By: Austin Ambrose and Sarah Rachul, @tex_ambrose and @
Sarah Rachul, current Junior Assistant Director and rising Executive Director of our PR firm ImPRessions. Outside of the professional realm, how much does anyone know about Rachul? Well, here’s an opportunity to get to know the woman in charge. We’re breaking down the barrier. Maybe you’ll have more in common than being in ImPRessions.
Where are you originally from and where did you go to high school?
I’m originally from Westlake, Ohio which is just outside of Cleveland. I was actually homeschooled through high school because I was a competitive golfer and traveled so much for that, and for trips with my family.
Why did you come to OU to study strategic communication?
Well obviously the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism has an amazing reputation, as does its faculty. But a big part of me choosing this school in particular, was the opportunity to join award winning PR programs like ImPRessions and PRSSA. I not only wanted classes that could prepare me for the real world but professional organizations that would help me get a job.
Why did you join ImPRessions and why have you stuck with it all these years?
After my first ImPRessions kick off freshman year, I knew that I wanted to be Executive Director and that became my goal for the next three years. Besides working to achieve that goal, I loved all the actual work I did for ImPRessions. Getting to work with three different clients and generate portfolio work was amazing. I love that ImPRessions can help you build your brand and your reputation as a rising PR star, while you’re still in college.
What else do you do on campus?
In addition to my heavy involvement with ImPRessions and PRSSA, I am also a tour guide. Because of the time these commitments take, I don’t have a lot of time for other campus involvement. However, I was recently named the 2015-2016 Victoria’s Secret PINK campus ambassador so I look forward to my involvement with that next year.
What is your guilty pleasure movie?
My favorite guilty pleasure movie would be the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. The total length of the movie is 5 hours so the guilty part is that I’ll make snacks and watch the entire thing straight through on Sundays.
When you think of middle school, what song comes to mind and why?
I would have to say the song “Into the Woods” from the musical of the same name. When I was in middle school, I was an actress/singer/dancer and often performed in musicals. When I performed in this particular musical, we would play the soundtrack (and this song in particular) every time we were in the car. We played it so much that even my 1 year old cousin had the chorus memorized.
You’re stuck on a desert island, who is the one person with you and the one item you have?
I would have James Bond and a deck of cards. I choose James Bond because I figure that if he goes missing then someone is going to try and rescue him and when they do I’ll get rescued too. The deck of cards is to entertain us while we wait for the helicopter.
Some know that you are a big fan of Disney, what makes you such a fan?
Honestly there are many reasons Disney is so close to my heart. It’s the place my family has been visiting since I was a baby which means I’ve been able to gather 21 years worth of memories in Disney. When I think of my childhood, I think of every trip to Disney and when I think of my happy place, I think of walking down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. I also admire Disney as brand. They consistently top the list of companies with the happiest employees and the happiest customers. I could go on and on but I’ll just say that when they claim to be the place “where dreams come true”, it’s not a gimmick.
What is your favorite thing about being at OU?
My favorite thing about being at OU also happens to be my least favorite thing about OU. I love the small college town feel at this school. I was immediately charmed by the brick lined streets and the tiny coffee shops on my first college visit. Living at OU is like stepping into a post card. However, you realize it’s just a little too small when you have to drive 40 minutes to the nearest Target.
What advice would you give an incoming freshman?
Don’t only get involved in what you think you should be involved in. Get involved with as many things that interested you because that’s the only way you’ll know what you really want to do. Also, there is no such thing as being over involved. There is no such thing is reaching too far or too high. “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!” – Brandt Paul.