Central MA College Standout: Clark University’s Rebecca Liebman
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Rebecca Liebman, Student, Business Owner, Environmental Activist
Name: Rebecca Liebman
Educational Institution: Clark University
Course of Studies: Global Environmental Studies
Graduate or Undergraduate: Undergraduate
Take Back the Tap
Admissions Tour Guide
Initial Advantage (Entrepreneurship Club)
Student Alumni Relations Committee
A Conversation with Rebecca Liebman
SW: What accomplishments are you proud of beyond your regular academic studies?
RL: Traveling and seeing the difference between a passport and a diploma. A diploma teaches you to look at the differences…a passport teaches you to look at the similarities. No matter where you are, people are people.
SW: What would you most like to accomplish before graduating?
RL: Lessen the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere and get more women involved in entrepreneurship—but realistically, just make everyone a little happier in their day-to-day life.
SW: Have you been involved in any Environmental Initiatives? Any other projects?
RL: I started Take Back the Tap at Clark, an initiative to provide sustainable options for water on campus. Last year I received a grant to put water filling stations around Clark and provide students with reusable water bottles! The summer after my first year at Clark I lived in Kenya and worked with community members to start a library.
SW: Do you have your own business?
RL: I have an event planning business that I started and run in New England.
SW: What’s your favorite place to go to on campus? In Worcester?
RL: The Academic Commons, which I always tell people is “the living room of campus.” In Worcester, I love University Park Campus School and Evo.
SW: What is your favorite book, movie, or series?
RL: I definitely think about the lessons in Tuesdays with Morrie a lot, but I read constantly so I have many favorites—mostly non-fiction.
SW: What is your favorite quote?
RL: I collect quotes and I love so many. Probably a five-way tie, but let’s say these:
"Why make something disposable, like a building, when you can make something that lasts forever, like a greeting card?" – 500 Days of Summer, and “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
SW: Who beyond immediate family has had the greatest influence on you?
RL: I try to learn from everyone and every experience—it all teaches you something.
SW: Describe a stereotype of Worcester that you have found to be untrue.
RL: A lot of people think that Worcester water is unsafe for drinking. It’s not.
SW: As a student, what local issues are most important to you?
RL: In Worcester, economic development—and I see solutions that start with the school system.
SW: What would someone be surprised to learn about you?
RL: I was in Girl Scouts for 13 years and earned my Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award. People are usually really surprised when they find out.
SW: Describe the career and/or future you envision for yourself.
RL: I can see myself being happy doing a lot of things—definitely something with public speaking, project management, and maybe figuring out how the environment and economy can work together.
SW: If you could do just one thing to make a difference, what would it be?
RL: Inspire people to live their dreams, disrupt the norm, and innovate.
Susan Wagner is the president of Susan Wagner PR. In this challenging economy, she has begun a new division to offer affordable start-up packages to new and emerging small businesses and non-profit organizations that include professional writing services, websites, collateral, marketing, social media, grassroots outreach and PR campaigns.
If you have suggestions for a profile, please email email@example.com.
- Central MA College Standout: Clark’s Jeremy Levine
- Central MA Up + Comer: Clark University MBA Student Abigail Donahue
- Clark Grad Student Wins “Summer Of Maps” Fellowship
- Clark Hands Out Over 1,000 Degrees At Commencement
- Clark MBA Program Named 17th In Worldwide Sustainability Ranking
- Clark Named in Princeton Review’s Guide to Top ‘Green Colleges’
- Clark Scholar’s New Book Guides Teachers in Collaborative Learning
- Clark Students Present Policy Ideas to Conservation Society
- Clark To Host Expert on Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
- Clark University Honors Local Neighborhood Leader
- Clark University Named To Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools
- Clark University Professor Advises Air Force on Military Marriages
- Clark University Students Hold Walk for Marathon Victims
- Clark’s Haiti Tragedy: Professor Comes Home + Remembrances Planned
- Conference on Empowering Girls This Weekend At Clark University
- Holy Cross, Clark + WPI Named Top Colleges by Forbes
- Worcester Small Business With Heart: Clark Community Thrift Store
- Worcester’s Clark University Named To New Best Colleges Ranking