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Rachel Krust

2015 Recipient

The BCG Scholarship will allow me to continue to focus on my studies and explore the ways in which policy and business can have a positive social impact on the Australian community.

Rachel

Q&A

Q: Tell us about your education background and what led you to pursue your degree?

A: I’m currently in my fourth year of a bachelor of economics and bachelor of law at the University of Sydney. In the last two years of my economics degree, I studied in the pre-honors economics program. I was motivated to study economics and law by an interest in their applications to public policy and social entrepreneurship, and I felt that the degree combination reflected my enjoyment of both math and the humanities. I was also able to continue my French studies in the early stages of my degree. Before studying at the University of Sydney, I graduated from school as Dux and School Captain.

Q: What is your passion outside of your studies?

A: I’ve always loved sports and music. I played NSW State League netball throughout my time at university and have also been involved in a number of social sporting competitions and in cross-country coaching. I have my associate's degree in music in clarinet and also play piano, and have really enjoyed teaching and continuing to play clarinet in an orchestra.

Learning about how legal, economic, and commercial expertise can be applied to make a social impact, especially in the Australian community, is a passion for me. While at university, I’ve explored this interest through work as a research assistant in economics at the University of Sydney, a research assistant at the University of Sydney Institute of Criminology, and a legal assistant at the Shopfront Youth Legal Centre. I’ve also been involved in volunteer initiatives at university, including AIME and Compass. I’m currently working as a paralegal at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. All of those experiences have provided me with invaluable insight into the power of knowledge and innovation—and inspired me to further explore how those insights can make a positive impact on communities.

Q: What achievement are you most proud of?

A: I am proud of how I’ve been able to balance my degree with extracurricular interests and actively seek out opportunities to learn more about the applications of my studies to public policy and social impact work.

Q: What difference will the BCG Scholarship make?

A: The BCG Scholarship will allow me to continue to focus on my studies and, in particular, to further explore the ways in which policy and business can have a positive social impact on the Australian community.

Q: What does being associated with BCG mean for you?

A: Being associated with BCG means knowing that pursuing my interests and passions is truly valued and supported—and having amazing professional development opportunities.

Q: Where does your future lie?

A: I plan to work as a consultant, and I’d love to pursue a masters of public policy.

Q: What do most people not know about you?

A: I love rural Australia, having grown up visiting the Riverina District in NSW regularly. I’m also a bit of a compulsive list maker, I avoid reverse parking at all costs, and I’d love to see the south of France.

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