Nexight Group is happy to welcome Rachel Lanspa to the team as our new Technical Writer and Editor. Rachel is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. We sat down with Rachel to ask her a few questions about herself, her views, and her new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
I graduated in May from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a major in English Communication and Technology and a minor in Information Systems. One of the projects I was involved with for my major was collecting and summarizing articles on women factory workers in the 19th century. Both the articles and my summaries—as well as articles from my classmates—were published as a website in association with the American Antiquarian Society. I also worked at the Writing Center on campus where I assisted students with editing and organizing their assignments. I worked with a variety of students whom I had never met before and edited work on various topics, such as calculus, psychology, world history, and education.
I grew up in Columbia, and when I am not working I am knitting, reading, and learning to swing dance in Baltimore.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
I was impressed by the atmosphere I felt at Nexight. From day one, everyone was so friendly and eager to help me. I also was drawn to the different opportunities that the company provides for staff to develop new skills that assist us in our individual career development.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a major in English and a minor in Information Systems?
I am passionate about writing and improving my writing skills. However, I wanted to include some more business and technology-related study in my academic career as well. The track of English that I chose—the Communications and Technology track—included classes about writing and theory, as well as about multimedia design and presentation. Combined with the business-related Information Technology classes like Project Management, and the technology-related classes like Human-Computer Interaction, I feel this choice of program gave me a well-rounded foundation with which I could begin my career.
Q: What is the most important thing you took away from your program?
I feel that I developed an adaptability for quickly learning new information. My minor involved classes focused on ideas that I had little previous exposure to, forcing me to adapt to these new ways of thinking. I will be able to apply these skills of learning quickly and communicating about a variety of subjects while working here at Nexight.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at Nexight?
I am most looking forward to all of the opportunities to learn, and to using what I learn to improve my own skills and to help my coworkers with their projects. I look forward to the day when I can be in charge of my own projects as well.