Kayla Christine Burns

What’s in a name?

When I was five years old, my kindergarten teacher asked me what my full name was. I proudly declared that it was Kayla Christine Burns! …but only when I was in trouble.

I’ve come a long ways from that point of view, although it remains the only time my mother uses my middle name. In high school, I liked to use my full name because I thought it sounded more mature. In college, it made me stand out on social media, and now, it almost feels like a secret passcode. When I hear someone say my full name, my stomach is automatically filled with the warm and fuzzy feeling you get from seeing someone you love, as my boyfriend and sisters are the only ones who religiously use all 19 letters.