Alumni Testimonials

Terry Cole

Master of Arts in Diplomacy
, Class of 2013
The ability to combine my experiences from being deployed and the academic foundation I am establishing has allowed me to bring a broader scope to my understanding and input when discussing global events with others. This translates to assisting SOF soldiers with an introduction to the theory side of their international engagements.
Terry Cole, Class of 2013
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Q: “Tell us a bit about you as a person, Terry.”
A: “I live in Raeford, North Carolina., just outside of Fort Bragg. I am married with three children. Some of my interests include international affairs and studying for my degree. My hobbies involve physical fitness, skydiving, and shooting.”

Q: “What is your current employer and what is your professional life like?”
A: “I work for Blackbird Technologies, Inc. of Herndon, Virginia. I am a field service representative for the United States Army Forces Command and I assist with equipment procurement as part of a C-IED/AW committee. I also help manage several other military programs.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “Initially, it was having the undergraduate degree, but early on in the learning experience was very positive and it motivated me to insure I took advantage of the chance to transfer what I was learning to students I was working with. The privilege of having a master’s degree from Norwich is a strong and worthy goal to pursue.” 

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich and how did you learn about it?”
A: “Several aspects helped me choose Norwich. First, the academic representative at the Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg recommended it. Second, while I had heard of Norwich, when I did my research I was impressed with its history and educational foundation. Lastly, the staff and faculty make Norwich something I am proud to say I am a part of.”

Q: “What makes Norwich unique?”
A: “I cannot compare it to other higher institutions of learning, but for me it was the professors in my SSDA program and the Norwich staff that left the impression upon me of how unique this place really is. The dean said, “It’s the people that make the institution.” The people here make this unique. It made me want to continue with my master’s here at Norwich.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A: “The ability to combine my experiences from being deployed and the academic foundation I am establishing has allowed me to bring a broader scope to my understanding and input when discussing global events with others. This translates to assisting SOF soldiers with a small introduction to the theory side of their international engagements.”

Q: “How have you put your knowledge to work at your job?”
A: “Often it applies to situations where discussions regarding interactions with host nation soldiers or diplomats are brought to light. I have been able to share the broader strategic view with these soldiers and hopefully leave them with another level of discussion the next time these engagements take place.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”
A: “Throughout my career, I have been involved with some very challenging situations. In peace or in war, I have sought the tougher road because that is who I am. Norwich has provided another one of those challenges. It has made me a better person, which I hope to share as time goes on. I will be grateful to Norwich for that.”

Q: “Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your Norwich experience?”
A: “I make it a point to discuss my experiences whenever higher education is discussed. It is not a cheerleader mentality, but it is something that I am passionate about. The people I associate with are considered at the top of the game and as such they strive to be better than they are. I let them know that Norwich can provide that challenge and make them better than what they are.”