Welcome Rebecca Cuccurullo, New LER International Peer Advisor
We are excited to Welcome second-semester LER student Rebecca Cuccurullo to the team as the new International Peer Advisor. Rebecca is a veteran of thus United States Navy and an emerging HR leader. Her international experience and professionalism will be a great asset as she works to provide advanced support for our international students. Here are a few words from Rebecca on what she will bring to the role:
The Navy challenged me- personally, professionally, and physically. However, I believe it shaped me into the individual I am today. When I lived in Okinawa Japan for over a year, I truly understood the concept of living in a foreign county. English was very limited there; however, I learned to bond with others through cooking, games, and attempts to learn Japanese. My favorite way to bond was cooking, as I learned traditional Japanese dishes, and taught my new friends how to make Italian and American dishes.
This past summer, I interned at AbbVie Pharmaceuticals in North Chicago, IL. I had an amazing experience, where I really felt the sense of culture and inclusion that I crave. I will be returning again this summer, and hope to apply my first two semesters at LER in an innovative way. When I first interned, it was my first exposure to HR. However with the encouragement of learning, and the motivation to be innovative, I had an experience that I believe will only make me a stronger HR professional.
Lastly, I truly feel grateful to be in this role, as I know it can be challenging to be in a foreign place. Since week one of my first semester, I have been learning several different Chinese traditions. I have learned how to make homemade dumplings, indulged in some amazing "hot pot", and even tried frog legs! I am very open to learning about other cultures and want my fellow classmates to have the best experience possible while at LER. While I am here for academic and professional reasons, I am also here to be a true companion who provides genuine advice to those in this program.