Cate graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 with a first class degree in Arabic and Spanish literature, earning distinctions in spoken Arabic and spoken Spanish. As an undergraduate she studied abroad at the University of Granada in Spain and at the Bourguiba Language School in Tunisia. Following graduation, Cate worked as an English teacher at Sudan University for Science and Technology in Khartoum. She then served as a Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer in western Tanzania. After graduate studies, she hopes to join the US Foreign Service.