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Catherine Adams

Full-time MBA ‘24 
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Hometown: Montgomery, AL  

What's something on your bucket list? 

I have been dreaming of traveling to Spain, specifically Barcelona, to see all of the famous Gaudi architecture. I took Art History in high school and since then I have had an immense appreciation for art and architecture. Gaudi’s work is especially appealing to me because it’s so creative and playful, but also elegant. I find that is an impressive balance to strike and he does it well over and over again. 

What's your favorite place you've traveled to and why?  

Venice, Italy because of all the beautiful architecture and history. The cathedrals, markets, and canals are surreal. I felt so fortunate to see the city as concerns of its sinking continued to rise. While I was there, I experienced the “floating sidewalks” where raised platforms were installed throughout the city for pedestrians to get around when it was particularly flooded. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Certainly, sad to see the city in danger, but it made you appreciate everything you saw that much more. 

Favorite family tradition: 

Our summer beach trip! My family has our perfect beach day, and we do the same thing every year. We have blueberry pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Then, we head down to the beach to read, listen to classic Rock, and snack on Old Bay shrimp and tuna dip. We like to stay on the beach as long as the sun is up, so sometimes we are the last ones out there. It’s a simple day full of family time and the older I get the more I appreciate it. 

What is your proudest accomplishment? 

My proudest moment is hands-down getting into Georgia Tech Scheller! This program is so well-regarded and meaningful to me. My husband graduated from Scheller in 2022 and I got to experience the culture through him for 2 years. I was already eager to get my MBA and after my husband’s experience, Scheller was the only place I wanted to go. I put my all into the application process and was honored to be admitted with a scholarship to my dream program. 

What did you want to be when you were small?  

I had my sights set on being a figure skater! I had several birthday parties at the local ice rink when I was younger. 

My latest book recommendation: 

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt. I don’t usually gravitate toward thrillers because I scare easily, but I’m fascinated with Savannah’s history and culture. Plus, the main character is an antique collector living in a historic home so that in itself is enough to entertain me! 

My favorite restaurant in Atlanta:  

Murphy’s in Virginia Highlands is one of my absolute favorites. Their atmosphere is bright and welcoming, and their food is the perfect combination of classic with a twist. 

My favorite comfort food or family recipe:  

Chicken and dumplings. My family has always served dumplings as part of our big Thanksgiving and Christmas spread and it’s been my favorite dish as long as I can remember. I used to think that every family had them. It wasn’t until I started attending my husband’s holiday festivities that I learned my favorite comfort food was unique to my family. We make ours extra peppery and do turkey and dumplings with leftovers! 

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