Rachel Runge graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Contemporary Studies and is currently a lawyer with Gowling WLG LLP. She is also currently serving as the vice-president of the WLUAA Board. A few years ago Rachel visited campus after being away for 10 years, she said it felt like coming home, and after that she ”couldn’t resist the opportunity to be part of the ongoing growth of WLU.” She loves the sense of community that WLU has. Even just wearing her Laurier sweater to do errands, she will bump into someone that has a connection here. Which is exactly how she met Mike (pictured above with Rachel), a grad from 1980. The two became fast friends and she says “Mike might be the only person more passionate about Laurier than me!“
Something that Rachel learned at Laurier that has stuck with her is that your degree is so much more than the subject matter. As she was nearing the end of her undergrad and unsure what to do next, career services reminded her that she had been developing both soft and hard skills that were transferable and valuable in either an academic or employment setting. Ultimately, she ended up attending law school at the University of Ottawa, and has been advancing her career ever since. Something that she is passionate about is helping young people develop their own careers and she has volunteered as a mentor for first generation law students. She says that “it’s exciting to work with students and I genuinely feel that I get as much out of the mentorship relationship as they do – it’s my way of keeping tabs on what is important to the newest members of the profession.”
If you’re like Rachel and appreciate a sense of community and want to get involved, then we encourage you to apply to join the WLUAA Board and we will be in contact to discuss opportunities.
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