Zimmerman, Elizabeth

Portrait of Elizabeth Zimmerman

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Why I think you'll love Carroll College

From my very first visit, I knew Carroll was a place where I could belong. I remember showing up early for my tour and being told that we could grab a quick lunch in the cafeteria until our tour time. While sitting in the cafeteria with my mother, the current President of the college stopped by and asked if he could join us for lunch. Just like that, I felt had been accepted into the Carroll College community. And that is what Carroll truly is, a community that will accept you with no question!

At Carroll, you will find staff and faculty dedicated to providing an education second to none. You will be challenged, you will be encouraged and you will be inspired! You will find life-long friends and create memories that will not fade. Take the opportunity to visit Carroll College! Stand on the steps of St. Charles, look out around the surrounding campus and I bet you will fall in love with it – just as I did!

I was born in Billings, MT, and when I was 8 years old my family moved to Walla Walla, WA. While growing up, I made it very clear to everyone that I was from Montana. It probably helps that our family is still (jokingly and lovingly) referred to as that “one family from Montana” even after 20+ years of living in Walla Walla. I always knew that I wanted to go back to Montana. In 2006, as I was starting my college search, my high school counselor asked if I was planning to apply to Carroll College. I had never heard of the school and was shocked to learn there were other options in Montana outside of MSU, where my father had graduated from and the “other” state school (yes, there may have been slight bias in the household).

Long story short, I came to Carroll College and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Business: Marketing and Management with a minor in History. What started out as a way to just get back to Montana grew into something so much more. It would take me pages to describe how grateful I am for the opportunity to have gone to school here. The faculty that I connected with, the friendships I made and still have to this day, the overall experience helped shape me into who I am. I loved being a part of the campus! I was active in campus ministry, was an RA for two years, went to all the swing dances and would ski my heart out every winter. When graduation came, I was sad to leave but also knew that this was part of life. I had the chance to go to college, tried my best to make the most of it and will always be grateful for my time at Carroll.

Little did I know that in four short years, I would be stepping back onto campus to interview for a position in the Office of Admission. In many ways, it was like I had never left. The community on campus was still alive and strong. Everyone was so welcoming and truly excited to have me join their team. And in other ways, the campus was so new! I felt so lucky to start working at Carroll when they began the construction of the All Saints Chapel. I could still remember hearing Fr. Marc, during my time at Carroll, promising the students that one day there would be a chapel large enough on campus for our Sunday night mass. To see how Carroll was changing but still remaining true to its core values and beliefs, things that had meant so much to me during my time here and were still important to the current students, makes me love Carroll even more. As the Senior Admission Counselor, I have been so lucky to work with students to help them see what Carroll can offer to them. I love working with our prospective students through their college search!

Outside of work, I love the outdoors and all the adventures Montana can provide. Skiing is my favorite outdoor activity, followed closely by kayaking, hiking and camping. I have been involved with Crossfit Helena for eight years and they are like my third family (after my real family and the Carroll one). I also love all types of travel and love to experience new cultures and meet new people. I am so grateful for where my life has led me and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.