My MCN Story: Rachel Sellstone

Today we invited Rachel Sellstone, to tell her MCN Story. Read on to find out her experience here at MCN!

Working with the Boston College chapter of GlobeMed has been a cornerstone of my undergraduate experience. I came into college knowing I was passionate about global health and social justice, and translating that passion into concrete goals through my work with GlobeMed is one of the most important things I have done as a college student. My peers in GlobeMed give me so much every time we are together, and the lessons I have learned as a member of the organization extend so far beyond the classroom.

It is because of this transformative power that GlobeMed has had in my life that I decided to join the MCN fellowship. At the time of my hearing about the fellowship, GlobeMed’s chapter at BC was still in a time of tremendous growth—navigating institutional red tape, partnership transitions, and retention problems. We had started our year with a bang; our new partnership with CORD: Siruvani was strong and promising, our e-board was closer than ever, and we were coming off a year where we had reached our fundraising goals for the first time. I personally was coming off a summer spent interning at GlobeMed’s national office, and was filled to the brim with new ideas and a bold vision for what my chapter could accomplish in 2014.

When the opportunity to apply for the Millennium Fellowship presented itself, I knew we had to take advantage of it. I think it was a match made in heaven—we had enough experience to collaborate with other student organizations, but were facing plenty of challenges that only something as innovative as the fellowship could help us tackle.

My experience in the fellowship spurred tremendous growth both in my student organization and in myself. There were the small habitual changes it inspired in how we operate as an organization—we completely revamped our system of online data-keeping, transformed the way in which we approach our meetings, and set concrete goals that we were sure to check in on quarterly. These changes significantly improved our internal operations, and I am confident that this is one of the main reasons why we more than surpassed our fundraising goals only 2/3 through the academic year. Our retention problems almost entirely disappeared, and the group is now closer than ever. To me, that is where the most important change has been made.

My time in GlobeMed and in MCN has shown me how much potential college students have to tackle the world’s most pressing issues. My ultimate goal in my time with GlobeMed at BC is to convince my peers of this potential. The fellowship has exposed my organization to that potential, and I am so proud of what we have accomplished simply by changing our mindset and actually realizing what we once thought was impossible. I’m not sure where I will take this passion from here, but I do know that I want to continue to amplify the student voice in the global development sphere. 

Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your story with MCN and we know you and GlobeMed at BC will go on to be great leaders in global development! To find out more information about the Fellowship program, please go here. The application to becoming an MCN fellow will be available later in the summer, so keep an eye out for that!