The Simpson University Experience - Rachel Lowe

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"Simpson provides students access to our professors’ hearts to see their students succeed. Not only have I learned what I need for my future occupation, I have acquired extra appreciation for the community and wisdom that our professors offer to us, which is just as valuable."

— Rachel Lowe, business administration major, class of 2017

Simpson University senior Rachel Lowe is combining her interests in business administration, marketing, and music to gain the knowledge and skills she needs to one day open and run a coffee house/music venue for young adults, a dream she has had since she was a junior in high school.

“I decided to major in business administration because it’s something that involves people, and I really enjoy people,” the Eagle Creek, Ore., resident said. “I also want to be an entrepreneur in the future and make an impact in a business environment.”

According to Rachel, one of the things that makes Simpson’s business program unique are the connections between students and professors.

“Simpson provides students access to our professors’ hearts to see their students succeed,” she said. “Not only have I learned what I need for my future occupation, I have acquired extra appreciation for the community and wisdom that our professors offer to us, which is just as valuable.”

As part of the business curriculum, students have to participate in an internship. Rachel gained valuable hands-on business planning experience during a three-week internship in Tapei, Taiwan, in 2016. She worked at coffee house run by Envision, the Christian and Missionary Alliance’s short-term mission and internship program.

“It was very hard and very intense, but the communication skills and material I have learned in my business classes really helped me to work well with our group,” she said.

In addition to her business degree, Rachel is also pursuing a music minor. She has served on the university’s chapel worship team and the worship team at a local church.

“What I have learned in my Bible classes and music classes really helped me prepare for the culture that a worship team lives in and how it functions,” she said.

One of the reasons Rachel decided to attend Simpson was the sense of community she witnessed when her brother was a student.

“My brother told me about Simpson, and I fell in love with the community he was surrounded by, and I wanted to be part of that community,” she said.

That sense of community is one of the reasons Rachel would encourage others to attend Simpson.

“I cannot stress community enough and the unique opportunity to be in a place that fosters spiritual growth freely within the student body, staff, and faculty,” she said. “It is a collective mission that we all strive for, which is an encouraging environment to be in let alone a place that offers great academic programs to aid in your spiritual and personal growth.”

In order to offset the cost of college, Rachel receives several scholarships and said she is grateful for the financial support from donors.

“You have lifted huge amounts of stress off my shoulders as well as my family’s shoulders,” she said. “Your gifts have been a huge blessing for my continuation at Simpson.”

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