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Sarah Raaii

Sarah Raaii


BBA 2010


Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance
University of Iowa Student Government, Senator
Associated Iowa Honors Students, President
University Lecture Committee, Marketing Director
Writing Fellow
Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest, first place


Economics and Journalism & Mass Communication

When Sarah Raaii enrolled at the University of Iowa, she followed her love of writing and communicating and majored in journalism and mass communication, but after taking a few business classes, she became intrigued with the idea of adding a business major.

Her transition into the College of Business was made easier through the encouragement of faculty members of the college, and she soon discovered she had the support of a network of people to guide her.

“In my experience, the faculty has truly been supportive here. When I was adding a business major, I spoke with Professor Ken Brown, and he gave me words of wisdom that I really valued. Later, he sent me an e-mail telling me he knew of an MBA student who had a similar background in journalism with whom I might want to chat. That was very thoughtful, and I appreciated it.”

As a freshman, Sarah was also interested in law school and while taking a course with Lon Moeller, associate dean of the college’s Undergraduate Program, she discovered he had attended Iowa’s College of Law.

“He was happy to sit down and talk with me about the College of Law, providing me with advice and feedback. Talking to people like that has helped me make decisions and has given me the ability to be confident in my choices.”

Sarah filled her time at the University of Iowa with more than academics. She was involved in student government, the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance, helped to resurrect a student organization for honors students, and filled her summers with internship opportunities. Her internships ranged from reporting, writing, and editing for The Ames Tribune and The Des Moines Register to working as a marketing intern at a local firm and as a business analyst intern at Target Corporation Headquarters. Sarah also won first place in the first competition of the Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest at the college during her junior year.