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Kim Morter

Kim Morter

University of Texas

"Do an internship. Hands-down the best way to learn."

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Kim's work combines: Education, Non-Profit Organizations, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Special Projects Coordinator

Produce/review content for Texas OnCourse parent/higher education platforms.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Battle Mountain High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    University of Arizona

  • Graduate Degree

    Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

    Northwestern University

  • Certification

    Journalism Internship

    American University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Special Projects Coordinator:

Bachelor's Degree: Journalism

Graduate Degree: Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

Certification: Journalism Internship

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Started U of Arizona as an Ecology/Evolutionary Biology major. Got intimidated by Calculus II and Organic Chemistry.

  • 2.

    Changed major to Economics. Dropped first Econ class before mid-term.

  • 3.

    Unofficially changed major to International Relations and considered transferring to another university. Changed major (officially) to Journalism at end of sophomore year.

  • 4.

    Got REALLY involved in school activities -- honor society, Student Union Activities Board, student ambassador, Orientation. THESE ARE MY BEST EXPERIENCES!

  • 5.

    Did a semester in Washington, DC, at ABCNews as an intern. HATED it. Graduated in December, went to work, and then went to Europe. "Found myself" and realized I wanted to work on a campus.

  • 6.

    Researched Higher Education Admin programs and chose Northwestern. Moved to Chicago knowing one person, but knew it was right.

  • 7.

    Worked in Higher Ed for 20 years, left it temporarily to train adults, and am now back at it!

  • 8.

    I'm also pursuing a real estate license in my "free time," so there's that...

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    It doesn't matter what major you choose -- just graduate already!

  • How I responded:

    Nearly all majors -- with VERY few exceptions -- teach students fundamental skills. These include, writing, researching, presenting, working with others, asking good questions, and others that can be applied to almost any career field.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was luck enough to have family support for my bachelor's degree, but my graduate degree was on my own dime. I worked HARD to save money through work-study and grants, and then worked REALLY HARD to pay off my student loans.