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FROM READERS: MU student balances school, sports, consignment store

December 30, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Kate Gallagher, a senior finance major at MU, co-founded an on-campus consignment store while balancing school and a position on the MU women's golf team.

Angela Pearson is an MU journalism and political science double major and an intern in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, which shares achievement and success stories at Mizzou. Pearson shared this story about MU student Kate Gallagher. This article was also published by the MU Honors College.

When Kate Gallagher was a freshman at Mizzou she was told that there were three “S’s” of college — school, sleep and social life — and that she needed to pick two.

Instead, she added a fourth.

“I threw in sports,” she says.

Gallagher, a senior finance major from Savannah, Mo., maintains her four “S’s” while also running a student business which she helped create. 

In addition to keeping a 4.0 grade-point average, Gallagher is a co-founder of Quirks, a consignment shop housed in the MU Student Center that caters to the local crafting community.

Selling one-of-a-kind Mizzou coasters, necklaces and original canvas art, Quirks serves as a creative outlet for crafters, designers and other entrepreneurs.

Gallagher and three other students collaborated to develop the idea for the store. They presented their business plan to the Missouri Student Unions Entrepreneurial Program and were granted space for the 2013-14 school year.

“We would like to see it continue after we graduate, whether we own it, or it is something the university picks up,” Gallagher says.

Her responsibilities with the store include issuing financial statements, paying consigners and handling purchases, along with other day-to-day operations.

Outside of school and her time at Quirks, Gallagher has found success on the golf course as a member of the MU women’s golf team.

“I’ve been playing in tournaments since I was six,” she says.

In 2011 and 2012, Gallagher was named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team and served as a representative at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. She is also the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at MU.

Her work with athletics spans beyond being an athlete, as Gallagher spent the summer as an intern with the MU athletics business office.

Gallagher also manages to make time to serve the community.

“The community around here has given me so much. I think it’s only fair I give back,” says Gallagher, who serves on the executive planning committee for the Boys and Girls Club's annual Rootin’-Tootin’ Chili Cookoff.

Gallagher recognizes the role of mentors who have influenced her and helped her become the leader she is today. As she looks forward to life after Mizzou, Gallagher says she would like to work in collegiate athletics and become a mentor for other student-athletes.

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