Hometown: I am from Oxford, N.C., a very small, rural town close to the Virginia state line. I have spent the majority of my life in this area, and I built my career there as well.
Educational Background: I began my education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and continued on to Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., obtaining my bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2005. During that time, I became a single parent of an awesome little girl.
Career Background: I worked full time at a group home for individuals with developmental disabilities while going to school full time. After moving up the ladder and then eventually losing my job due to a downturn in the healthcare sector, I decided to go to community college and beef up my sciences. In the meantime, I landed a great job in management at a local company. But, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I wasn’t living to my full potential. Eventually, my mom sat me down and told me who I was—I mean who I really was—and it wasn’t Kimberly Terry, Oxford resident forever and ever. At the time I got accepted, I was working two jobs, and I wrote up a proposal to work remotely as a community pathways manager for Community Workforce Solutions and return once a month to work onsite for Recovery Innovations as a qualified substance abuse and mental health professional for several days.
Why Arcadia/IPCR? I realized that my dreams were a lot bigger than where I was settling, so I went into Google and typed a series of words that encompassed what I hoped to eventually do in my life, words that included international, program, Masters, global… I had a couple more things in there, and Arcadia was the first thing to come up. The more I read, the more I knew it was perfect for me. A few weeks later, I had an interview set up with Dr. Amy Cox, head of the IPCR program. Now I am in a program that I love with faculty and staff that will drop whatever they have going on to help me. I love Philadelphia, and it has so much more beauty and culture than I ever knew. I am so honored to have met and been able to spend time with the people here at Arcadia. There are so many different nationalities, experiences, and levels of knowledge; it is overwhelming in the best way possible. When you get to a certain level in your career, you feel pretty self-assured, but coming here I have learned to be sure that I don’t know everything.
How has Arcadia’s global emphasis impacted your learning? Our IPCR cohort went to Ireland last year and I had so much fun. I gained a thirst for serious overseas travel because of this trip. Before then, I hadn’t had those kinds of experiences. I only dreamt about those things. I have an awesome cohort and great professors and coordinators, so the trip was just amazing! Arcadia is one of the best decisions I ever made. I know that I will keep in contact with all the people I have met here, I have many networking opportunities internationally, and I am well on my way to being an agent of positive social change on a global platform.
What have been some of your key professional development experiences during your time at Arcadia? I have learned so much, and I am now aware of the world around me in a way that I never was before. I’m always happy to go to class because I don’t take this opportunity for granted. However, my interest in international peace and conflict resolution didn’t come into full focus until I was already in the program. I am very interested in human rights and health care policy. The amount of reading and application you will receive in this program is truly preparing you to go off into the world and be the go-getter you know you can be. I have a no-fear mentality and armed with this level of knowledge, I feel practically unstoppable. I have two jobs, an almost teenage daughter, and I go to school full-time…there is no time to sit around and twiddle your thumbs, but with opportunities like this out there, why would you want to?
Career Goals: I plan to eventually get my Ph.D. in public health and work around the globe assisting in the implementation of policies geared towards patient safety and quality of care.