she is already a well-seasoned traveler having visited 15 countries, including Belgium, Monaco and Switzerland.
Although Parsons keeps busy with her travels and theater schedule, she makes time to give back to the community. Whether it’s organizing service projects in Girl Scouts or volunteering as an assistant Sunday school teacher, she enjoys making a difference.
Parsons took an internship at Literacy Action, Inc., an adult literacy center in Atlanta, where she helped teach the fundamentals of the English language.
“It was challenging at times and heartwarming because I saw some of these adults there with low literacy skills who weren’t able to do stuff I learned way back when,” she said. “I had to help them get up to that point, so they could fill out a job application or read a medicine label.”
After working with Literacy Action, Parsons also interned at the Elaine Clark Child Development Center, a day care center for developmentally challenged children.
“The most rewarding thing at Elaine Clark was the excited and happy responses that the kids gave when I joined them in their therapy sessions,” he said.
Initially considering application to 15 universities, Parsons narrowed her selection to nine. After being accepted into all nine universities, with several scholarship opportunities, she chose Agnes Scott.
“I like the environment,” she said. “It’s a smaller school and close to home, which I prefer.”
For Parsons, choosing a major was not half as difficult as choosing a school. Influenced by the work she did with developmentally challenged children at the Elaine Clark Center, she decided to pursue a degree in psychology.
“I’ve always been curious about how the mind works, why do we do the things that we do. What goes wrong when someone has a disability,” she explained. “The internship at Elaine Clark, seeing these kids with disabilities, intrigued me even more.”
Parsons hopes to continue her travels by taking the opportunity to study abroad in college.
“I would love to visit Australia and New Zealand to see the biodiversity and see more about how the cultures developed in isolation from western cultures,” she said.
Beyond college, Parsons hopes to pursue either a career in business or professorship.