My name is Rebecca Swyers, and I have been serving as the Social Media Manager at Das Tor for the last year and a half. Before coming to Thunderbird, I was a professional writer, and finding a place I can call my home that integrates my past life was a blessing. Through Das Tor, I have created lifelong friendships with my team, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to join this community and serve Thunderbird.
Alumni and current students can agree that Pub Night is one of the best parts of Thunderbird. It is a time to relax after the long week of classes and gives us a chance to form relationships. This is why I love Thunderbird. Through two years, with unfortunately only one in person for my cohort, I have found a family here. I have always been the type to have one or two close friends, and that’s it. At Thunderbird, we have a society of people who have been brought together by our mutual love of travel and cultural exploration. I will forever be thankful for the friends I have made and the mentors I have gained through professors.
After I graduate, I hope to find a career in marketing and/or business strategy. While I have not found a position right for me yet, I have no doubt I will continue my path with a company that shares the same ideals as Thunderbird and gives room for growth.
My advice for first-year students as I graduate is to put yourself out there. You will never know something if you do not try, and Thunderbird has so many opportunities to try new things. There is a chance to meet people from countries all over the world, learn about their culture, and add new things to your bucket list. You can take classes that might change your view of the world and the career path you take. If you embrace Thunderbird, it will embrace you and make this the best time of your life.
I look forward to hearing about how Thunderbird and Das Tor grow after my departure and continuing to grow myself within the Thunderbird network through First Tuesday events wherever I may end up.