Scholar of the Month
The first cohort of WIDE Scholars have graduated, and they are beginning to embark on their careers. Take a moment to get to know a little more about our future workforce.
|Rachel Abenaa Frema Boakye
Ohio State University Alumna
What inspired you to pick your current major?
Like a lot of business majors, I started undergrad as a finance major. Pretty soon after a tough first semester, I ended up switching my major until I landed on marketing. I really liked the focus on understanding human behavior within a variety of contexts.
How has being in the ARF WIDE Program affected your career path or university studies?
The WIDE program added some clarity as to what the marketing field would look like as a post-grad. My mentor was really experienced—we were on totally opposite ends of our careers. However, we had some honest, down-to-earth conversations that helped clue me in to the industries and marketing functions that I would and wouldn’t enjoy.
What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation I’ll be working full-time with Levi’s insights team in San Francisco.
If money were no object, what would your dream job be?
Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted to be a storm chaser. I’ve never had an interest in meteorology but think it would be pretty exciting to photograph mother nature’s phenomenon’s live and up-close.
Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?
Hopefully I’ll be leaning into working for myself. I’d like to see how I personally can be valuable to others.
What is your favorite hobby? Why do you enjoy it?
Going to estate sales on the weekends has become one of my newest obsessions. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
What is something you would tell your younger self?
Sometimes there are going to be moments where the best advice you can receive is from yourself. No one knows you better than you.
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