Featured FindSpark Creative: Rachel McCave, Campus Ambassador
What sets you apart from other young creatives?
An extensive amount of travel, through study abroad and vacationing, has given me unique, open-minded perspective on how I see the world as a student and young professional. Having worked, volunteered, and studied in foreign countries has equipped me with a dazzling sense of curiosity that drives me to want to experience and learn more everyday.
My educational career thus far mirrors my diverse experiences; I’ve taken courses in Art History, Political Philosophy, Economics, Anthropology, French, Italian, and International Politics and I hope to keep adding to this list before I graduate.
I understand and appreciate how big the world is, filled with all sorts of people, and I allow that perspective to both humble and inspire how I communicate, learn, and grow in both my personal and professional life.
What is your proudest career moment (so far)?
Interning for an NGO at the United Nations this past summer was definitely my proudest moment thus far. As I aspire to work in International Development and Public Relations at, or in partner with, the UN, working and learning among elite students and professionals was a big moment in my developing career. I felt alive, inspired, and incredibly happy to work in an environment that catered to all of my interests, in addition to putting me in contact with a diverse, intelligent, sophisticated network of people.
What’s something cool you’ve made or done recently?
I’ve recently written an editorial for my upcoming summer internship, also at the United Nations, on my semester abroad in Paris. The piece focuses on the recent terrorist attacks and France’s tolerance or lack thereof, highlighting why it’s important to completely understand both sides of freedom of speech and extremist violence. The editorial takes an anthropological and sociological approach to understand the values of the Western world and how we interact with others around the world.
What’s something new you’ve recently learned?
I recently learned how to efficiently find an IP Address on any type of computer; I learned this at my job as an IT Assistant in the NYU Library.
Where do you see yourself in in 5 years?
In 5 years, I would have graduated from NYU and taken a year off to travel around the world, preferably in South America and Africa, volunteering, working, and doing service work. I hope to have obtained my Masters Degree in the UK and be working in International Relations, with a side job in PR. I plan on living in New York and working to pay off student loans and continuing to thrive and meet people from all walks of life in the core of greatest city in the world.
What did you want to be when you were 5?
When I was 5, I wanted to be a ballerina.
What do you do to get inspired?
Travel: studying abroad gave me access to many new destinations, which also gave me access to new learning experiences and a chance to meet new people. Now that I’ve returned to the U.S., traveling to the Caribbean or even other states is always a nice break from my routine and a network I’ve grown accustomed to. A change of scenery always inspires me, I like being in a different environment with different people to step out of my comfort zone, challenge myself, and broaden my experiences.
What’s been your favorite piece of career advice you’ve received?
Be pro-active and always kind to everyone! Regarding advice on being pro-active, adherence to this has taken me far in my professional career thus far and expanded my network.
Timidness or complacency never got anyone anywhere, and it’s important not to let fear hold you back from chasing your dreams. A kind demeanor and professional cordiality with everyone you meet will always maintain a positive reputation; it also helps when at a networking event, for example, because you never know whether or not you’ll run into someone again in the future, the power in their capability, or who is watching. I crossed paths with a recent graduate that I met at a networking event a few weeks after, she remembered me, and offered to put me in contact with an employer because “I was always kind-hearted and smiling,” and it seemed like enough to set me apart.
What’s your favorite part about being a FindSpark Member?
The networking events are very important for me; I love meeting with new people, practicing face-to-face interaction skills with employers and other students. I think it’s a great way to challenge yourself and take the extra step to landing your dream job and gaining experience in your desired field.
How did you hear about FindSpark?
I heard about a networking event and then subscribed and stayed on board after realizing how many great opportunities could come out of it. Working now as a Campus Ambassador is a great place for me to continue spreading the word to get others involved and help them find their way.
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