Rachel currently serves as Executive Director of Alumni and Family Engagement at Azusa Pacific University.
In describing her experience in Creighton’s EdD program, Rachel admits the journey wasn’t always easy—but it was a venture worthy of her time, energy and money.
“I am not the kind of person that loves school, and I have to work really hard at it,” she said. “I was in classes with brilliant people and I kept questioning myself. ‘Do I belong here? Do I have a voice that will add value to the conversation? Do I have the chops to do this?’”
For Rachel, caring faculty members and a supportive cohort of peers made all the difference. Rachel knew nothing about the Jesuit value of Cura Personalis (care for the whole person) before arriving at Creighton. But by the time she graduated, she recognized Cura Personalis as a common thread woven throughout her experience here.
“I really believed everyone cared about me on a holistic level, and that has influenced the way I consider others when working with them,” she said.
Rachel was able to build close, lasting relationships with her classmates and faculty members, and looks forward to building upon those relationships for many years to come.
When asked what she would say to someone considering Creighton’s Ed.D. program, Rachel offered the following perspective:
“It will be hard, but it will be good. You will have to sacrifice more than you realize, even if you believe you have a realistic sense of the commitment required of you. Give yourself permission to be the expert. Don’t give up, don’t quit—the end is closer thank you think.”