Five Things

I was in band/colorguard in high school.

I didn’t play any sports. None. When I was a kid, my parents made me do T-ball and then one year of pitching machine until they finally agreed that I had no coordination–or motivation–to play sports. In 6th grade I started playing the trumpet. I didn’t love it or the instructor, but I did love band. I stuck with it through middle school because I wanted to march with the high school band. My freshman year of high school welcomed a new band director to the district who changed everything. I was in love with band, although I still didn’t love my trumpet. I found colorguard and became a full on band nerd.  I even almost tried out for my University’s colorguard, but realized at the last minute that I needed a job more than I needed to be in band and I didn’t have time for both.

I thought I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 16.

I can’t even tell you why I thought this other than I thought it would be cool to argue in a courtroom in front of people. I may enjoy the attention of a crowd. I quickly realized I didn’t have the stones to be in such a harsh profession. So I chose teaching instead. Yes, I see the ridiculousness of that last statement.

I’ve been to over 100 concerts.

I went to my first concert when I was 15 years old. My mom and dad (because they are delightfully naive) let me drive across the state with my boyfriend to see Aerosmith (because he has fun music and doesn’t swear!–according to my mom. HA!) at the Palace in Auburn Hills (near Detroit). The opening band was Collective Soul (remember them? Probably not). I was hooked. I’ve seen everyone from Tom Petty to Metallica, Dave Matthews to Type O Negative. Rock n Roll, yo.

I’ve never done drugs.

For some reason, people find this hard to believe. But it’s true! I’ve never smoked weed or taken anything mind altering. And I didn’t drink until college.

I’ve never been outside the US.

Well, I guess if you count the couple times I went over the boarder to Canada, I have been. I’ve never needed a passport for any travel. Considering I have a degree in Spanish and am certified to teach it, that is sad. I would LOVE to go to Mexico (or Spain or any Spanish-speaking country). I would love to go somewhere warm. I would love to see France, England, Germany, and all the other European countries from the literature I have taught. I would love to visit the Netherlands and see where my ancestors are from.


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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I hope, that you will get to travel to many of the places you have named, if that’s something you really want to do! Berlin, from what I have heard, is very loved by many Americans, including my husband. It’s the most walkable city in Europe. I do love Berlin but my favorite place to visit is London. I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled a bit around Europe while I still lived in Germany. Now I mostly want to see more of my new home country – I’ve been to a few places along the eastern seaport but would love to go west – Washington state, Oregon, northern California…

  2. I was in band in middle school, too, but went to forensics nerd in high school. and I’ve been to a whole lot of concerts, but not 100! And only been to Canada, too. 🙂

  3. I didn’t do any sports in school either!
    I hope you do manage to travel to the places you want to go.

  4. I hope you get to go to Spain or Mexico!! I’ve traveled out of the country–but only to Mexico (border towns) and Canada–back when passports were not required.

  5. In theory I want to go to Europe but I don’t know if I could handle flying over the ocean without heavy narcotics. I’ve only been to Jamaica and Canada outside of the U.S. I was in band in 5th and 6th grade but quit because I didn’t like getting up early because our band elementary bad met at 7am.