Alumni in the Spotlight

Casey Rea, B.B.A '16

1. What degree did you receive and what are your plans post-graduation?
I graduated with a double major in marketing and international studies.  Being a student at UM helped me grow because I was constantly encouraged to be analytical and find creative solutions.  As I continue with life after graduation and develop in my professional career, these are skills that I will be able to put to use in many life situations.  I have been working for ADT in Boca Raton for about two months now, and I have seen the practicality of those skills and methods that I learned during my time at UM and been able to put them into practice already!
2. Tell us about activities you led or were a part of while at UM. What are you most proud of about your time at UM/What legacy are you leaving?
During my time at UM I was the Director of Communications of Mortar Board Honor Society, the Alumnae Relations Chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and I was the President of the Student Alumni Ambassadors.  The thing that I am most proud of about my time at UM is the fact that I pushed myself to get as involved as I could.  This helped me to build relationships with so many amazing people that I would not have otherwise met, boosted my confidence tremendously, and allowed me to play a part in the betterment of those awesome organizations that believed in me.
4. What is the most important thing that UM taught you?
The most important thing that UM has taught me was to never settle.  Whether it was my professors or my classmates, there was always someone to make me challenge my work and my ideas.  The UM community is constantly looking to find ways to be better and to stand out, and my classes and the organizations that I was a part of were no exception.
5. What are you most looking forward to as an alum?
As an alum, I am most looking forward to being a member of the Young Alumni Leadership Council and continuing to give back to the community to help UM to reach greater heights.  It is important to me to stay involved to give back to the university that has given me so much.
6. What is one piece of advice you’d give your freshman self.
One piece of advice that I would give my freshman self would be to focus on finding the things that make you happy during your time at UM, whether that is through what you are studying or what you get involved in.  Go out of your way to take classes that seem interesting, and take the time to learn more about as many organizations and opportunities as you can.
7. How do you plan on staying engaged with your alma mater?
I am looking forward to staying engaged with UM by keeping in touch with the UMAA and continuing to use them as a resource for career guidance.
8. Which UM alum do you admire most and why (famous or someone you know personally)?
The UM alum that I admire most is my grandfather because of all of the sacrifices that he had to make in order to get through college to eventually reach his goals.  He never gave up no matter how difficult it may have been, and overcame every obstacle in his way to make a better life for my family.