Terra Stenberg

One of the advantages of an accounting career is that you can apply your degree to virtually any industry, so I was able to incorporate my love of fashion into my career by working in the retail industry."

For many students, attending UW-Superior is a family tradition. This was especially the case for Terra Stenberg.

“I was lucky enough to grow up in our small community, so I already had ties to the University well before I attended,” she said. “My family has always been Yellowjacket fans, attending sporting events and cheering on our local team.”

Her father, Len Campbell (Class of 1975) played on the baseball team and her brother Joe Campbell (Class of 2007) was a member of the hockey team. Stenberg also recalls stopping by campus to visit her grandmother, who worked in food services for many years.

“I have a history with personal ties to the school,” she said. “One of my favorite things about UW-Superior is the small campus with its ‘hometown feel’ that provides students with an affordable and a quality education.”

As it turns out, following in her family footsteps was a great decision for Terra.

“I have to say that it was some of the best years of my life,” she said. “I participated in the true ‘college experience’, but also learned how to be a responsible, hardworking adult by balancing school and working full time. I was also lucky enough to meet lifelong friends that I built a deep connection with and still see on a regular basis.”

After graduation, Terra soon found work at maurices, where she’s been for 17 years. Currently, she serves as the Director of Financial Planning and Reporting at their Duluth, Minn., corporate offices.

“While some people say that college doesn’t help you prepare for the real world, I can say that I wouldn’t be doing what I am if I didn’t have a degree,” said Terra. “I have a B.S. in Accounting and while it was a rigid curriculum, it set a strong foundation that I was able to build upon to help me become successful in my career. One of the advantages of an accounting career is that you can apply your degree to virtually any industry, so I was able to incorporate my love of fashion into my career by working in the retail industry.”

Terra is also quick to point out that there are no reason for graduates to think they need to leave the Superior and Duluth area to find good careers.

“There are a lot more opportunities in the Twin Ports area than people are aware of,” she said “The ties that the universities have to local businesses, including internship programs, help expose students to the various opportunities. Both my husband, Chris Stenberg (Class of 2000), and I have found success in our respective fields within our community. It’s not about where you live, it’s about how much drive and passion you have for what you’re doing that make you successful.”

UW-Superior's School of Businesss and Economics has a strong reputation for preparing students for succeess. To learn more about thier many programs, contact Admissions today.