Omar Rachid ’11 has “a fascination for everything international.” He was recently in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend a job fair to find a job as a high school history teacher in an international setting. The fair had nearly 200 schools attending from over 100 countries. As a numismatist, he is able to read numbers in several languages. He currently speaks five languages: Arabic, Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese. At Rollins, he has not only been involved in many different organizations, but he has also been able to learn a new language, German. Read below to learn about Rachid’s impact on Rollins.
Hometown: Valencia, Venezuela
Majors: Economics and French
Random Fact: I have a coin collection with over 500 coins from 126 countries.
What activities have you been involved with at Rollins over the years? I started Model UN on campus and have been funded for the past four years to attend the Harvard Model UN Conference. I was on the JUMP executive committee my freshman and sophomore years, then became a student coordinator my senior year. I have always been heavily involved with Admissions and traveled with them to Tampa, Boston and New York to recruit students at different receptions. This year, I am the student diplomat coordinator, and I have trained about 45 new tour guides (diplomats) as well as coordinated the entire group of 70 students.
What was your favorite part of your Rollins experience? Studying abroad in Paris for the year. I was able to take courses in French politics, economics, history, literature—but most importantly I was able to develop two research papers: one on the Europeanization of Morocco, and the second one on the literature of Frantz Fanon and the Algerian War. Additionally, I was an intern at the Embassy of Venezuela in Paris during my second semester and had an amazing work experience.
What should every student do before leaving? Check out Rollins from Lakeview Avenue, walk about five minutes around the lake on the winding road past Elizabeth Hall and catch a glimpse of Rollins at night from across the lake. It’s incomparable.
What do you plan to do aft er you graduate? I have been accepted into IESE’s “Young Talent Program” (Instituto de Educación Superior de la Empresa) in Barcelona, Spain. The school consistently ranks among the top 10 business schools in the world, and has a program for college grads in which you are granted admission under the condition that the student will seek 2-3 years of work experience before starting the MBA.