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This Tiger’s Clemson journey began while she was a graduate student. Today, she uses what she’s learned to connect, empower and inspire Clemson MBA students. Her inspiration comes from the positive impacts her students make in their communities.

Meet Alrinthea Carter.

Title: Academic advising coordinator, Clemson MBA programs

Years at Clemson: 15, including graduate school

What I do at Clemson: I serve as an advisor for MBA students. I am that first point of contact for a student who needs assistance with planning out their curriculum path, celebrating small and big wins, and connecting them to the main campus. I help keep the path smooth, while empowering them to advocate for themselves and their educational needs. I serve as backup big sister, cheerleader, spirit guide, voice of reason, counselor — all of the above.

What I love about Clemson: I love the pure excitement that Clemson people (students, alums, etc.) have about Clemson. It’s such a beautiful place to be, and has so much to offer everyone who calls it home.

A defining moment for me at Clemson: When your calling is to work with university students, you have a lot of defining, awesome moments. My favorite moments are when I see that light bulb of realization when a student knows exactly what they are called to do, regardless of outside influences. I also love hearing about the exciting things that are happening for them at Clemson. I’ll never forget when one of my students stopped by to let me know that she had been accepted to play with Tiger Band, and wanted to show me her new band uniform. She was so excited to put on those stripes!

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I am super proud of earning a degree from Clemson! I earned my master’s degree in counselor education from Clemson in 2005. Clemson is home to one of the best programs for higher education professionals in the country. I am so proud to continue the valuable education that I received as part of this program and I use that knowledge to help Clemson students.

Outside of my work at Clemson, I am so proud of my creative accomplishments. I’m a photographer and have focused on the abandoned spaces of the American South for over a decade now. After four solo shows and five publications, I am at a point where I can educate photographers who want to learn more about locating and capturing abandoned spaces, and to see my work viewed by art lovers across the country. I hope to be in a position to assist artists to learn more about the business side of artistic expression, particularly female identifying artists of color, who possess such a powerful point of view, but often do not have the same access to the information and opportunities to help them thrive not only creatively, but financially.

I also perform improv comedy with Alchemy Comedy Theater (in Greenville), and have had the opportunity to share the stage with some pretty awesome comedians. Through Alchemy, I am part of the team that produces the New South Comedy Festival, one of the largest comedy festivals in the southeast, welcoming almost 300 funny people to Greenville! Improv is a beautiful thing, and everyone should take at least one improv class. It’ll change your life!

Where I see myself in five years: Traveling around the world with my camera, promoting my first photography book, performing improv comedy with Maya Rudolf and having brunch with Oprah Winfrey.

Last thing I watched on TV: I am a huge fan of Frasier and The Golden Girls and watch those shows almost every day! I even listen to Frasier and Golden Girls inspired podcasts!

Guilty pleasure: I don’t really have one? See below!

One thing most people don’t know about me: I go to a lot of concerts. No, really A LOT OF CONCERTS. I saw 45 shows between 2015 and 2016! Just estimating, I’ve seen almost 300 live shows in my lifetime. I follow tour announcements like some people follow the football draft. One of my favorite places to be is to be sitting with a few thousand fellow fans and singing the words we all love in one big chorus. I am a huge fan of a variety of musical genres, and make a new play list of songs that I’m loving on Spotify. We’re only a few months into 2018, and I already have tickets to four concerts (so far). The concert that I will never forget is Prince’s final tour. I feel so strangely blessed to be in that small group of people who got to witness his genius live.

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