My Story Started at GRCC: A geography course and a professor’s mentoring led to Cadey Korson working around the world

Cadey Korson wearing a red and white polka dotted shirt smiling.

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

Many alumni credit GRCC for setting them on their career paths, but what if you don’t know what you want to do?

Cadey Korson discovered GRCC was the perfect place to figure that out.

She had no idea what she wanted to do with her life when she started college. She dug into general education courses. And — as has happened to many other GRCC students — one class began to really interest her: GE 210 Cultural Geography.

“One day, after class, the professor stopped me and asked what my plans were,” Korson said. “After telling him I was considering international relations — and that my parents said I could study anything I wanted as long as I got a Ph.D. — he asked if I had considered geography. ‘You can do the same things as you could with a degree in IR, but you’ll get paid to do it.’

“I was sold!”

After earning her associate degree in 2009, Korson completed a bachelor’s degree in geography, international relations and French at Aquinas College. She then earned a master’s degree in geography at the University of Missouri and a doctorate at Kent State University.

“After that, I headed overseas for a two-year postdoctoral research position in human geography at the University of Oulu in northern Finland,” Korson said. “Travel is one of the things that drew me to geography, so it’s no surprise that I have spent my time working and traveling around the world.”

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