Meet the House President for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year in the interview below!
Nicole Rapkin (CAS ’16)
Where are you originally from? How did you end up deciding to attend BU?
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. After spending most of my life in a very small town, I knew I wanted to move to a big city. At the time, I intended to major in advertising, but I was interested in lots of other things as well. After looking at COM’s advertising program and seeing that if I chose to change my major (which I did), BU would have a strong program for whatever I decided to do. That’s when I knew BU was the perfect choice.
What are you hoping to do when you graduate next spring?
I am an International Relations major with a minor in Public Health, and I’m passionate about women’s health and women’s rights. I would like to combine these interests with my love for travel and spend a year or two doing field work abroad before pursuing a Master’s degree in either Global Health or Maternal and Child Health.
What has been one of your favorite memories of living in the HER House?
One of my favorite memories in the House was my first Senior Supper. We spent weeks preparing the decorations, personalized gifts, and an under-the-sea themed menu, but when the night of the dinner finally came, we could hardly get through the meal because the girls kept getting up to dance to Beyonce. I’m pretty sure most meals in the HER House go that way, and they’re all included in my favorite memories.
What has living in the HER House meant to you?
Living in the HER House has been so much more than a place to live. In addition to allowing me to pursue my degree, the support and love I receive from all the girls in the House has really allowed me to grow into myself, and I’ve loved being able to play a role in maintaining the House’s traditions for current and future HERlies.
What’s the greatest piece of advice you ever received?
Let people know when they’re appreciated. It’s always easy to let someone know when they’re doing something wrong, but taking time to acknowledge when someone says or does something nice can make a big impact.