Student Success Story: Brittany Rocheleau
Brought to you by The O’Brien Center for Student Success
As seen in the Merrimack College Beacon Newspaper
Brittany Rocheleau, a junior studying Management and Public & Professional Writing, is extremely active on Merrimack’s campus. She is consistently occupied as a tutor for the Writing Center and as President of the Women’s Rugby team.
The list goes on: Brittany is currently in the Merrimack College Honors Program and was invited to become a member of the honorary, professional fraternity Sigma Iota Epsilon at Merrimack. “I’m also a committee member and a team captain for Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society event held annually at Merrimack,” she adds.
Understanding the importance of early career development, Brittany found some time to correspond with the O’Brien Center for Student Success. Her collaboration with the Center helped her to land an exciting internship opportunity for the spring of 2013. She obtained the internship after attending the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston in December, where she met and networked with Alexis Sclamberg, a self-help writer, speaker, and media personality, who writes for publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan.
Brittany has thrived at Merrimack because she dives into opportunities with all her efforts. She credits her Management Professor, Jane Parent, for encouraging her to invite challenges both inside and outside of the classroom. Brittany attributes her acquisition of the internship with Sclamberg to that very mentality. “Ultimately, speaking up is always better than staying silent…I went to the session that [Sclamberg] moderated, and walked straight up to her after. It was great to be able to connect with her in person, ask her directly about the internship, and hand her my resume. I think that initial meeting was a large reason why I landed my internship with Alexis,” Brittany said.
An avid dancer, Brittany plans to jive her way through all sorts of opportunities in future; from becoming a published writer to climbing the corporate ladder, Brittany exclaims, “I want to do it all!”. She certainly is doing so here at Merrimack, and it is paying off. She encourages her fellow students to do the same, saying, “it’s really important for Merrimack students to become actively involved on campus and in the community. Take on leadership positions, and don’t be afraid to try something new. There are endless opportunities to explore, so definitely take advantage of them during your four years here”.
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