Hello there! I'm Rachel Zhang, Career Coach for international students. I am passionate about supporting you, whether your next journey leads you to a job, graduate school, or any other path you decide to pursue. As a proud member of the Direct Service Team, I'm on a mission to link you up with the fantastic tools and resources that can supercharge your career development. You can count on me for personalized 1:1 advising and exciting programming. Together, we'll navigate the pathways to your dreams and aspirations, making sure you have all the support you need.
My Advice to Students: I know this might sound cliché, but go into the career that you are passionate about. I LOVE talking with students and getting to know them. I LOVE seeing their happy faces leaving my appointments and feeling confident about their next action steps. I get excited every day because I don’t know what adventure I will have today and that’s what gets me to campus at 7:45 in the morning(I’m not kidding, you can go look for my car in the parking structure). Exploration is a part of the journey. It took me a while to realize this is the job that I wanted to be in. Take some time to think about what you want(not what I think, what your professor thinks or anyone else thinks) for your future. I will be here to support you and connect you to tools/resources every step of the way.
M.A. in Higher Education, Student Access and Success, University of Michigan
B.A. in Communication and Education, Community and Organization(ECO), University of Washington
Favorite Experience: During my junior year, I was at a deciding point where I could either double major in education or not. I felt so confused about what I could do with my degree in communication and education. I started to talk to my academic advisor. I was in his office every day at 8 a.m. sharp. He was so supportive and connected me to professionals and professors who have similar interests to ask for their advice. That’s the moment when I realized I wanted to be someone just like him, which is offering support to students when they need it. So I went to grad school to pursue a degree in higher education and here I am, supporting students and passing on the help I received, creating a cycle of care and empowerment.