Carrie Clower grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated magna cum laude with honors from The University of Alabama in 2017 with a BA in political science and communication studies and a minor in German. She served as her sorority’s Vice President of Philanthropy, worked as a peer consultant in The Speaking Studio, and interned for Congresswoman Terri Sewell. Through UA’s Accelerated Master’s Program, Carrie earned her MA in communication studies in 2018. That year, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Critical Decision Making and Argumentation programs and served as the president of the Graduate Communication Assembly. Carrie intends to pursue her PhD in communication studies after working with Impact.

What is your favorite quote?
“Lighten up while you still can/ Don’t even try to understand/ Just find a place to make your stand/ And take it easy” – Eagles, “Take It Easy”

What is your most meaningful service experience and why?
My most meaningful service experience was mentoring with and serving as the graduate assistant of the Alabama Debate Society. I worked with the group at its inception my senior year and throughout my graduate studies. The program brings public forum debate to high schools in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas. I taught the students debate fundamentals, led their bi-weekly practices, and coached them at tournaments. As the tournament seasons progressed, my students became more excited to compete and even made it past the preliminary rounds on multiple occasions, placing locally. Seeing them get excited about an activity that molded my own high school career made this experience more rewarding than I could have anticipated.