Samantha Kates is an August 2017 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science double major in psychology and human services. Samantha grew up in Lee's Summit, MO and is a first-generation college student. During her time at Northwest, Samantha participated in the Behavioral Sciences Association, Professional Research Organization, and Sigma Society where she served on the executive board as the community service chair. Samantha worked as a teaching assistant, along with being a student mentor for TRiO Student Support Services. Throughout her experience at Northwest embraced a passion for helping others attain their goals. Following her time with MCAC, Samantha plans to pursue a master's degree in school counseling and hopes to work with high school students throughout her career."