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Rachel Rothermel, child and family development major Rachel Rothermel

A great resource
Being a Supplemental Instructor for the CAP program has been one of my best experiences at UCM. I enjoy helping incoming freshmen get used to college life by being a resource for them. I gain teaching experience by coming up with activities and games that help reinforce the information they have been given in other classes.

Beneficial relationships
It has helped me tremendously to get to know my professors. Working closely with them helps with letters of recommendations for grad school and job opportunities. They’re able to give advice on school options, help with grad school applications and give insights in the field of study. Working closely with the faculty shows that you are a serious student and they’re more willing to help you when they see you working hard.

Getting involved
I’m on the UCM bowling team and I’m a Supplemental Instructor leader on campus. Being a student-athlete has been great. If I have a problem in a course I’m able to find a tutor easily. I enjoy that the sports teams get together and do activities to support one another. Working on campus helps build relationships with faculty members. These experiences have helped me grow as a person and become an independent adult. Getting involved on campus makes college life more fun.

National recognition
I was a co-presenter at the National Council of Family Relations national conference. I had the opportunity to work with one of my professors on this project. I helped administer surveys for the research and helped create a presentation to display the findings from the study. It was a great experience to be selected to help a faculty member with a research project and be apart of a national conference.