Q: If you had to describe yourself in just three words, what would they be?
A: Enthusiastic, dedicated, passionate.
Q: If we really knew you, we’d know these three things…
A: You’d know that it is rare to see me without a smile on my face. You’d know I love working with kids. And you’d know music is a huge part of my life. Whenever I need to chill, I crank up the radio.
Q: What makes you passionate about actuarial science?
A: I have always loved solving math problems. The professors here present us with new challenges, and there is always something to learn. The work involved with Actuarial Science keeps me engaged and excited to learn more.
Q: What is your dream career and how close are you to realizing it?
A: I would love to find a career with a company dedicated to helping others. If I could find an actuarial or financial position with an organization that strives to better society, it would be easy to wake up every morning and feel great about my job.
Q: Tell us about the service work you are most proud of.
A: Once a week, I volunteer at an after school program in Coraopolis called Network of Hope. It is a blast to help the kids with homework and watch them develop intellectually throughout the school year.
Q: Think of the most memorable or important time when you realized that you might have changed or /impacted someone else’s life. Tell us that story.
A: When working with the children at Network of Hope, it is obvious that the kids look up to us as college students. One time, a kid ran up to me to show off his spelling test; he was so excited that he did well. The enthusiasm that we present to the kids when it comes to education goes beyond our three hours spent there per week. This has led me to put my best foot forward at all times because you never know who is taking note of actions and attitude.
Q: Has anyone at RMU (students, friends, professors, faculty, etc.) positively /impacted your life and how did they do so?
A: RMU would not be the same without Tracy Gorrell. The first opportunity I had at school to step out of my shell was with the Freshman Mentor program. She trusted me to successfully work with new students and show them what it means to be a part of RMU. It was the first time I was required to step out of my comfort zone and stand in front of a class full of students, and I have learned to love helping others through First-Year Seminar.
Q: What professor at RMU simply rocks?
A: Dr. Hudak is an excellent professor. He epitomizes the definition of what a college professor should be. You can tell that he truly enjoys working with the students and would do anything to provide a successful environment for us. His door is always open and he never hesitates to sit down and discuss classes and future career plans with student.
Q: What’s your favorite RMU memory?
A: One of my best memories at RMU is helping out during orientation weekend as a Freshman Mentor. I love getting to know the new students and help make their transition to college a little easier.
Q: Have you changed at all since coming to RMU?
A: Before I came to RMU, I was extremely shy. Through Mentoring and the Peer Leader program, I have been given opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and step up and lead. Standing in front of a large crowd no longer terrifies me, and I enjoy taking the lead when necessary.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect of RMU?
A: The dedication that all faculty and staff display is an integral factor of RMU. Everyone genuinely cares about the success of the students and will go above and beyond what is necessary to make sure all students are reaching their potential.
RMU is the perfect place for someone who wants an environment where they are encouraged and supported in all of their endeavors. It is possible to dream big and achieve those dreams with the support of peers, faculty, and staff.
Dream big and achieve is an adage Change A Life hero and 2011 RMU graduate Lauren Grochocki, lives by. Lauren graduated with an actuarial science degree and thanks to her business-infused education and personal determination, Lauren's big dreams started coming true soon after graduation.
Back in 2010 during the launch of the Change A Life campaign, Lauren shared her career aspirations with us. Her ultimate goal was to utilize her RMU degree towards an organization that is dedicated to helping others, something she was well recognized for during her undergraduate career.
"If I could find an actuarial or financial position with an organization that strives to better society," Lauren said last year, "it would be easy to wake up every morning and feel great about my job."
And she found it. A few weeks after graduation, Lauren moved back home to Rockwall, Texas, and landed a job as an actuarial associate in the health and benefits department of Aon Hewitt, a global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage and human capital and management consulting.
"Everyone at Aon Hewitt is incredible and it's a great place to start a career," she said, noting that they strive to ensure their clients offer the best benefits and wellness solutions to employees. They are also dedicated to philanthropic efforts within the community.
"They really encourage colleagues to be active members of the community, and they host several volunteer opportunities throughout the year," she said.
As much Lauren loves her new job, she is a bit nostalgic for her undergraduate experience at RMU.
"It's hard to believe that I have completed four years at RMU," she said. "I don't think it has really hit me yet that I won't be returning in the fall to see my friends, work as a mentor and visit my favorite kids at the after school program, Network of Hope."
Still, Lauren's grateful for her RMU experience, noting that she'll never forget the dedicated faculty and staff who shaped her experience into something truly amazing.
"RMU is the perfect place for someone who wants an environment where they are encouraged and supported in all of their endeavors," she said. "It's possible to dream big and achieve those dreams at RMU."