Meet Kate!

Happy Holidays! Whatever you celebrate, what makes a better gift as we round out the year than getting to meet another inspiring member of our Editorial Council? We certainly couldn’t think of anything, so we’re back to wish you all well in your celebrations and tell you a little more about the next in our long line of astounding members here at The Laughing Medusa.

To recap, our magazine is edited, designed, published, and promoted by a small group of BC’s undergraduate women each year, and we count ourselves lucky to attract some of the smartest and savviest snake-ladies that Boston College has to offer. Putting together a full publication each semester is a labor of love, and this year we’re turning the spotlight to the group of 13 awesome women who make it possible. Check back all winter break to meet the full council, head here if you missed getting to know Maggie last week, and read on right now to meet the inimitable Kate Oksen!

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Kate has been gracing us with her artwork, poetry, and personality on the Medusa Editorial Council since 2016. Keeping up with her feminist passions, Kate is also a dedicated member of Strong Women, Strong Girls, BC’s chapter of the national community mentorship program. She is an International Studies major with a Concentration in Ethics and Social Justice and a minor in Studio Art (check out some of her collage work and cover design in our new zine!). Here’s a few last fun facts about Kate to hold you over until our next edition:

Favorite literary quote?

“Kiss your own fingertips
and hug your own curves.
You are made of waves and honey
and spicy peppers when it is necessary.
You are a goddess,
I hope you haven’t forgotten.”

-Emery Allen

Personal female icon?

Alice Roosevelt—daughter of former president Theodore Roosevelt—because she was a rule breaker and non-conformist in an era where women were expected solely to conform. When visitors to the White House would complain about Alice’s behaviors or interruptions President Roosevelt would respond, “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.” I find her to be so inspiring because she is a hardcore, powerhouse woman and a free thinking spirit.

Where you can find her outside of the Medusa:

Repairing books in the conservation lab of the John J. Burns Library, in the Devlin art studios until the wee hours of the morning, or testing any Pinterest recipe that involves crescent rolls or brie cheese or both. Also find Kate on Insta to keep up with her day-to-day life!

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