Rudy Henriquez ’14 (San Francisco) enrolled as a Macalester first-year student intending to major in English and political science. Four years later, that’s exactly how his path unfolded. His advice to younger students: trust yourself. “Don’t be afraid to know what you’re going to do,” he says.

That focus led him to a leadership role as editor of The Words, the English Department’s student newsletter. As editor, Henriquez helps generate story ideas and then edits the content, formats the online newsletter, and coordinates each edition with student writers and department coordinator Jan Beebe. Those tasks, along with meeting students and faculty around campus, have helped him develop leadership skills. “It really led to a lot of doors opening up,” Henriquez says.

Those responsibilities gave him the experience and confidence that proved important in the job search, too. At home in the Bay Area over winter break, Henriquez started researching job opportunities at companies in San Francisco. That led to an application, an interview, and an eventual job offer at online business review site Yelp. As an account executive in the sales department, he will be selling the advertising package to small businesses in San Francisco and nationally.

Henriquez is excited to move back to his hometown, but his years in St. Paul were formative. He credits his majors with sharpening the writing and public speaking skills that will guide him in his career. And those aren’t the only parts of the Macalester experience that will stay with him: “I’ll always hear those bagpipes when I wake up on Saturday mornings, forever.”

April 2 2014

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