Rachelle Houle in the sound booth at WCCH radio.

Rachelle Houle




Business Administration / Paralegal Transfer Option


Student Senate; WCCH - 103.5 FM (general manager and radio host)

Favorite course/teacher:

Public speaking, with Rand Foerster. He was so amazing. It was a really fun class, laid back, not so intense, but I learned a lot, and I loved it.

Most meaningful encounter at HCC:

Meeting Joanne Kostides, the faculty advisor for the campus radio station, WCCH. She has given me a lot of encouragement to be able to do what I do here as the station's general manager. And also meeting, Liz Golen, the Student Activities coordinator. Liz always has my back. She's always been there for me, no matter what.

Why does education matter to you?

It matters for my future. To be able to do what I want to do I have to learn how to do it. I want to go into law, and there's a lot of education and studying that needs to happen in order for me to do that. I just can't walk out the door right now and be a lawyer.

What is your favorite thing about HCC?

Definitely the people. The diversity of the people and the friendships you make here. Also the opportunity to make connections and be part of the community.

Advice for fellow students?

Don't be afraid to ask for help. I didn't do that my first semester, and it hurt me. I started with five classes and ended up with two. Nothing was going well, but I never spoke up and said, I need help. I didn't go to the tutoring center. I didn't do anything. Reach out and use the resources that are available. Everyone here wants you to succeed. 

Where are you going from here?

After I graduate from HCC, I plan to transfer to either Westfield State University or Western New England University to get my bachelor's degree in Legal Studies. After that, I'll get my law degree.


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