Rachel Brumenschenkel '18
Hometown: Shelby, Ohio
Member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (President), Alpha Xi Delta Sorority (Financial Vice President), Order of Omega, Alpha Lambda Delta, Honors Program, FLOCK, astronomy lab assistant
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Choosing Mount Union
Mount Union was the first college I visited when I was in high school. My family and I loved how Mount Union has a small and safe campus that isn’t too far from home. I have a twin sister, Morgan, who also attends Mount Union, and she decided that she wanted to attend Mount first. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to the same college as my sister, but I ended up choosing Mount Union because there really were not any other colleges that I liked as much as Mount. My sister and I (and our parents) are really happy that we both chose Mount Union.
What Makes Mount Union Unique
I think what sets Mount Union apart from other universities is that there are so many opportunities available for students. I held two leadership positions in student organizations as a sophomore, and I was really able to get involved in the campus community. There are plenty of internship and practicum opportunities on and off campus as well. I feel like if I went to a larger school, I would not have all of the opportunities to get involved that I've had at Mount Union. I know it sounds cliché, but Mount Union really does feel like a second home because of the relationships I’ve built with other students and professors.
Choosing a Major
Deciding on a major was a little difficult for me because I have a lot of interests. I started out majoring in public relations because I was really involved in yearbook during high school, and I wanted to continue to do something that related to journalism. As I took more classes, I found that I also really enjoyed my business classes. I loved all of my business courses—marketing, accounting, economics—and then decided to major in marketing and management because they fit well together. I like being creative, and it is always good to have a good understanding of business.
Advice for Prospective Students
If you end up going to the same college as someone from your hometown, I strongly recommend to notbe roommates with them during your freshman year. This way, you are forced to talk to other people and make new friends besides the person from your hometown. During my freshman year, my sister and I lived in the same building but on separate floors. It was nice because we always had someone there we knew, but we also branched out and did different things; my sister is a biology major who is involved in the golf team and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and I study business and am involved in Greek life and other organizations. My sister and I now share an apartment together and it has worked out well.
I have had a total of four internships so far, three in marketing and one in management. I have interned at the Renaissance Performing Arts Association in Mansfield, Ohio; Cooper Enterprises in Shelby, Ohio; and the Office of Marketing at Mount Union. I have enjoyed working in these different settings, and I have been able to apply what I’ve learned in my classes to each internship—writing, graphic design, accounting, project management and social media, just to name a few. I’ve done a lot of other experiential learning activities in the classroom, especially since a good amount of my classes are project based. The most fun projects are probably marketing projects, where you have to create or choose a product and figure out branding, pricing, promotion and the like. The projects take a lot of work, but it’s really satisfying when you have the end project you created.
New Fields of Interest
Outside of my majors and minor, I have taken courses in the English department because I love writing. I also had to take a science class as part of the integrative core, so I chose to take astronomy. I usually would not want to take a science class, but I found that I really enjoyed astronomy, and I have been a lab assistant for that class for over a year. You never know where a class can lead you. My favorite class outside of my major was karate. It was offered during my sophomore year as a one-credit elective. I decided to take it because I happened to have an opening in my schedule and because it sounded fun. That was my first time learning karate, and I looked forward to that class every week. I am additionally taking a theatre travel seminar, where we will be traveling to London, England over spring break. Those are two classes that I never thought I would take (or even knew existed) when coming to college, but I am so excited that I have these opportunities.
My favorite professor would probably be Dr. Andrea Ferraro, who teaches public relations. She is the faculty advisor for PRSSA, so I have worked with her and have learned so much from her this past year. Sometimes I felt like I emailed her more than I texted my friends! When I was the president of PRSSA, we planned a campus-wide peanut butter drive that benefited the Alliance Community Pantry. We collected around 400 jars of peanut butter during the week. It was great to have the opportunity to be able to plan an event like that and have PRSSA students involved in the community.
Connections Among Classes and Activities
A great thing about a liberal arts education is that I can make connections between all of my classes, even if they seem unrelated. I am able to explore many interests through my academics, and even some of my extra-curricular activities relate back to the classroom. For example, I am in the process of developing a project for the Honors Program curriculum. I am pairing it with my public relations class and will be writing a public relations campaign to increase the successful employment of adults with autism. I am a sister of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and our philanthropy is Autism Speaks. It is exciting that I can take what I have learned about autism from being in my sorority and directly apply it to my academic project. When I first came to college, I had no intention of joining a sorority. I decided to look into Greek life and joined Alpha Xi Delta in during my second semester. I am so glad I did because I have met a ton of amazing people and have definitely grown as a person by taking on leadership roles on the executive board. This has helped me grow out of my comfort zone and has further made college a great experience.
Right now, I think that my ultimate career goal is to become a college professor. I would like to get a job in the business setting after graduation by working in marketing or a related area. I want to have as many experiences as I can both in my career and in life in general.
I feel like if I went to a larger school, I would not have all of the opportunities to get involved that I've had at Mount Union.
- Where is your favorite travel destination?
- I will be traveling to London, England this spring break as part of a travel seminar through Mount. I’ve never been abroad, but I’m guessing that London will become my favorite travel destination.
- What three songs define your music tastes?
- “Best Nights” by Lydia, “Do Me A Favour” by the Arctic Monkeys, and “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin.
- What is your guilty pleasure song?
- “Fergalicious” by Fergie
- What did you want to be as a kid?
- It ranged from a basketball player, author, musician, entrepreneur and teacher.