Editor’s note: This week’s #WhitmanWatch students are all graduating members of the Whitman School’s social media team. They’ve been blogging for the past several months; this time, they are the featured stories. Whitman thanks them for all their hard work and wishes them well as future alumni of Syracuse University!
Class of 2016
Majors: Public Relations, Information Management & Technology
Hometown: Londonderry, New Hampshire
Fun Fact: “Two of my favorite things to do are skiing and hiking, and a few years ago I hiked the highest peak in New Hampshire, Mt. Washington, and skied down what’s known as Tuckerman’s Ravine. It was both the most physically challenging and most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done!”
Meghan Rimol always knew she wanted to major in communications. A visit to the Syracuse University campus confirmed that this was the place for her. While walking around the campus by herself, she suddenly had a feeling SU was home. She put her deposit down that night and hasn’t looked back.
Her time at SU has been varied and busy. Rimol has taken advantage of everything from study abroad in London to participating in numerous clubs and organizations to internships and more.
“I’ve really grown from the many diverse experiences I’ve had at SU,” she said. “I’ve gotten to know people from many different walks of life and the people is what I’ll miss most when I graduate. Every single person I’ve met, from professors to staff members to classmates and friends, has something unique to offer and has helped to make this an amazing four years.”
Rimol’s time away from campus these past few years was also diverse and varied. She worked for a small public relations agency outside Boston one summer, and another summer she interned at GE in Norwalk, Connecticut, as part of the company’s Communications Leadership Development Program (CLDP).
“This was an amazing opportunity, as I was able to get a look at the communications function within one of the largest corporations in the world and learn from some of the best and brightest minds in the business,” said Rimol. “I worked with GE Capital Aviation Services, which is the commercial aircraft financing unit of GE. After learning all about the aircraft leasing and lending business, I was responsible for writing press releases about aircraft sales and deliveries, drafting articles for employee newsletters, working on an internal PR campaign and more. Everyone at GE from the other interns to the senior VPs was amazing to work with and so supportive of my experience, and it made for a great summer.”
While Rimol has not secured a job just yet, her goal it to return to the Boston area to pursue a job in agency public relations, specifically in technology and digital marketing. One thing is for sure – she’ll not soon forget her time at SU. Her most memorable moment?
“…when ‘Cuse basketball made it to the Final Four. There was so much school spirit and excitement in the air, and being a part of it made me really proud to be at SU. Having it be such an unexpected win made it even better! The moment they won that game and we knew we were going to the Final Four is a moment I’ll never forget.”
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