Month: September 2017


Student of the Month

School: University of Akron Region: CAACURH
Nominee: Rachael Steer Nominator: Ariana Cubela

On-Campus Population: 2,800 Chapter Size: 28

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

Rachael Steer, a student at The University of Akron studying Philosophy, Political Science and Economics (PPE) is one of the most driven and ambitious women I have ever met. Her ability to connect with her peers and faculty sets her apart from many students on campus. She is president of the Economics Club and even started a new organization on campus, Amnesty International, because of her passion for international human rights. She is one of those people who push others to achieve a new level of personal success and I am incredibly fortunate to know her as a friend. During the month of September, Rachael was actively involved in coordinating a university trip to downtown Cleveland, OH for an economics convention, began volunteering for an immigration lawyer as well as accepting a competitive internship with the U.S. Department of State for Spring 2018.

In September, Rachael took on a role for coordinating the logistics to attend the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) in Cleveland, OH. Rachael’s correspondence with the NABE officials and the Economics Department at UA allowed three students, including Rachael and myself, to attend the prestigious convention to hear from Janet Yellen, the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. According to Forbes, Janet Yellen is ranked the sixth most powerful person in the WORLD. The three of us were fortunate enough to meet her after the luncheon and take a photo. This experience was both memorable and invaluable because of the exposure to prominent business professionals from across the nation. Thanks to Rachael’s efforts, the three of us shared the special experience of meeting Janet Yellen, a woman who has a tremendous, historical impact on the world economy.

Most students, including myself, find it difficult enough to balance academic studies, student leadership positions and outside work at the beginning of the semester. Rachael is a woman who is constantly looking for ways to serve the community around her. On top of her crazy academic schedule, Rachael actively searched for volunteering opportunities within an international context because she knows she is capable of doing more than she already is for the Akron community. After reaching out to a few international organizations, Rachael found an opportunity to volunteer for an over-worked and under-staffed immigration lawyer in the greater Akron area. Her volunteering efforts will allow the immigration lawyer to address cases more efficiently, which has the potential to change the lives of immigrants in the community because of her ability to help them more effectively.

One of the attributes I admire most about Rachael is her clear vision for her future. She has proven to be a successful student leader and future leader of the world, exemplified by accepting an internship with the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. for Spring 2018. This is an incredibly competitive internship and her acceptance is a mark of how qualified and exceptional Rachael is as a student.

The amount of accomplishments Rachael has achieved during her time at The University of Akron continues to grow month by month, but the month of September was filled with an exceptionally diverse amount of accomplishments for Rachael. Her involvement with organizing a trip to Cleveland, OH to meet Janet Yellen, volunteering for an immigration lawyer within our community, and accepting an internship with the U.S. Department of State prove Rachael’s commitment to making the world a better place. I am honored to call Rachael Steer a friend and The University of Akron is honored to have a student who is so ambitious, driven and remarkable representing our institution.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-09-29 23:06:14

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