A double major in Business and Communication, Raulston Boger '13 learned in class about the importance of effective management and communication. The message really sunk in, though, when she interned at Ford Finance in Dearborn, Michigan.
Working in 2012 in the company's Export and Growth division, she called Ford employees worldwide to identify gaps in global revenue forecasting. "My biggest learning experience was how to work globally. I learned a lot about management style and the importance of communicating clearly with people you don't know."
Next steps with Ford
Raulston communicated so clearly she was offered a full-time position with Ford after graduation; she was one of five Queens hires by the firm in the past year. Just three weeks after walking across the Commencement stage, she reported as a Cost Analyst at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville "I am fortunate to have earned a position with such a prestigious company," she says.
"Ford has given me a valuable career opportunity working in one of their most profitable manufacturing plants. This job is more than I could ever ask for as my first entry-level job. Queens thoroughly prepared me for this first step in my career.”"
- Raulston Boger ’13
Raulston prepared herself by taking advantage of many opportunities available at Queens. For instance, when the Democratic National Convention came to Charlotte she was an intern assigned to work with visiting dignitaries. When not escorting people around the Convention Center, she was backstage or on the floor for big speeches (at one point she even found herself sitting behind the speechwriters).
Exploring the world
Raulston was also exposed to different perspectives throughout her four years at Queens. She gained new understanding of the challenges facing those with disabilities when she studied handicapped accessibility as part of a Queens seminar in proxemics.
She traveled internationally to both South Africa and Guatemala. As part of the annual mission trip to Guatemala, she grew spiritually with the guidance of a favorite professor, Dr. Diane Mowrey. In South Africa she faced her fears by jumping off the world's highest bungee jump bridge and even rode an ostrich. "I saw it as an opportunity to literally jump into my future and into the real world," she says.
Now, Raulston is exploring locally as she acclimates to her new home. "Louisville is a great city full of attractions," she says. She's already looking forward to hosting her fellow ADPi sisters and showing them around Louisville's hot spots. "Five months out of college and I definitely miss the people I met through Queens the most!"