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Darcy Russell, ’13 has recently been selected for the 2014 Teach for America Corps, which recruits recent college graduates to teach children growing up in lower-income urban and rural communities. More than 55,000 people applied for teaching positions this year.
During the application process, Russell, a marketing major at Nichols, reached the final stage, which consisted of a five-minute teaching lesson, a group discussion, a Q & A session, and finally a one-on-one interview.
“I felt very prepared and confident in each phase of the interview,” she says. “I knew how to answer each question appropriately, and which examples would bring out my best qualities. I had a great deal of practice in interviewing and presenting during my junior Professional Development Seminar (PDS) class at Nichols.”
Russell, who graduated Nichols last May magna cum laude, currently works as a Career and Leadership Development Specialist for the Mohegan Tribe in Uncasville, Connecticut. She also is a member of the tribe and obtained her current position as a result of her multiple internships at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville.
“My internship supervisor was familiar with the courses that I took at Nichols,” she adds. Those courses gave me an advantage over the rest of the interns and not only landed me the lead intern position, but also my newly-created position.”
Russell credits her Nichols professors with giving her the confidence to pursue her career goals. “I am truly grateful for the example my professors set for me,” she says. “My Business Communication professor, Luanne Westerling, inspired me with her poise, experience, confidence, and influence in the classroom. Even though I have just graduated, I feel like I have learned more than ever.”
Next August, Russell will begin her two-year assignment as an elementary school teacher on a Native American reservation in South Dakota.