Class of 2011
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Berwick, Maine
Rob Ranalli says, “I wanted a small school where I knew I could get the attention I needed to focus and stay on topic.” He praises the quality of Rivier’s academic programs and faculty. “I can get help getting my work done and done right so I’m actually learning and not just doing work,” he says.
A business management major, Rob says he’s always been able to communicate well and has good people skills. “I want a position where I can talk to people a lot, like in sales, and work as part of a team. I’d like to throw ideas out into the world and see if I can make a little change.” After graduation, he hopes to get his real estate license and buy, develop, build, and sell houses.
Courses like Entrepreneurship will prepare Rob to meet those goals. Students developed ideas for their own businesses. “We got to the point where we were all ready to fire it up,” Rob says. “It gave you a good understanding of how to prepare a business plan and put an idea into process.”
Rob says he also enjoyed his Business Communications class, which helped him understand how to get a message across without being repetitive and how to speak clearly when put on the spot.
As a member of the Business Students Association, Rob helped plan trips to the Federal Reserve in Boston and participated in the New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball team’s Celebration of Education. “It was a good time – we talked to guests, gave out information, and described Riv,” he says. This year, the club is planning a trip to Washington D.C.
Rob works three jobs. During the school year, he holds a work-study position as an admissions ambassador; when he returns to his hometown Berwick, Maine for the summer, he does heating and air conditioning work. Still, Rob and his family rely on financial aid to help pay for part of Rob’s education. “The Financial Aid Office has been helpful,” he says.