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Kat grew up in Bakersfield, left for college and returned to make a difference. Read how this Bakersfield native is helping students do the same.

Kat Clowes • March Consulting

As the owner of March Consulting, I help students with college admissions and career planning. We work together to figure out what they want to be.

After growing up here, I moved away for college, spent some time in Silicon Valley and LA and then decided to come back home to Bakersfield in my 20’s.

I’m a member of Twilight Rotary here in town. I’m also a member of Women Leaders in Business and a few other community groups, and I’m heavily involved in the arts scene. You’ll see me occasionally at Ovation Theater or Theater in the Black, a new company that opened earlier this year.

I love living in Bakersfield because it feels like a small town. You get that close-knit community, but there’s so much to do here. You just have to look for it. It’s also a great place to raise a family. And you don’t have to sacrifice that big-city feel. We have a great main street downtown with a lot going on, so you get the benefits of a metropolis without the transportation or crime issues that some of the bigger cities have.

The Bakersfield community continually inspires me. Everyone's willing to step up and do what they can to make this place better — whether that’s creating a new solution to a problem or building a community that supports local businesses.

When I was a teenager, I thought Bakersfield was the last place I wanted to be. I applied to colleges as far away from here as I could physically get. After returning, I started exploring all the opportunities that we have here. I think the biggest challenge was just overcoming that high school mindset my first six months back in town.

My hope for Bakersfield's future is for more students to overcome their own feelings of not wanting to be here so they can return with big ideas and take action. We are creating ways to grow talent here through opportunities like Mesh CoWork’s coding camps and Chevron’s STEM programs. I would love to see a Silicon Valley-like tech scene here.  I want all of our students to go out and see the world, experience life, find new ideas and then bring them back here to Bakersfield.

Growing up, moving away and then coming back to make my home better has been a great experience.

Whether you leave and move back or are brand new to Bakersfield, it’s a great place to be reunited — reunited with a community, with people who care about you and with people who want to make a difference.

Be reunited in Bakersfield.

Connect with Kat: @collegemarch

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