Spotlight on Students – Raven McKenzie ’12

Recipient of the Carol Bernadyn Hediger Fund.

Scholarship support from the Carol Bernadyn Hediger Fund enabled Raven McKenzie ’12 to live on campus in the Global Village. “The experiences and knowledge I have gained living in the Women and Entrepreneurial Business House,” she says “are invaluable.” Each year the residents write and execute a business plan. Raven says she has become a “go-getter” because of the experience. She was drawn to Douglass because she saw what a positive experience her sister, Aija McKenzie ’08, had as part of the Douglass community.

An East Asian Studies major with an emphasis in Japanese, Raven is also pursuing a minor in human resource management together with a certificate in international studies. Her interest in Japanese culture blossomed out of a fondness for Japanese animation and comics in high school. “If I can major in something I love, and work in a field related my passion, then I could not be any happier,” says Raven who aspires to study abroad in Japan.

She would like to use the French and Japanese language skills she continues to develop in a future career in the government or hospitality industry.

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