This year, the Broad College of Business is represented on Michigan State University’s 2020 Homecoming Court by Williamston, Michigan, native Rachel Harman.
Harman is a senior in the Honors College, majoring in human resources management with a minor in leadership in integrated learning. Through Broad, she has secured multiple internships during her time at MSU, the most recent being an HR talent acquisition internship at Textron Systems.
“It is such an honor because so many of my fellow Spartans, friends and peers have influenced my time here and the experiences I’ve had,” Harman said. She described Homecoming Court as less of a position and more of a “culmination of my journey here at MSU, from advocating for more diversity, equity and inclusion within the residential environment to my affiliation with Broad, the Honors College, Bailey Scholars Program and others.”
Harman embodies what it means to be a true Spartan as she has left her mark on campus through her work in various organizations: the Residential Business Community, the Asian Pacific American Student Organization, the Honors College Students of Color Coalition and the Bailey Scholars Program. On top of all of that, she has helped other MSU students in her roles as a resident assistant, Residential Business Community mentor and CSE 101 tutor.
The anticipation leading up to Homecoming Week has left Harman and many other seniors reflecting on their time at MSU. “I’ve met so many wonderful individuals through Broad, both in class and on campus, and alumni at my various internships. Those memories are something I’ll treasure for a long time,” Harman said.
Students in Broad are put through rigorous courses and challenges, but as Harman explains, the end result is rewarding. “I’ve been very fortunate to have had both professors and fellow peers that have challenged me to expand my knowledge and experiences and grow as a person,” she said. “Broad also has an extensive network of graduates that have definitely helped me out in the professional world.”
Harman also serves as an inspiration for future Spartans, sharing advice for incoming freshman to make the most of their time at MSU. “You don’t need to rush your experience by trying to get every achievement, award or recognition,” she said. “The next couple years should be a time of discovery, figuring out what you like or don’t like, and a time for personal growth.”
Although MSU’s Homecoming Week this year looks different, without the traditional Green and White festivities around downtown East Lansing, Harman and the entire 2020 Homecoming Court are well deserving of praise and congratulations as they represent the Spartans Will spirit and this year’s graduating class.