Alumni in 10
Katie Sims, '18
Specialist at Ottawa County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Degree Earned/Emphasis Area
1. What has your journey been since graduation?
Since graduating from Grand Valley in 2018, I started my career in public service as a Specialist with the Ottawa County Clerk/Register of Deeds office, I joined the Young Alumni Council, and I'm working on my Masters in Public Administration.
2. How has Grand Valley had a role in your journey?
Without Grand Valley, I wouldn’t have landed the job at the Clerk/Register of Deeds office. I was encouraged to apply to their internship program during my Junior year and I got the internship! I thank Grand Valley every day that they encourage students to get real world experience through internships.
3. What is your favorite Grand Valley memory?
My first selfie with T-Haas at my first football game.
4. What three words describe your experience at Grand Valley?
Community, Encouragement, Joy.
5. How, and why, have you stayed involved with Grand
Valley since graduation?
I’ve stayed involved with Grand Valley by attending alumni events, joining the Young Alumni Council, and engaging with students on campus about democracy and voting (a perk at my job!) I’ve stayed involved because I want to help others grow professionally and personally. I was also a transfer student, and I feel like I missed out on being fulltime on Grand Valley’s campus, so I’m always happy to come back to campus and visit.
6. Why are you proud to be a Laker for a Lifetime?
I’m proud to be a Laker for a Lifetime because of the positive community that Grand Valley has created and the impact the university has globally. No matter where I go, I always seem to run into another Laker who is still just as passionate about GVSU as I am.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy spending time at the beach, kayaking, hiking, traveling, trying new craft beers, and of course watching Netflix.
8. What is your favorite quote/motto to live by?
"Trust but verify.” - Ronald Reagan
9. What motivates you?
Making the world a better place for people younger than me.
10. What book or movie have you recently enjoyed?
The 5,000 Year Leap. If you’re looking for an in-depth explanation of the 28 principles of freedom from our Founding Fathers, you should check out this book.