STUDENT PROFILE: Brett Rapkin-Citrenbaum
CDO: We’re talking to Brett Rapkin-Citrenbaum, class of 2020. Brett, let’s start out on a serious note. What two animals would be combined to become you?
Brett: Bear Cub and Caterpillar
CDO: And what’s your major?
Brett: Political Science and International Relations
CDO: How did you go about choosing a major?
Brett: I took a bunch of intro classes to test out the waters, then I looked into the requirements of each major and tried to gauge what I’d like to take. I talked extensively to my advisor and some upperclassmen friends and by the end of it all it seemed obvious!
CDO: In what ways have you utilized the CDO team/resources?
Brett: The CDO helped me find a summer job in my town that was relevant to my career path. They also helped me format my resume and taught me some cool resume tricks for the future. (Note from the CDO: We did not pay her to say this!)
CDO: What has been the result, to date, of being proactive in your career development?
Brett: I had a fun summer job at an environmental education center which is something I’m passionate about. I also feel a lot more confident looking for internships and applying for career focused positions.
CDO: How do you reduce and manage the stress that can come with being a busy college student?
Brett: Make time for fun! Even if it’s just a quick Stimson lunch with some pals or a walk in the woods or a quick game of chess.
CDO: What do you think Goucher students MUST KNOW about…
o Choosing a major:
Brett: If you are planning on going to a grad school of some kind your major isn’t super relative. Just take classes you’re interested in and see where it leads you!
o Getting involved on-campus:
Brett: Do it! Whether you’re attending the student government open meetings or common hour happenings, participating in academic events, or joining clubs. Also, make sure you’re taking part in all the student to administration conversations! These happen during Mobile Dean or common hour or even via email or on Van Meter Highway, but keep your eyes peeled!
o Gaining work experience:
Brett: Goucher has a lot of resources, specifically at the CDO, but also within the academic departments. Ask your advisor for help!
Thanks to Brett for sharing her insight! Have some perspective about majors, careers, resume writing, etc. you would like to share with the Goucher community? Write to us at Career@goucher.edu!