Alumni Tale: Kate Putnam ’02

What did you study at UNH?

Business

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

The first year I graduated from UNH I moved to Breckenridge, Colorado with five of my girlfriends to snowboard and explore the West.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Five years after graduating from UNH I was still living in Breckenridge, by that time, I had started working for a local company (Grand Timber Lodge) and as I learned about the corporate world I was able to intertwine the knowledge I had learned in school. My confidence grew throughout the decision making processes, I was learning how to create systems for the team to follow, and managing members of the marketing team.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Ten years after I graduated from UNH, I moved back to New Hampshire to be near my family. I was the Executive Director of White Rock Independent Living Community in Bow, NH and enjoyed the residence who resided there. I became close to their families, themselves, and I learned the operational side of the business world.

What are you doing now?

I recently started my own company, Putnam Marketing. A team of five of us from all over the nation specialize in SEO, website development, social media management and development, graphic design, professional photography, and results-based PR.

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

While attending UNH I studied in London, England, at Regents College. It was an exciting semester, I made wonderful friends, and traveled around Europe while having the opportunity to study. Our class was there during the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and had a very different experience seeing it from the world’s eyes as well as hearing it from our family and friends at home. The administration was very supportive and guided us through the best that they could.

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

The time I spent at UNH helped make me the person I am today. While at UNH I was exposed to many different lifestyles, how to be independent, a plethora of cultures, and made many friends. While I was in high school I was surrounded by the same colleagues. At UNH my teammates were from all over the world, they were all great athletes, and we bonded like sisters. We’re all still close to this day. What I enjoyed the most about UNH was the ability to step out of my comfort zone as I navigated this new world without the security blanket of my family and hometown. By doing so, I had to dig deep within myself, reflect, and was able to attend the many events, classes, activities, and social gatherings offered at UNH. I was forced to learn boundaries, how to say no, and what I really enjoyed doing in my free time.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because of the professors and administrative team care. They make you feel important, needed, loved, and successful. Two of my favorite professors were at UNH and I will never forget the lessons I learned from their teaching style and ability to intuitively understand their students. While I was at UNH my coaches were also very involved in our academic and team life. I felt supported by the network of women around me. The many resources available was outstanding and accessible. I know many of my peers who met at UNH and are now married with children. I feel as though that is a true testament to the culture and atmosphere created in Durham and on campus specifically.