Rae Chaloult

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Student Info

Graduation Year:
Spring 2016
Rochester Hills, Michigan

How did you decide on RCAH?
I come from a line of Spartans, so Michigan State was the only school that I ever truly considered in high school. I wanted to be part of a global community with a widespread family of alumni, yet I was worried that I would be lost in lectures of 500 people and not be able to build strong relationships with faculty. So when I found out MSU had 3 residential programs that offered a living-learning community with small personal classrooms, I just had to learn more! RCAH drew me in right away though; it holds such an accepting atmosphere with people that are passionate about making a dent into the world--however idealistic that may sound. I was, and still am, inspired by the people in RCAH and how everyone sharpens their strengths in the classroom, while continuing to explore and support passions over a variety of fields.

What are your academic interests?
I have an array of interests from history, philosophy, and writing, to politics, law, and gender studies. Likewise, because of my varied interests, RCAH helps me to continue to explore many different passions (some of which I didn’t know I had until this year!!!). I am also completing two minors alongside my RCAH major. The first is in Women and Gender Studies with a concentration on sexuality conflict/violence, and the other is Philosophy and Law.

What are your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience? 
I’m having a hard time narrowing down only a few aspects of RCAH because this experience is something that just keeps building upon itself and creating new opportunities every day. However, one of the main reasons that RCAH is so amazing are the people that make it this way. The professors teach classes that they are passionate about and every student is passionate about what they are learning and support each other along the way. The support in RCAH is probably one of the most influential reasons that RCAH is an experience and not just a checklist of classes that need to be completed before receiving a degree.

What are your future plans? 
When I finish my undergraduate time at Michigan State University, I would very much like to pursue law school and law as a career. At the moment, I am leaning towards focusing on international human rights law.

What are your hobbies and interests within and outside RCAH?
I love MSU and RCAH, so I am always trying to get people to join one or both of these amazing communities through RCAH Ambassadors and the Day at State Program. I am also involved in a small group of people that go to Edgewood, one of RCAH’s community partners, and organize arts and crafts for the elderly. Outside of the academic setting I love to binge-watch Netflix, eat Thai food, and ready sappy romance novels!

Have you ever taken part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU? If so, what programs? 
Last summer I went on the Freshmen Cultures of Creativity course that takes place in Detroit for a week. It was an amazing opportunity to meet faculty and students, both in and out of RCAH, before school had even started. Likewise, besides being a tremendous amount of fun, it allowed to me to connect with many opportunities that I would not have normally received, such as an internship with Ford that I am currently working on now.

I am also planning on going on the Ethics and Development in Mali this summer with other RCAH students and Dean Esquith. I am very excited for the work that we will be doing there and can’t wait to begin!