Rachel graduated from the Questrom School of Business magna cum laude in May 2014. While at BU, she was a part of Questrom’sLOCK Honorary Service Society. She made her way around the administrative offices at BU, and held quite a few jobs while on campus. Rachel worked in the Questrom Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center, as a Summer Program Advisor for BU Orientation, Residence Hall Coordinator for BU Events and Conferences, a Telefund Program caller, and an office assistant in Danielsen Hall. Rachel also played clarinet in the BU Concert Band for 2 years.
In her junior year, Rachel studied abroad in London. While in London, she had a marketing internship at a small startup company that developed, manufactures, and sells a self-warming baby bottle (yes, you read that correctly!). Rachel also interned at Cradles to Crayons, a local nonprofit, for a year and a half. While there, she started off leading groups of volunteers and eventually transitioned to their Development team, supporting their fundraising efforts.
“I chose a less traditional route than most Questrom students, but everything I learned in the classroom has been applicable in the nonprofit world. The opportunity to work on diverse teams and practice professional presentation skills was invaluable.”
Rachel currently works at Perkins School for the Blind, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world. As the Community Resource Manager at Perkins, she manages relationships with leading companies in the Greater Boston area and staffs the Perkins Business Partnership, an alliance with some of the region’s best-known businesses and nonprofits that is working to break down barriers to employment and expand opportunities for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. In this role, Rachel is partnering with Harvard Extension School to create an online course that equips hiring managers and recruiters with the knowledge and skills to effectively recruit, interview, and on-board people with disabilities and with the strategies to address potential barriers to employment within the organization.
Rachel has advice for students eager to take advantage of all that Boston University has to offer:
“There’s a lot of pressure to take advantage of every opportunity in college. At a place like Boston University, which opens more doors than you could ever imagine, it can be overwhelming. Instead of trying to do it all and getting burnt out, choose what’s most meaningful to you.”