Catch us up! Tell us about yourself, and what’s happened over the last 15 years?
I am Katrina Moore Belser, originally from Chicago, Illinois. I have been married to the love of my life for almost 6 years now. I received two Master’s after Spelman, ordained into ministry, and became a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I am currently an Elementary Principal at a Christian private school in Augusta, Georgia. I fearlessly serve my family and community to the best of my ability. I am an Endometriosis Warrior maintaining home and career, while sometimes dealing with chronic pain.
What have been some of your major life milestones since then?
I was diagnosed with a chronic pain disease called Endometriosis and have been pouring into my mental, physical and spiritual health. A part of this experience has not only been about educating myself, but also about educating others. I have become an advocate for Endometriosis Awareness, sharing research and lessons learned along the way. I have found community and it helps me remember that I'm not alone in this journey.
What did you value most about your experience as a student at Spelman?
I valued the academic rigor. I was an English major and loved learning. I did my best to soak up every course and seminar. I attended Emory and Bethel University post-undergraduate, but I can truly say the education I received at Spelman can't be compared. I also value the friendships that I still have to this very day.
What's one thing you'd like to share about yourself that your Spelman sisters may not know?
I was very insecure at Spelman and really felt like I didn’t fit the Spelman mold. It wasn’t until I graduated that I created my own mold, and that is the true essence of Spelman - helping you to shine and be who you are as a woman of color. You don’t have to fit a particular mold.
What impact would you like to make on the world?
As an educator, I believe in the power of shared knowledge. With God’s help, I will change the piece of the world God has given to me. It may be in education, ministry, law, or family matters, but I will do it in my own way, in my own time, to bring glory to God.
What most excites you about your future?
The ability to wake up every day and do it all over again! I experience God’s grace and mercy daily. I am not even supposed to be alive, with all the health scares I have been through, but my relationship with God and the support of my family has surrounded me with so much to look forward to.
Will we see you at Reunion?
I will not be able to attend our 15-year Reunion; however, I plan to participate in all the virtual and social media activities. The week of our Reunion, I plan to wear Spelman attire every day to honor our illustrious institution!
Thank you for this opportunity and blessings to my Spelman Sisters across the world, especially the Class of 2008 (’08 the Owl, AU Watch Out!).