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Rachel Cleveland

Rachel  Cleveland
  • Student Writing Consultant
  • Staff

BIOGRAPHY

Office Hours: Sundays 7-10pm

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Hey there! My name is Rachel and I am a senior majoring in Social Relations and Policy with a minor in Spanish. As a proud JMC student, I am so excited to work in the Writing Consultancy this year. The college has afforded me so many opportunities for success. As a Black student who was mentored by Black upperclassmen, I hope to pay it forward by making the transition to JMC smoother for others. An important thing to know about me is that I am passionate about civil rights and criminal justice. I am motivated by leaders such as Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells, Shirley Chisholm, Bryan Stevenson, W.E.B. DuBois and Huey P. Newton, all of whom were pioneers who disrupted systems. I want to improve the lives of people who feel their voices aren’t being heard. By pursuing a career in public policy, I hope to magnify the voices of people who have been silenced for too long.

If there's one thing I’d want you to know, it’s that your voice and your perspective matter. As a freshman, I remember feeling crushed when I got my first paper back in my writing course. Coming from high school, I thought I was equipped with the skills to write a top-notch paper. However, know that the learning curve from high school to college is totally normal and is just part of the process. As a freshman, I spent time writing to impress my professors and in doing so, I lost my own voice. Don't lose your power getting caught up in writing what you think your professors want to hear. The very fact that you are the only you is your power. Know that you are just as capable of excelling as your peers and most importantly, that you belong in this space! 

While I’ve had an amazing time acquiring new skills during quarantine, such as cooking and baking, I am excited to kick off this semester. This semester, I will be working on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  I can’t wait to meet you at the Writing Consultancy and I hope that you leave feeling empowered!