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Access to a Lake Forest College economics professor led to an internship, a professional mentor, and a career path for Carolyn Lowry, whose close relationship with faculty member and alumnus Jill Mason Terzakis lasted long past graduation.
Through Professor Terzakis, the economics and international relations double major landed an internship at the Chicago public finance company Scott Balice Strategies, an experience that exposed her to work across the public and private sectors. Armed with Terzakis’s encouragement and job search assistance, Carolyn pursued employment opportunities at the Federal Trade Commission and Bank of America in the nation’s capitol. Today Carolyn works in government relations for Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Bancorp, where she conducts research and monitors legislation and hearings related to the banking and finance industry.
“One of the strengths of Lake Forest College is that you’re able and encouraged to develop relationships with faculty,” said Carolyn, who is also earning a law degree from George Washington University. “Jill was the first mentor I had in my working experiences, and that was valuable. She provided references and helped me with my job searches while I was in school and beyond.”
Carolyn formed other influential connections with faculty that started as early as her first year. As a Richter Scholar, Carolyn conducted research with Professor of Economics Carolyn Tuttle on the difficult working conditions Mexican women face in U.S.-owned companies located south of the U.S.-Mexican border. The experience not only took her across the border where her home stay with a Mexican worker vividly brought these challenges to life, it solidified her interest in research from an economics standpoint.
“Working for Professor Tuttle was great. She had a vision for the research and how to incorporate students into it,” Carolyn recalled. “Lake Forest College laid the groundwork for letting you develop relationships with faculty, and encourages you to continue them.”