We have always used metal bowls, and our cats have always drunk from the far side of the bowl. I think they don't like to see their distorted reflection.
When Clementine was a tiny baby (our only one we had as a baby kitten), she had to step in the bowl in order to reach across to drink from the far side. Now that they are all grown-up cats, they just lean over, but still insist on drinking from the far side.
An amusing related story: when Clem realized that her paw was wet after stepping in the bowl, she started using this method to wash her face, instead of licking her paw and rubbing. She would just dip her paw in the bowl and rub. She is almost 5 and still does this, the lazy bum...
Try a smaller bowl or I guess just wait until she grows big enough to reach. I wouldn't worry too much.