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Robert Morris provided me with the education and volunteer experiences that have allowed me to meet people who have continued to help me advance professionally
Rachel earned both her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration through the Dual Degree Program from RMU in 2012. Today, she much enjoys her job as a Management Analyst at the General Service Administration Office of Inspector General (GSAIG). However, it wasn’t exactly a seamless transition from college straight into the workplace. It was what happened in between that Rachel feels explains her success to at GSAIG.
After graduating from RMU, Rachel’s path lead her to a Peace Corps rep who provided her an opportunity. Not one to push away a new adventure, Rachel jumped at the chance to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Within a year, she was on a plane to Ukraine to serve. Rachel spent a total of 17 months there, before being pulled from duty during Russian and Ukrainian conflict. Although her time was cut short, Rachel still appreciates the experiences she had while she was there. Joining the Peace Corps allowed Rachel to be part of something that was much larger than herself. “I was able to give back while meeting and working with some of the most incredible people in the world,” she exclaims. “I’ve developed lifelong friendships and have gained a better understanding/appreciation for Ukrainian culture.” Stationed in Donetsk, Rachel spent her time assisting children with disabilities and orphans, taught classes in International Economics, and hosted the International Economics Conference in which she is published in the Russian language. “It was and will forever be one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had.”
Since RMU graduation, Rachel has sought out several additional opportunities to continue learning and growing. “I take different job specific training classes,” which she believes has really launched her forward in her career. Rachel encourages college students to network, as she finds it to be the most successful means to securing a job after graduation. “Networking is huge today, and the best way to get connected with a particular company of interest. Having strong communication and networking skills has allowed me to head into meetings with high level business officials with total confidence.”
While attending Robert Morris University, Rachel embraced every opportunity to grow as a professional. “Robert Morris provided me with the education and volunteer experiences that have allowed me to meet people who have continued to help me advance professionally.” Rachel’s hunger for new opportunities kept her very busy. As a student, she collaborated with Dr. Mast to develop the first RMU Great Chicago UNA Chapter, was inducted as a member of Sigma Beta Delta, served as the Vice President of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), and held a paid position as a Resident Advisor on campus.
Rachel is still an active participant with the Peace Corps of Chicago and enjoys sharing her story with many others with the hopes that they too will one day consider the opportunity. She was recently recognized as one of RMU’s Outstanding RMU Alumni (2016) and returns to campus as a part of the alumni guest speaker series.