Heather and Katie Rooke are more than twins in nearly every way: they are majoring in the same degree, but also participate in many organizations at UNM.
Heather and Katie are both majoring in business but chose different minors. The sisters are first-year students at UNM, but have enough credits to be sophomores. UNM was not the sisters’ first choice, but they found out it wasn’t what they expected and started to like UNM more than they thought they might.
“UNM wasn’t our original choice for school, but I think the organization we got involved in and the stuff that is extracurricular are the things that make me actually realize UNM is okay and I like it,” said Katie.
Heather is the secretary of Howl Raiser and Katie is the football cheer for Howl Raiser.
They are both in ASUNM Community Experience, Lobo Spirit, and Student Special Events. Every day the twins are busy with classes in the morning and then they often attend numerous meetings in the afternoon. Even though balancing school and their duties in those organizations is complicated, its a lot of fun for the twins, they said.
Since high school, they were in many clubs and they are used to balancing out their daily schedule. Heather’s favorite organization is ASUNM Community Experience.
“I always liked community service,” said Heather. ASUNM CE is a volunteer organization with many different events. Katie likes Student Special Events the most because of all the music. The organization puts on concerts and fiestas for the University community.
Despite the time demands of the organizations and clubs, the twins are still able to hold a 4.0 GPA.
Looking to the future, Heather said she hopes a background in community service and just being involved will help her get mentorships and a career in corporate relations.
Katie said she participated in organizations first to add to her résumé, but then she said she discovered the organizations actually help people. She said she learns different type of skills and develops networks.
Katie and Heather Rooke would recommend that upcoming freshmen and other students get involved and try all the organizations to find which ones are the best for them.