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University of Wisconsin-Platteville

The Most Terrifying Thing in the World

Terrio says that the most terrifying thing in the world is a blank page. "It's like walking in the freezing tundra of white space. The empty page is a scary thing." Terrio adds that the place where the real work is done is alone in a room. "It's not out here at a cocktail party. As long as you remember your desk is waiting at home and there's some blank screen that is taunting you, then I think you don't compromise your outsider status."

Carson majored in civil engineering at University of Wisconsin-Platteville[1] graduating in May, 1998.[2][3] Carson minored in Spanish and spent a semester studying in Spain.[4] While at Platteville Carson got involved with tuition issues and was eventually elected President of the student senate.[5]

Carson said in 1997 during his senior year in college that he was aiming at a career that would combine political skills with environmental engineering.[6] "I'd love to be a negotiator at something like the global warming conference that's going on in Kyoto, Japan," said Carson.[7] Carson wrote his application essay for a Rhodes Scholarship about environmental issues and politics and his interviewers in Madison asked him to compare the effect of politics on the ozone crisis and on global warming.[8]

Carson lived in the dorms for two years, then did a semester of study abroad, then lived in three different houses off campus.[9] Carson did cross country for a couple of years at Platteville[10] and also did a student internship in La Crosse, Wisconsin for one semester.[11]

Carson maintains ties to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. On February 24, 2011, Carson met with four senior business and accounting students from the university who took second place in the National Leadership Conference sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants in Washington, D.C.[12] while he was Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement.