As a student at Emory & Henry, Hannah Rhodes took advantage of every opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real world experiences. Doing so gave her the confidence and skills to launch a successful career in public relations and communications.
“Because Emory & Henry is such a small school, there are so many opportunities to take on leadership roles and to take initiative,” says Rhodes, who double majored in mass communications and public policy and community service. “I really gained confidence in my ability to relate to different people and to apply my leadership skills.”
Rhodes, who recently joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as a media relations assistant, was involved in numerous community service projects at Emory & Henry, including the Highlands Project After School Program. Through these types of experiences, she gained better insight into the struggles of poverty and explored creative ways to boost community development, economic growth and cultural preservation in Southwest Virginia.
“The community service projects helped me to immerse myself in what we were learning in the classroom,” says Rhodes, who is the granddaughter of retired E&H professor Eugene Rasor and daughter of alumnus Stephen Rhodes. “We did not just memorize facts, but also learned to ask critical questions and to think beyond the obvious. The community service I was involved in helped me to understand this area better. I developed the ability to look at the bigger picture, to see what’s missing and to think about what else I could do to make a difference.”
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Current City: Houston, Texas
Major: Mass communication and public policy and community service
Occupation: Media relations assistant for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Extra-curricular activities at Emory & Henry:
Women’s Bible Study Coordinator
Campus Christian Fellowship
Encounter (Sunday Night Worship Service)
Take Back the Night