Meet Gender Equity Champion Award Winner Kendall Rankin

How are you connected to OMED?  

My involvement with OMED started during Summer 2013 through the Challenge Program. Since then, I have constantly utilized resources including personal tutoring and forming a great relationship with my Edge leader. I have benefited so much from OMED's programs so I strive to pay it forward. I serve as an Edge Leader for a group of freshmen and transfer students. 

What advice would you give to students on succeeding academically?  

It is never too soon to get help, and it is NEVER too late to come back from a bad test grade or a bad semester. Be proactive in seeking help when you don't understand a concept. Also, I believe that your attitude towards learning a hard subject sets the tone for how you will do in the class. Start off strong with your study habits and you'll be successful!

What advice would you give to students on acclimating socially? 

Initially, you may want to have all of the friends in the world and to hang out with everyone to feel included. That's completely normal, but there will come a point in time where you start forming deeper relationships with a smaller group of people. Make sure you focus on nurturing those relationships instead of trying to have a lot of mediocre friendships. Having a strong group of people who will uplift goes a long way; these friendships can last a lifetime!

Where have you worked, and what did you enjoy about that experience? 

The summer after my freshman year, I interned with Eaton Corporation as an Operational Excellence intern in their Omaha, NE plant. Summer 2015 I interned with Procter & Gamble (P&G) as a Global Corporate Functions intern in their Product Supply function. This past summer, I continued working for Procter & Gamble in their Gillette business as an Innovation Diamond Management intern in Product Supply. Each of these experiences were amazing because of the company culture, real work experience, and support from the recruiters and my team members. I connected with these companies through OMED's corporate events, so I really value OMED's corporate network.

What has been your favorite Georgia Tech experience? 

Challenge 2013 was probably my favorite Georgia Tech experience because of the excellent foundation that it gave me to start my Georgia Tech career academically, socially, and professionally. I made lifelong friends through Challenge, connected to both P&G and Eaton recruiters (leading to internships!), and got to figure out how to succeed in the classroom before the fall semester began. I would do it all over again if I could!

 What are you involved with on campus and why?

The Diamond Campaign (TDC), Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers (GTSBE), Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), and Georgia Tech Student Ambassadors are my four main involvements. I'm very committed to helping minorities succeed in all aspects of life, so TDC and GTSBE allow me to build a pipeline of strong, educated, confident leaders from diverse backgrounds. ODK and GT Ambassadors allow me to give back to a school that has given so much to me. In those organizations, I officially represent Georgia Tech to esteemed visitors and also influence positive changes on campus.

What has been your study abroad experience? 

I have not studied abroad and that is my biggest regret of my college career so far. However, I am planning a service trip through the women's empowerment non-profit organization I started, The Diamond Campaign. TDC works with a group of girls that attend high school in the city of Atlanta. We want to show these girls that they can have impact not only in their own communities but throughout the world.

Congratulations to Kendall. We know you'll keep making OMED proud!