Kim says farewell to Highline

By Cinthia Velez-Regalado - Yo Hablo CVR

Noory Kim will be missed and remembered as a leader in the Highline community.

Kim started at Highline as a Running Start student. She was first interested in Pre-med. She shifted interests after working with students as a student at Highline. She interned at Highline for a year at the short-lived campus business center.

As a student, Kim didn't have it easy.

She at one point worked three jobs while being a part time student. But it was through Highline that she learned she was a "gem as a student." As a Highline student she learned to value diversity and community.

Kim finished her bachelor's degree in psychology from Seattle University with the help of Highline.

"Cherish every moment here [Highline]," said Kim. "Make connections, build relationships." Doris Martinez and Kim were both students at Highline at the same time. They both eventually ended up working together. Your classmates are your future co-workers, said Kim.

Kim found Highline to be a safe space.

"I came out in so many different things, in being who I am in general, not just in my sexuality," she said.

It's always important as a student to take care of yourself.

"Carve some of your life out for you, yourself," Kim said. "Often I see students carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.

"Don't live your life as if it'll come tomorrow or in the future. Live your life now," she said.

Often students postpone their lives because they are invested in school or in their families and they forget to live their life, said Kim.

"Students have power, you are the sleeping giants," she said. "It's not about what we think is right for the student, it's about the student telling us what's right for them."

Kim leaves advice for faculty and staff also. "Students are your priority," she said. "Don't forget you were once a student."

She wanted faculty and staff to reflect.

"Sometimes you're the ones getting in the way of the students' success," said Kim.

As a whole, Highline needs to be diverse and needs more social justice focus she said.

Kim worked at Highline for six years, as a leadership adviser. She also was the chair for Thunderweek and is one of the co-founders for the Queer I Am student conference.

Kim was on the Highline LGBTIA task force, she also was a co-adviser for Student Government, she did leadership programing, and she oversaw the design team, which included graphic designers and a marketing outreach social media tech.

"One of my main takeaways from Highline is how to love," said Kim. "Y'all were my inspiration."

Kim explained that students were what helped her get through some of her tough times.

Kim was inspired by students to go back to school and start her master's in counseling.

"I thought if they could do it, I can do it," she said.

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