Name: Katie Konrath
Right now, I'm a graduate student studying at the University of Malta's Institute of Thinking for a Master's degree in Creativity and Innovation.
I started my involvement in creativity as a 12 year old competing in first the Odyssey of the Mind and later the Destination Imagination creative problem-solving competitions. In the 8 years I participated in these programs, I fell in love with using my mind to solve problems and think of creative solutions. I also enjoyed the emphasis on teamwork (some of my best friends now are from DI) and the intense time-pressure we worked under. Finishing my competition years with a couple successful appearances at the World Finals competition didn't hurt either!
As a undergraduate student at Luther College, I continued learning about creativity under Professor Tim Schweizer. He exposed me to both TRIZ and Edward de Bono's methodologies, and successfully urged me to consider post-graduate studies in Malta.
My focus for my studies here, how the world is changing and the effect on young people just about to enter the workforce, was inspired by my own struggles to find a major that would keep me engaged in college AND provide a solid foundation for my later life.