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Kare Terry2014 Rising Alumni

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Kate Terry started working at the Carlson School of Management as a front desk manager in its Carlson Global Institute. After completing her master's degree, she became a program manager steering over 30 incoming and outgoing semester exchanges and summer programs in 25 countries. Kate positively impacts the study abroad experience for all Carlson undergraduates.


Global Immersion Program Manager
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Who has inspired you the most during your career?

My experience as a student worker in the CEHD Student Services office made me realize that my true passion was working in higher education and directly with college students. I helped several advisers with their summer orientation sessions and assisted with student registration. I ended up switching my undergraduate major because the experience completely changed my professional goals and outlook. A huge thank you to all of those advisers- you know who you are! I continue to be inspired by the current advisers and program managers that I work with today in the Carlson Global Institute. I'm grateful to have learned so much about student services and professionalism from my colleagues.

What is your favorite University of Minnesota memory?

My semester in Toledo, Spain through the Learning Abroad Center was the highlight of my undergraduate career. It changed the way I look at the world and myself, and the experience made me realize I wanted to work in international education in some capacity. I will also never forget my first Gopher football game at TCF Bank Stadium! It was my senior year and the perfect way to spend my last autumn as an undergrad. The campus was alive with school spirit in a way I had not experienced before. It was infectious!

What professors were most influential during your time in CEHD?

Gerald Fry and Jarrett Gupton.

What gets you excited about work?

I love working with Carlson students getting ready to study abroad on a full semester exchange. It is such an amazing adventure and I especially enjoy working with students who have never been out of the country before. It is a very intimidating and scary endeavor, but I know it will change their lives forever and it is incredibly rewarding to be a part of that. I also love working with the incoming exchange students from all over the world. They teach me so much about their home cultures and I like sharing Minnesota culture with them. One of my favorite slides from orientation is explaining the concept of "Minnesota Nice" to our incoming exchange students.

What is a good book you would recommend to others?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

What is a "fun fact" about you?

My mom, aunt, and I drove a car around Ireland last summer and visited relatives who still live on our family farm. My great-great-aunt took me to the river where my relatives boarded a boat to come to the United States. It was really powerful!