Name: Rachel Benbrook
Degree: Strategic Communication
Year of graduation: 2013
Company: OSU Foundation

 

Even before graduation, School of Media & Strategic Communications alumna Rachel Benbrook dreamed of working at the Oklahoma State University Foundation. Four months ago, her dream finally became a reality; Benbrook is OSU Foundation’s constituent relations associate. She discovered her passion for the organization when she worked for the OSU Student Foundation in college.

“I looked into getting a job at the Foundation but chose to go to graduate school,” Benbrook said. “I never imagined such a perfect job would open up at the perfect time, so I am really pleased with the work that I was able to do in my education and on myself during those years in between. I’m right where I’ve always wanted to be. It’s a dream come true.”

After earning her master’s degree at OSU, Benbrook attended the University of Leeds in England, where she earned her second master’s degree. She stayed in England an additional year to work in student development at a high school.

“It’s where I developed a passion for working with refugees because we had so many refugee children at our school,” Benbrook said.

She also helped create a mentoring program for high school girls.

“I set it up and created a curriculum, and three years later, girls are still benefiting from it, so I’m really proud of that,” Benbrook said.

In her current job, Benbrook oversees donor relations. She uses her background in strategic communications to bridge the gap between OSU donors and students.

Benbrook’s favorite memory in the Paul Miller Building is being a member of her campaigns group her senior year and the friendships she made because of it.

Benbrook hopes sophomores and juniors will get involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Her advice for graduating seniors was more specific.

“Everything is a learning experience,” Benbrook said. “Everything has something to teach you, but keep your options open. Don’t back down from the challenges of getting a master’s degree if that’s what you’re really wanting to do. But if you’re looking for a job, just be open and flexible to learning from wherever you start.”