Alumni Tale: Catie Armstrong ’12

What did you study at UNH?

Art History, dual minors in Business Administration and Italian

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

Living in Busan, South Korea, teaching English to kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Completing an expedited AAS degree in Textile and Surface Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY.

What are you doing now?

Working in NYC as a Textile and CAD Designer for Town & Country Living. Here I create designs and patterns for table top applications for many fashion brands.

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

I did an Alternative Break Challenge service trip with a non-profit organization called Planting Hope in remote San Ramon, Nicaragua. I also spent a semester abroad studying Italian language and culture while living with a host family in the small, ancient, walled-in town of Tuscania, Italy.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

At the University of New Hampshire, my studies led me to trips abroad where the “travel bug” bit me and forever changed the course of my life. While traveling I always found myself in awe of fabrics, crafts, and art at local markets and museums. This subsequently lead me to return to school for art in New York. Once a shy, small-town girl, UNH gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to grow into a global friend and creative professional.

Why do you believe in UNH?

As a third generation UNH grad, I’ve seen and experienced how UNH provides an environment that can truly launch a person to lead successful, and well-rounded professional and personal lives. With a vast selection of majors across colleges, sports teams, recreational activities, clubs, and student organizations, students are given many opportunities in which to involve themselves to cultivate their passions and curate a totally individualized college experience.