Alumni Tale: Rachel Flanagan ’96

What did you study at UNH?

English

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I was having fun in New York City. I was working for a residential architect, helping him with anything and everything — from answering the phone to editing articles for magazines. It was also the year I started playing rugby for the N.Y. Women’s Rugby Club, which at the time was called Gotham Women’s Rugby Club.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

I was still living and working in New York, but then for a large, global architecture firm called Gensler in their communications group. I was also recovering from knee surgery No. 2. It was  the year of Sept. 11 terror attacks, which is a year I’ll never forget. I walked from Rockefeller Center down to the Village right after the first explosion and was scared out of my mind.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

I was working for Deloitte in New York City in the internal communications group. I got married in 2003 (to a rugby guy!) and by 2006 we were enjoying what turned out to be our last year without kids.

What are you doing now?

I am working and living in Chapel Hill, N.C. I still work in internal communications for Deloitte but I work full-time at home.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

I loved my time at UNH. I had great professors, particularly in the English Department. I took a lot of writing courses, which I know helped me become the writer I am today. I was also introduced to rugby at UNH, which became a huge part of my life.